Labour Minister has warned of turbulence in the labour market. She said: "Recent developments in the labour front signify a turbulent period ahead, but I still believe that it is incumbent upon me to extend best wishes to you all for 2014," she said at a National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) conference.
Job growth was "the most important challenge" for 2014, Oliphant said at the Nedlac conference. She added; "We also hope that this year will buck the trend of 2013 that saw a higher number of new contract jobs or short-duration jobs than permanent jobs." This was in line with the National Development Plan's aim to create 2.8-million new jobs by 2015.
She noted criticism of labour legislation and labour dispensation, particularly from some international bodies, as well as local business and the media.
" There are also some who are clearly of the view that our labour legislation is too restrictive and that the South African labour market is over-regulated. We certainly don't think so."