Labour Deputy Minister, iNkosi Holomisa to deliver a keynote address when Department of Labour IES branch engages employers on failure to comply with Employment Equity Act
The Department of Labour Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch is to host a breakfast session on employment equity (EE) and related matters with both private and public sector employers and organised labour to gather reasons why it is so difficult to comply with EE legislation.
Under the tagline – We strive for transformation the engagement is part of Department’s IES branch advocacy sessions. The advocacy will enable the Department to come up with strategies and interventions that will assist in transforming the workplaces going forward.
Labour Deputy Minister, iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa will deliver a keynote address.
The breakfast session will be held at Birchwood Hotel and Conference on Monday.
The goal of the EE breakfast session is:
To strengthen EE implementation and compliance mechanisms.
To foster redress transformation for economic development of the country
To provide an outcome on the DG Reviews conducted on the 50 JSE Listed companies.
IES Branch is currently as part of its work plan; conducting Director-General Reviews to designated employers where 72 JSE Listed Companies operating in different sectors were identified as subject of reviews. Thus far, 50 companies that have been reviewed none was found to be compliant and as such DG Recommendations were issued with expected time frames of compliance and others were referred directly for prosecution for failure to prepare Employment Equity Plans.
The companies were in Finance and Business sector; Electricity, Gas (Chemical) and Water; Construction; Manufacturing; Retail and Motor Trade; Catering, and Accommodation Sector.
During the last financial year, 2016/17, the Branch conducted a similar session in Cape Town where EE Managers were invited to engage on EE issues and the lack of transformation in their respective workplace as they are mandated to transform as per section 24 of the Act. IES plans to extend its advocacy nationally.
The breakfast session is targeting heads of Departments, Chief Executives and Managing Directors of Companies; organised business and employers; Human Resources and Practitioners; EE Forum members; assigned senior EE managers; and community constituencies among others.
The EE Act is currently a subject of discussion at Nedlac ahead of amendments to give teeth to legislation to ensure compliance.
Source: Government of South Africa