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LRA Amendment Bill stalls as National Assembly vote doesn’t happen

21 June 2013   (0 Comments)
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In the National Assembly last night, the BCEA and LRA Bills were debated and voted on. The BCEA was voted on to go to the National Council of Provinces and from there is comes back to the State President for signing into law. 


Regarding the LRA, a lot of debate took place between the political parties. The DA called for a division (a voting on the Bill). They also raised the point that there was no quorum in the house and after voting established that there was in fact no quorum in the house, a vote could not be taken.


This means that the LRA Bill will not go through to the National Council of Provinces and will be delayed.   After listening to the debates there was no talk really about termination of brokers after 3 months. There was a lot of talk about deeming employment which supports the clear interpretation, i.e. joint & several liability and equal treatment, that CAPES has been saying from the outset.


We have confirmed that the National Assembly will be on winter recess and will only reconvene on 22 July 2013. Only time will tell when the LRA will be back on the National Assembly programme for a second attempt at voting it through.


Members are reminded that this means that the status quo as per the prevailing Labour Relations Act is in force and that business should continue "as normal”


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