|Current Minimum Wages|
Current Minimum Wages
Q: What are the current minimum wages for the industry?
A: The new minimum hourly wage rates for Task Grades 1 - 9 effective 1 September 2012 shall be as follows:
Task Grade 1 R20. 50
Task Grade 2 R 20.60
Task Grade 3 R 21.17
Task Grade 4 R 21.89
Task Grade 5 R 26.19
Task Grade 6 R 29.74
Task Grade 7 R 34.06
Task Grade 8 R 38.19
Task Grade 9 R 43.16
Q: Do these wages apply to SAFCEC members only?
A: These wages have been Gazetted in a Sectoral determination which is the Minimum conditions of employment for the Civil Engineering Industry. The Minister of Labour legislates the minimum conditions applicable to all employers and employees in the industry. Only matters over and above the minimum conditions agreed to between the parties in this case SAFCEC , NUM and BCAWU applies to members of SAFCEC.
Q: What jobs are included for each task grades?
Q: What happens if it rains? What does "inclement weather” mean? = Rain Days
A: Inclement weather/rain days shall be dealt with as follows from 1 September 2012: Employees are entitled to 9 hours for rain days. This means if an employee reports to work and leaves before close/end of shift, the employee shall be entitled to nine hours pay regardless of the actual hours worked. In the event the employer informed the employee on the day before due to inclement weather not to report to work the employee shall be paid nine hours for that day.
Q: What Bonus has to be paid in December?
20 working days’
An employee whose employment is terminated through no fault of his or her own, through retrenchment, retirement, disability or death, shall be entitled to a pro rata bonus payment. If an employee is dismissed is he/she entitled to a bonus? The answer is "NO".
Q What does AVERAGING HOURS OF WORK mean?
A: The sectoral determination stipulates:
(a) an average of 45 ordinary hours of work in a week over the agreed period;
(b) an average of five hours’ overtime in a week over the agreed period.
Q: Does this apply to SAFCEC members if "averaging of hours” is not specifically mentioned in the latest substantive collective agreement but we do have a collective agreement?
A: In reverse, non-SAFCEC members, who are not part of the collective agreement, cannot apply averaging of hours even if they have it in their letter of employment.
Q:Who are the parties to the collective substantive agreement?
A: SAFCEC, NUM, BCAWU
Q: Is there a Bargaining Council for the Industry?
A: Not yet, the founding members in the application to the Registrar for the registration of a BC await the final outcome.
Q: What services does SAFCEC provide its members in terms of Human Resources and Industrial Relations?
A: We provide overarching and specific advice for our members to execute at plant/site level. We provide template documents, 24/7 standby telephonic advice, preparation for dispute resolution, and regular industry and legislative advice. We blog and we tweet important notices. We speak on behalf of the industry with mandate and we negotiate collective substantive matters to avoid two tier bargaining. We will solicit specific dispute resolution assistance.