Main Collective Agreement concluded for the Bargaining Council for the Fishing Industry – Notice of the extension of the operation period.

Bargaining Council for the Fishing Industry

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The Director for Collective Bargaining, duly authorised by the Minister of Employment and Labour, has in terms of section 32(6)(a)(i) of the Labour Relations Act No. 66 of 1995 extended the periods fixed in the Government Notices listed in this Notice by a further period ending on 31 October 2023.

The Main Collective Agreement applies to all employers and/or employees within the Republic of South Africa, who are members of any of the parties to the Agreement and who are employed in the Hake Deep-Sea Bottom Trawl Sector, Hake Inshore Bottom Trawl Sector, and the Horse Mackerel Mid-Water Trawl Sector.

Payment of remuneration is one of the provisions that gets covered in the Main Collective Agreement for the Fishing Industry. An employee shall be paid, calculated over a period of a month, the greater remuneration of:

  • The actual amount earned paid in terms of any other agreement; or
  • The amount equal to the number of Working Days entitled to in the month in question multiplied by the minimum remuneration rate for the employee’s rank, as set out for the specific sector in which the employee is employed.

For the purpose of calculating the number of Working Days as contemplated, any Day that has been declared a Public Holiday shall be calculated as two (2) Working Days when such a Public Holiday coincides with any Working Day. The employer shall pay the employee all the remuneration due to him at least once every 30 days.

This agreement aims to advance economic development and social justice by fulfilling the primary objects by giving effect to and regulating the right to, fair labour practices conferred by section 23 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996, by establishing and enforcing basic conditions of employment in the scope of the Council for Employees employed on vessels at sea, excluded from the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

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