Labour engages stakeholders in Contract Cleaning to discuss and review minimum wage

Department of Labour engages stakeholders in Contract Cleaning to discuss conditions of employment and review of minimum wage

The Department of Labour will on Thursday (October 06) start a series of national public hearings to review the conditions of employment and minimum wage in the Contract Cleaning sector.

The Department plans to host a series of workshops to source inputs from industry stakeholders. The current Sectoral determination which governs conditions of employment and minimum wages in the Contract Cleaning Sector comes to an end on 30 November 2016. The new minimum wage in the sector is expected to kick in on 01 December 2016.

The first in a series of public hearings will be held tomorrow in Johannesburg at the Kliprivierberg Recreation Centre, corner Peggy Vera and Sunningdale Streets in Kibler Park, and on Friday (October 7) at the Department of Labour provincial offices in eMalahleni (Witbank) at corner Hofmeyer Street and Beatty Avenue.

The public hearings will run parallel to site visits by Department of Labour officials to contract cleaning establishments and those that utilise contract cleaning services. So far, the inspection of sites has included visits since Monday (October 3) at Mbombela (Nelspruit), Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ermelo, and Witbank.

In terms of the current Sectoral Determination contract cleaning workers in Area A should earn a minimum wage of R18,01 per hour (2015/16: R16,98).

Area A includes Metropolitan Councils: City of Cape Town, Greater East Rand Metro, City of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela. It also include Local Council: Emfuleni, Merafong, Mogale City, Metsimaholo, Randfontein, Stellenbosch, Westonaria.

Area B includes KwaZulu-Natal excluding any area covered by a bargaining council. The rates per hour are determined by the bargaining council. Area C includes the rest of the Republic of South Africa, and the rate per hour of R16,41 (2015/16: R15,47) is applicable.

The public hearings start at 10am. The public consultations will end on 11 November 2016 at Umthatha in the Eastern Cape.

When reviewing conditions of employment and minimum wage, the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC) considers the following factors:

The size of the operations,

The ability of employers to carry on their business successfully;

The cost of living; the alleviation of poverty;

Conditions of employment;

Wage differentials and inequality;

The likely impact of any proposed condition of employment on current employment or the creation of employment;

The possible impact of any proposed conditions of employment on the health, safety or welfare of employees;

and any other relevant information

The Employment Conditions Commission is a body that advises Labour Minister on the minimum wage review for “vulnerable sectors” whose wage is governed by Sectoral Determination.

Source: Government of South Africa.

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