BRICS will have to wake up since the organisation is so far a sleeping giant on key international organisations such as the International Labour Organisation (IOL) and G20. This was the key message of the Minister of Employment and Labour, Mr. Thulas Nxesi in his opening speech to the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting […]

BRICS countries urged to promote trade among themselves

There was a pressing need for BRICS countries to trade more with each other than with the rest of the world, a meeting was told at the second Employment Working Group (EWG) in Port Alfred on Wednesday. Mr Jens Dyring Christensen, Senior Specialist: Enterprise Development and Management at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), was speaking […]

Basic income grant – a vital tool for social protection – BRICS

It is about time South Africa resolves the controversial issue of the R350 Social Relief Grant in favour of the Basic Income Grant (BIG), a meeting of the Second BRICS Working Group was told in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape on the first day on Tuesday. Dr Joni Musabayana, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director for Decent […]

Eastern Cape hosts the 2nd session of BRICS EWG labour and employment stream meetings

Enhancing and strengthening social protection coupled with the elevation of informal sector contribution will take centre stage when the second – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) countries’ Employment Working Group (EWG) series of meetings gets underway next week. The Department of Employment and Labour will host the second in a series of […]

Employment and Labour Director Unveils a wish to formalise the informal sector

The Director General of Employment and Labour, Mr Thobile Lamati, has said South Africa, along with other BRICS member states are committed to bring on board the informal sector into the mainstream economy as part of normalisation of the labour market. The Director General was speaking to the media at the end of the 4-day […]

BRICS collective efforts can make a meaningful difference in the lives of people

The Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour, Ms Boitumelo Moloi, has re-iterated the country’s commitment to supporting efforts of BRICS member states to eradicate poverty, support job creation as part of creating the decent work agenda.  The Deputy Minister was speaking at a gala dinner where she hosted the BRICS member states at the end […]

Falling union membership – a threat to decent work agenda

Trade union membership in South Africa was declining at an alarming rate and currently standing at 23%, a meeting of BRICS member states was told in Muldersdrift, near Johannesburg on Wednesday.  The BRICS meeting is being attended by 5 member states namely, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa along with the International Labour Organisation […]

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