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MPs debate Labour Relations Bill

ANC MPs came under fire for removing a clause in the Labour Relations Bill.

ANC MPs came under fire for removing a clause in the Labour Relations Bill. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ANC has come under fire over new amendments to the Labour Relations Bill.

ANC Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday succeeded in removing a clause from the bill that would have required unions to conduct strike ballots.

The bill is currently before parliament's labour portfolio committee.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) slammed the ANC for not supporting the proposal for balloting to be reintroduced.

Balloting would allow for workers to vote on whether or not they want to go on strike instead of leaving the decision up to union bosses.

ANC MPs argued that ballots would undermine the constitutional right to work stoppages.

Meanwhile, labour experts have condemned amendments to the bill that would force employers to treat temporary fixed contracts of part-time workers on an equal basis after three months.

They are worried the amendments would be disastrous for job creation.