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Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997)

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 12 : Forestry Sector, South Africa

Part D : Hours of Work

14. Extension of ordinary hours of work for forestry workers


(1) A forestry worker and an employer may conclude a written agreement in terms of which the forestry worker’s ordinary hours of work—
(a) are extended by not more than five hours per week for a period of not more than four months in any continuous period of twelve months; and
(b) are reduced by the same number of hours during a period of the same duration in the same twelve-month period.


(2) An agreement in terms of sub-clause (1) may not extend the forestry worker’s ordinary hours of work to more than ten hours on any day.


(3) During any period of extended or reduced ordinary hours of work in terms of sub-clause (1), the employer must pay the forestry worker the wage the forestry worker would have received for the forestry worker’s normal ordinary hours of work.


(4) If a forestry worker’s employment terminates for any reason at a time when the forestry worker has worked a greater number of extended ordinary hours than reduced ordinary hours, the employer must pay the forestry worker for the extended ordinary hours worked at the overtime rate in terms of clause 15.


(5) An employer who concludes a contract in terms of this clause must—
(a) supply the forestry worker with a copy of the contract; and
(b) record any extended or reduced hours worked in terms of the contract on the statement supplied to the forestry worker in terms of clause 5.