Amendments to the Main Collective Agreement

February 12th, 2014, Published in Articles: Vector

 

We have now been informed that the amendments to the Agreement have been finalised and submitted to the Department of Labour for approval. The most important changes are summarised here.

Wages

The parties to the negotiations have concluded a three-year wage agreement as follows:

  • 1 February 2014 to 31 January 2015: minimum wages to be increased by 8,8%; actual wages to be increased by 7%.
  • 1 February 2015 to 31 January 2016: minimum wages to be increased by CPI as at 31 July 2014 plus 1; actual wages to be increased by CPI as at 31 July 2014.
  • 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017: minimum wages to be increase by CPI as at 31 July 2015 plus 1%; actual wages to be increased by CPI as at 31 July 2015.

Leave bonus

The leave bonus payable to employees in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 shall be calculated at the minimum wage rate as applicable in 2013.

Collective bargaining levy

A collective bargaining levy will be payable by all employers who are not ECA members, calculated at a rate of R10,00 per employee per week, and based on the total number of employees in their employ. Employees who are not members of the South African Equity Workers Association at the date of publication of the agreement shall pay a levy of R7 per non-union member per week.

Overtime

A new clause was included to exclude overtime payment to employees earning more than R193 805 per annum.

Allowances

The subsistence allowance for 2014/2015 has been increased to R97,92 per night.

Off-set

Any increases granted on or after 1 January 2014 may be off-set by the employer once the agreement has been published and the increases become effective.

Enforcement

All the amendments and increases referred to will have no force or effect unless they are published by the minister of labour in the Government Gazette, and extended to non-parties.

Copies of agreement

Copies of the Government Gazette will be available to members as soon as it has been printed and published.

Electrical Contracting Board

The ECB was appointed by DoL in 1992 to carry out the registration of electrical contractors in terms of the Electrical Installation Regulations as published under the Occupation Health and Safety Act. The ECB carried out this function until 31 August 2012 on which date their mandate was cancelled. As of 1 September 2012, the DoL took over the registration of electrical contractors.

The ECB is no longer permitted to register electrical contractors in terms of the OHS Act. That function has been taken over by the DoL. Only the DoL can issue a valid registration certificate as electrical contractor.

The ECB has now introduced a voluntary listing system of electrical contractors. It is this voluntary listing process which is confusing contractors. This process is not compulsory and contractors need not respond to calls from the ECB to register their businesses on the ECB database. Should you wish to do this, you should contact the ECB directly and pay the required funds. The “ECB listed contractor” document issued to contractors who voluntarily applied for such listing is not the official registration certificate as electrical contractor. Only the DoL can issue a certificate of registration in terms of the Act.

The ECA has been granted permission by the chief inspector to sell Certificates of Compliance to electrical contractors, on condition that such contractor provides proof of registration with the DoL.

CoCs are sold at all the ECA regional offices in South Africa at a cost of R60 per pad of 20 certificates. ECA (SA) members pay R 40 for a pad of 20 certificates.

Lucas Bowles, regional director, East and South Cape

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