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COSATU will present its submissions on the Labour Laws Amendment (LLA) Bill to Parliament tomorrow

21 September 2016

The Congress of South African Trade Unions will present its submissions on the Labour Laws Amendment (LLA) Bill to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour’ public hearings at 9am ,Thursday 22 September ,at Parliament’s Old Assembly Chamber. The federation supports and welcomes the progressive provisions of the LLA Bill, which will provide ten {10} days paternity and parental leave for fathers and parents, when their children are born. This will be in addition to and separate from the existing maternity leave provisions already provided for in law.

COSATU further welcomes the LLA Bill’s proposals to provide for ten {10} weeks adoption leave for one parent, when adopting a child under 2 years of age. However ,COSATU believes that this needs to be expanded to cover all adopted children irrespective of their age as well as to be expanded to four {4} months in line with maternity leave provisions.

We are currently engaging with government on the need for paternity, parental and adoption leave at Nedlac. Parental, paternity and adoption leave have been at the forefront of many COSATU campaigns. The federation applauds this progressive Bill and urges its speedy processing and passage into law by Parliament. This will further enrich our society, strengthen families, advance gender equality and deepen the bonds of parents with their children.

For further information, please contact: COSATU Parliamentary Officer , Matthew Parks @ 021 461 3835- Cell: 082 785 0687
Email: matthew@cosatu.org.za