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Department of Labour to kick-start national public hearings to decide on new minimum wage for Hospitality Sector

by lloyd last modified 2016-02-03 17:25

03 February 2016

The Department of Labour will on 10 February 2016 begin national public hearings and on-site visits as part of an effort to review the minimum wages and employment conditions in the Hospitality Sector.

The Hospitality Sector’s three-year Sectoral Determination comes to an end on 30 June 2016. The Sectoral Determination spells out minimum wages, number of leave days, working hours and termination rules among other conditions of employment.

 The initial public hearings on February 10 will begin in Bloemfontein at the Department of Labour offices at corner Charlotte Maxeke and West Burger Streets; and in Durban at 85 O.R Tambo Street, respectively.

The Hospitality national public hearings and inputs gathering initiative will culminate on 11 March 2016 at 239 Concilium Building at corner Nana Sita and Thabo Sehume Streets in Tshwane (Pretoria).

In terms of the minimum wages for employees in the Hospitality Sector, for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 for establishments with 10 or less employees the current minimum wage is: (R2 760,59) monthly; (R637,10) weekly; (R14,15) hourly).

For those employers with more than 10 employees the minimum wage for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 is: (R3 076,98) monthly; (R710,12) weekly; and (R15,77) hourly.

The Sectoral Determination in Hospitality Sector covers any commercial business or part of a commercial business in which employers and workers are associated for the purpose of carrying on or conducting one or more of the following activities for reward in a hotel, motel, inn, resort, game lodge, hostel, guest house, guest farm or bed and breakfast establishment including short stay accommodation, self-catering, timeshares, camps, and caravan parks.

It also includes restaurants, pubs, taverns, cafés, tearooms, coffee shops, fast food outlets, snack bars, industrial or commercial caterers, function caterers, contract caterers and includes all activities or operations incidental to or subsequent on any of the activities mentioned above.

The Hospitality Sector sectoral determination excludes workers and employers involved in the trade of letting of flats, rooms and/or houses. It also excludes all workers and employers covered by another sectoral determination in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. It further excludes areas that are covered by a Statutory Council or a Bargaining Council.

The Hospitality national public hearings will start at 9am and 13:00 respectively.

Issued by Department of Labour Communication Directorate:

Mokgadi Pela

Acting Departmental Spokesman

082 808 2168


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