Public input awaited

2015-05-13 06:00

THE Wholesale and Retail Sector multi-year Sectoral Determination will come to an end next January and a national consultative process to engage the industry on the modalities of setting a new multi-year minimum wage adjustment structure and discuss conditions of employment in the sector has begun, the Department of Labour announced in a statement.

The current sectoral determination comes to an end on 31 January 2016, and the new three-year sectoral determination is expected to kickin on 1 February 2016.

The national public hearings are targeted at all affected directly and indirectly including employers, employer organisations, employees and trade unions to make inputs.

The Wholesale and Retail Sector Sectoral Determination review is in line with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), which empowers Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to consult with stakeholders in the sector with the aim to source information in relation to the wage adjustment and conditions of employment.

Issues that will be discussed during national public hearings include: discussing the structure of the new sectoral determination, allowances, leave structure and other issues.

The Wholesale and Retail Sector Sectoral Determination affects various categories of workers which include: cashiers, clerks, assistant managers, displayers, forklift operators, security guards, merchandisers, managers, sales assistants, sales persons, shop assistant supervisors and trainee managers.

For the current Wholesale and Retail Sector Sectoral Determination which took effect from 1 February, the minimum wage increased at rates between 6,1% to 8,1% in various job categories.

The Free State round of these national Wholesale and Retail Sector public hearings is set to take place on Wednesday (13/05) at the Department’s Bloemfontein Labour Centre, on the corner of Charlotte Maxeke and West Burger Streets; and in Welkom at the Ferdi Meyer Hall in Stateway on Friday (15/05).

The public hearings were preceded on Tuesday (12/05) by a site visit to premises of organisations/companies operating in the sector(s).

Both public hearings and site visits will start at 10:00

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