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The Department of Labour steams ahead to review wages and conditions of employment in the hospitality and taxi sector

by lloyd last modified 2013-03-15 11:10

15 March 2013

The Department of Labour (DoL) will on Monday (March 18) push ahead with further public hearings and on-site visits as part of an endeavour to review the minimum wages and employment conditions of the Taxi and Hospitality Sectors.

The consultative process is expected to trek to KwaZulu-Natal, with public hearings for Taxi Sector to be held at Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo Parade, Durban on March 18, followed by another session on March 20 in Richards Bay at Imbizo Conference Centre, 45-57 Biyela Street, Empangeni. Both hearings will start at 11:00.

In the same province, the Hospitality Sector public hearings will begin on March 18 with a site visit to hospitality establishment(s). Two Hospitality Sector public hearings are scheduled on March 19 at Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo Parade at 11:00 and another on March 20 at Imbizo Conference Centre, 45-57 Biyela Street, Empangeni at 14:00.

Further consultation will also take place for Taxi Sector in the Eastern Cape at the Department of Labour’s Port Elizabeth Labour Centre,VSN Building 3rd  floor, 116-134 Govan Mbeki Avenue on March 18. Another Taxi Sector public hearing is scheduled for Department of Labour’s Labour Centre at Church & Hill Street 4th Floor East London. Both hearings start at 11:00.

Public hearing for the Hospitality Sector in the Eastern Cape will also be preceded by a site visit in Port Elizabeth. On March 19 there will be a Hospitality Sector public hearing at Labour Centre VSN Building 3rd Floor, Govan  Mbeki Avenue at 11:00. Another Hospitality Sector session will be held in East London at Labour Centre Church & Hill Street 4th Floor at 14:00.

The public hearings started on February 18 in Mpumalanga. To date public hearings have also been held in North West, Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape and Northern Cape.

The hearings are held just ahead of the start of a new minimum wage review on 1 July 2013. The hearings are targeted at interested parties such as:  employers; employees;  trade unions; employer organizations; and the public.

The Taxi Sector Sectoral Determination (SD) came into effect in July 2005, while that of Hospitality Sector started in July 2007.

The public hearing to review the minimum wages for the Taxi and Hospitality Sectors are to conclude in early April. Once concluded the  Employment Conditions Commission (ECC), a body that advises Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant on sectoral determination(s) will use the inputs collected from the public hearings to recommend the new determination.

An announcement on the new determination is expected to be made in June 2013.

Issued by: Page Boikanyo

Departmental Spokesman

082 809 3195


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