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Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995)

National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI)

Main Collective Agreement

Part 2 : Hours of Work

8. Compressed working week



1) Subject to sub-clauses (2) and (3), and after giving at least 72 hours' written notice to an employee, an employer may require the employee to work up to 15 hours a day, inclusive of meal intervals, without overtime pay.


2) An employer may not require an employee to work a compressed working week for more than two consecutive weeks in a five week period.


3) An employer may not require or permit an employee to work-
a) more than 45 ordinary hours of work in any week;
b) more than 30 hours of overtime in any week; or
c) during the rest intervals specified in clause 6.


4) An employer who intends implementing a compressed working week scheme must-
a) immediately notify the National Secretary of the Council in writing of the anticipated date of implementation and approximate duration of the scheme; and
b) retain copies of all notices issued to employees in terms of sub-clause (1) for a period of three years.


5) In order to calculate the number of working days worked in a compressed week, an employer must take the total number of ordinary hours worked in a week and must credit an employee with one working day for every nine ordinary hours worked, up to a maximum of five (5) working days per week. A part of an hour worked is deemed to be a full hour.