Pretoria: The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) says its commissioners are ready to implement new amended labour laws that are now in force.

This emerged at the labour law information road show attended by more than a thousand people at the ICC in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

The Department of Labour and CCMA are holding road shows to educate stakeholders on the implications of new labour laws.

Raj Shanker, Convening Senior Commissioner of the CCMA in KwaZulu-Natal, told stakeholders from organised labour, business, government and community organisations that a lot of work had already been done following the promulgation of the Labour Relations Act, the Employment Equity Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

“We have done everything necessary to implement these changes. We have trained our commissioners around the country on the amendments,” he said.

He said the changes to the laws were as a result of the agreement by National Economic Development and Labour Council’s (NEDLAC) social partners, organised labour, business, government and community groups.

Key to the amendments was to respond to increased informalisation in the labour market, ensure that vulnerable categories of workers receive adequate protection and are employed in conditions of decent work.

The amendments also seek to enhance the effectiveness of the primary labour market institutions such as Labour Court, the CCMA, the Essential Services Committee and labour inspectorate, strengthen the implementation of employment equity and enhance equal treatment in the workplace and also reposition the public employment service.

Shanker said the CCMA was excited and ready to implement these changes.

The road shows will be held until 6 March at the following venues:

25 February at Sun Meropa Casino, Plot 59 Roodepoort Road, Polokwane;

26 February at Umbali Lodge, Portion 44 of Cromdale farm, Nelspruit (Mbombela);

2 March at Kat Leisure Osner Hotel Office Suites, Kennaway Hotel, Esplanade, East London;

5 March at ETC Conference Centre Spondo Street at Struandale in Port Elizabeth;

5 March at Safari Lodge Hotel and Convention Centre, 1 Donkerhoek Road, Rustenburg;

6 March at the CSIR Conference Centre in Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria.

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

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