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Building Sector Sectoral Determination: Department of Labour calls on stakeholder inputs as hearings reaches climax

by lloyd last modified 2014-08-28 12:15

28 August 2014

The Department of Labour’s public hearings used to conducting an investigation into the building sector with the view to establish a sectoral determination (SD), which prescribes minimum wages and conditions of employment for this sector is coming to an end on Friday (August 29).

The Building Sector public hearings are being held to establish:

·                The feasibility of establishing a sectoral determination for the Building Sector;

·                The categories of employees to be covered by a possible sectoral determination;

·                Determining the mechanism to be utilised for setting minimum wages and annual increases;

·                Determining the factors to be taken into consideration when setting minimum wages;

·                Determining the level at which minimum wages should be pegged;

·                Any other conditions related to the operation within the sector.

Tomorrow (August 29) the Department is set to host the last in a series of national public hearings aimed at obtaining inputs from employers and employees in the Building sector.

The hearings will conclude on Friday with sessions in the Western Cape (George Council Chambers 54 York Street); KwaZulu-Natal (at the Department of Labour offices at 29 Scott Street, Newcastle); and in Limpopo (at the Department’s Provincial Office, 42A Schoeman Street).

The national hearings, which included a number of site visits of building sector companies started on 12 August 2014 at the Sport and Recreation Hall in Pretoria North. All hearings start at 10am.

In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Sectoral Determination entails aspects that deal with the protection of workers in vulnerable sectors/areas of work. The determination sets minimum working hours, minimum wages, number of leave days and termination rules.

Issued by: Mokgadi Pela

Acting Ministerial Liaison Officer

Contact: 082 808 2168

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