IRR launches Employment Equity Bill petition
11 March 2022
The IRR has officially launched a petition calling on President Ramaphosa to veto the race-quota Employment Equity Amendment Bill (EEB) on the basis that it is unconstitutional.
The EEB will allow the Minister of Employment and Labour to “set numerical targets for any national economic sector”, including “targets for different occupational levels, sub-sectors or regions within a sector” to achieve “equitable representation” at “all occupational levels in the workforce”.
The EEB provides for punishing non-compliance with these race quotas through multimillion rand fines and the reintroduction of the same kind of pre-qualification race criteria recently struck down by the Constitutional Court. It should be noted that the EEB could allow for even more stringent race quotas than those recently struck down.
The EEB is the latest example of the government doubling down on failed policies. BEE policies have, over the last 15 years, entrenched crony-capitalist business practices, and increased the stakes of political connections, while the vast majority of South Africans have been trapped within the resulting no-growth framework. The EEB is another anti-poor race-law that will only exacerbate these trends and effects, as the IRR has warned MPs (See Submission to the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour, National Assembly, regarding the Employment Equity Amendment Bill of 2020 [B14-2020])
Next week, the IRR will host a media briefing (details below) to unpack the provisions and likely consequences of this draft legislation.