WINDHOEK: Labour hire agencies should not view the Labour Amendment Act of 2012 negatively, but should rather ‘clear up the mess and correct the injustice’ to which they have subjected the Namibian people.
This was stated by Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Stanley Simataa during a media conference yesterday.
He also raised the concern that allegations ‘have been circulated by labour hire agencies through the media that Government’s operationalisation of the Act on 01 August was done without regard to the possibility that this would increase unemployment’, saying this is untrue and unfounded.
Simataa gave his assurance that no massive unemployment has been caused or shall be caused by this process and further said the new law does not prevent employers from hiring employees on a temporary basis for legitimate business reasons.
‘The Labour Amendment Act only closes a loophole that enabled the user enterprises to evade responsibility toward the persons working for them,’ the deputy minister stated.
Through the development and enactment of the Labour Amendment Act 2012, Simataa said, Government and Parliament have made a policy choice in favour of decent work and greater protection of employees.