Parties of the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry have concluded a new agreement which comes into effect on the 1st of March 2013.
The agreement contains the minimum wage increase which is a 10% increase across the board to all employees employed prior to the coming into operation of the new wage schedule. A new sub-item has been added to the agreement which makes provisions for extended bargaining unit employees graded up to and including C1 on the Patterson Grading system which is:
- A 7% increase across the board for employees who earn R183 008.00 (current Basic of Conditions of Employment Act threshold) or less per annum.
- A 6% increase for employees who earn more than the current threshold plus 30% which is R237 910.40 per annum.
Other amendments to the main agreement include:
- Maternity leave provisions, where an employee can return to her position in the same capacity and on the same terms and conditions in force at the time of her going on maternity leave, if she returns to work within 6 months.
- Clause 37 of the main agreement relating to deductions for loss and damage has been substituted to provide that an employer is prohibited from making any deductions if it can be recovered from insurance unless the full amount cannot be recovered from the insurance provider subject to agreement or inquiry.
- The danger allowance for HAZCHEM employees has been increased from 0.5% to 1.5% of the weekly or monthly wages.
- 1% will be deducted from an employee’s weekly wage for the Wellness Fund.
- The night shift allowance provision will remain the same until the 31st August 2014. As of September 1st 2013, the night shift allowance will increase to R12.31 for seasonal workers in the Sugar Transport Sector and for other employees who perform more than one hour of night work, R6.51 beyond one hour and R1.31 for every hour in excess thereof.
- The Cross Border Allowance has been increased to R33.77 for each period of absence outside the borders of the Republic of South Africa and R20.90 for each meal interval during such absence.
- Subsistence allowance will remain at R22.54 for each period of absence within South African borders and the meal allocation will also remain at R19.35 until the 31st August 2013. As of 1st of September 2013 until 31 August 2013 the allowance will increase to R24.12 for the period of absence and R20.90 for each meal interval.
Click here to view the Road Freight Main Agreement amendments.
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