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


Bargaining Council for the Metal and Engineering Industries

Main Collective Agreement

Part 1 : Conditions of Employment

25. Manufacturing Certificates


For the purposes of this clause ‘manufacturing engineering’, means the production of articles or parts or components thereof by means of tools and/or equipment and/or methods specifically adapted and/or designed for production by repetitive processes, in separate manufacturing establishments or departments or annexures separated from general engineering activities by effective enclosures.


(1) Every employer engaged in the Industry at the date of coming into operation of this Agreement and every employer entering the Industry after such date shall, prior to applying the special conditions relating to manufacturing activities contained in Schedules M and D of Part II of this Agreement, make application to and obtain from the Council a certificate of registration of his establishment or part thereof, as the case may be, as a ‘manufacturing engineering establishment’ specifying the wage schedule(s) or wage division(s) applicable to that establishment or part thereof.  Such certificate shall be displayed in the establishment concerned or that part thereof in respect of which it was obtained from the Council.


(2) Any employer who fails to register with the Council in terms of subparagraph (1) shall be deemed to be conducting a ‘general engineering establishment’.