CT chamber slams draft legislation

The Cape Chamber of Commerce has criticised the new draft regulations relating to the Employment Equity Act.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce has criticised the new draft regulations relating to the Employment Equity Act. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has slammed new draft regulations relating to the Employment Equity Act.

This comes after the Department of Correctional Services used national demographics to justify its decision not to promote a group of coloured employees.

The matter landed up in the Labour Court.

The chamber's Janine Mybergh said business will be hurt by the draft regulations.

"Business in the Cape will be forced to impose this system of unfair discrimination on their staff, if they have to implement the new draft regulations in terms of the Employment Equity Act."

Mybergh added that the Chamber has written to the Minister of Labour for intervention.

"In this letter we quoted the recent judgment which states that not taking regional demographics into account when promoting staff amounted to unfair discrimination. When a national figure is used, there is a massive prejudice against coloured people in the Western Cape."