Business Day has published my letter today calling on Minister Lindiwe Zulu to re-enter the debate on labour reform, among other things.
You can read here at BDLive or in full below:
For Minister Lindiwe Zulu to earn the moniker “driver of change” (Drivers of change must pull together to restart economy, Peter Attard Montalto, 24 November) she first needs to do the following:
1. Re-enter the debate on labour reform. Shortly after her appointment as Small Business Minister she made some sensible comments about how business was put off hiring because of restrictive labour legislation. After Cosatu took her out at the knees, she has not ventured into that territory again.
2. Related to this, she should support Herman Mashaba’s bid to have the Constitutional Court reform Section 32 of the Labour Relations Act which mandates the Minister of Labour to extend agreements concluded by sector bargaining councils to non-parties to these agreements.
3. Advocate tax and regulatory reforms to allow small businesses to focus on growth rather than grapple with burdensome and punitive red tape and disincentives.