The Labour Department has released a statement welcoming the Constitutional Court’s ruling against Solidarity on enforcing a recommendation by the Human Rights Commission on the Employment Equity Act.
The Department of Employment and Labour, led by Minister Thulas Nxesi, released a statement on Monday, 8 February 2021, welcoming the Constitutional Court’s dismissal of Solidarity’s efforts to amend the Employment Equity Act. The act currently works on the basis of race, whereby companies are required to hire employees according to a stipulated quota. However, should the court have ruled in Solidarity’s favour, then the act would have been amended to consider socio-economic classes, rather than race.
According to the statement, Nxesi stated, “The Constitutional Court, in our view, correctly dismissed this frivolous court challenge which seeks to rewrite the painful past that we come from and the measures that have been instituted to ensure that the injustices of the past are redeemed to the extent possible.”
Nxesi further added, “What this judgment does is to give us even more impetus to work towards the transformation of the workplace and we commit to ensure that we will do all that is in our power to see a more representative workplace”
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— Department of Employment and Labour (@deptoflabour) February 8, 2021