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DA opposes labour law amendments

The proposed labour law changes will ultimately destroy jobs, the DA warned.

Th Prestige Factory in Maitland on 11 June 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and Labour Relations Act will ultimately destroy jobs, the Democratic Alliance (DA) warned on Monday.

Later this week, Parliament's Labour Portfolio Committee will hold public hearings on the issue in Cape Town.

The DA has called for a new regulatory impact assessment to determine the effect of current proposals on job creation.

Over three million people between the ages of 15 and 34 are currently unemployed in South Africa, the highest figure globally.

The DA's Andricus van der Westhuizen said business is concerned that temporary employment will be adversely affected.

If the proposed laws are passed in their current form, it would make temporary employment costly.

The DA has proposed better regulations for temporary workers.