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Department of Labour Garden and Landscaping services sector public hearings to enter last stretch

by lloyd last modified 2014-10-01 11:56

01 October 2014

The Department of Labour’s public hearings to conduct an investigation into the Garden and Landscaping services sector is to branch out to KwaZulu-Natal.

The national public hearings are held with a view to extent sectoral determination (SD), which prescribes minimum wages and conditions of employment for this sector, to the Garden and Landscaping services sector.

The latest public hearings will be held in Durban at the Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo (Marine Parade) on 08-October-2014. In Richards Bay, hearings will be held at Protea Hotel Empangeni, 64 Turnbull Street on 09-October-2014. And also in Newcastle, 29 Scott Street on 10-October-2014.

The hearings will start at 10am.

The Garden and Landscaping services sector cover activities such as digging, raking, mowing, spreading, mixing, watering, trimming hedges, weeding, felling or removing trees or other vegetation or planting under supervision.

The hearings are held to engage both employers and workers on issues such as the categories of workers to be covered by the Sectoral Determination, the factors to be taken into consideration when setting minimum wages, determining the mechanism to be utilised for setting minimum wages and annual increases; including the level at which minimum wages should be pegged and any other conditions related to the operation within the sector.

The national public hearings are expected to conclude in Mpumalanga with hearings held in Nelspruit at the Department of Labour’s Labour Centre at 29 Brown Street, Packade Building on 15 October 2014.

This will be followed  by another session in Ermelo’s Msukaligwa Municipality in Taute Street on 16 October. The last hearing will be held at Witbank’s department labour centre boardroom at corner Beaty and Hofmeyer Street on 17 October.

The Garden and Landscaping services sector currently has no sectoral determination. Currently, most of the employers in the sector comply with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).

Issued by: Mokgadi Pela

Acting Ministerial Liaison Officer

Contact: 082 808 2168

mokgadi.pela@labour.gov.za

 


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