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

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 2 : Civil Engineering Sector, South Africa

21. Piece work


(1) An employer may, after giving at least one week's notice to an employee, introduce a piece-work system and, save as provided in clause 7, such employer shall pay such employee at the rate applicable under such system: Provided that, irrespective of the quantity of work done, the employer shall pay such employee not less than, in respect of each week in which such piece-work is performed, the amount which the employer would have been required to pay such employee for that week had the employee been remunerated on the basis of time worked.


(2) An employer shall keep a schedule of the rates referred to in subclause (1) in a conspicuous place in the establishment.


(3) An employer who intends to cancel or amend the piece-work system in operation, or the rates applicable there under, shall give the employee employed on such system not less than one week's notice of such intention: Provided that an employer and the employee may agree on a longer period of notice, in which case the employer shall give notice for a period not shorter than that agreed upon.