FMF criticises labour ministry

The organisation says the Labour Act needs closer scrutiny by Minister Mildred Oliphant.

The foundation lodged its legal challenge last year, but the labour ministry only responded last month. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Free Market Foundation says it believes Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has not understood its legal challenge to the section of the Labour Act that forces agreements reached at bargaining councils on all the firms in that sector.

The foundation lodged its legal challenge last year, but the labour ministry only responded last month.

It has now lodged its final set of papers.

Chairman of the foundation, Herman Mashaba says he believes it's unconstitutional for all firms in one sector and their employees to conform to a wage deal reached by a bargaining council when they were not part of those negotiations.

"Now it's time for the minister to really move the goal post. She does not understand this case which we've really tried so many times to explain the gist of our challenges."

He says they now want to go to court urgently because they believe a different system could help create more jobs.