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Media Centre | COSATU Press Statements
BASIC CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT BILL
15 September 1997
Press release issued by COSATU National Office Bearers on the Basic Conditions of Employment Bill
The COSATU National Office Bearers have noted the new bill as released by Comrade Tito Mboweni yesterday 14/09/97. We welcome the fact that at last the Minister have accepted what COSATU has been proposing all along, that we conclude the negotiations in NEDLAC, record areas of agreement and disagreement and put the bill before the parliamentary process.
While we welcome new reformulations in certain areas, we want to place on record that it is our view that there is still no consensus on the core areas of maternity, working hours, variation and child labour. We still have to see any compromises from the side of business. We also reject with contempt what has been widely reported in the media that COSATU or labour for that matter have endorsed the current bill. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Taking into account the previous meeting of the Alliance, the positions proposed by the ANC and those that have been adopted by the Special Executive Committee (EXCO) on 5/9/97, we will be raising proposals on how to resolve these outstanding issues within the Alliance and or during the parliamentary process.
The full response on the bill and the approach by COSATU will be outlined by the Secretariat at Congress.