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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

46. Time Off for the Training of Shop Stewards and for Trade Union Office Bearers to Attend Union Meetings



(a) An employee who is an office bearer of a representative trade union, in terms of section 15 of the Act is entitled to take reasonable leave during working hours for the purposes of performing the functions of that office.  The representative trade union and the employer may agree to the number of days of leave, the number of days paid leave and the conditions attached to any such leave.
(b) A trade union representative, appointed in terms of section 14 of the Act, may, subject to reasonable conditions T o be agreed at company level, be entitled to take reasonable time off with pay during working hours to be trained in any subject relevant to the performance of the functions of a trade union representative.”
(c) The appointment of shop stewards and health and safety representatives will be a matter for Plant Level Agreement.
(d) Union general meetings will take place on a quarterly basis at plant level subject to the time and duration of these meetings being agreed to at plant level.
(e) A minimum of 5 days paid leave per annum per shop steward will be granted for shop steward training.
(f) The above provisions constitute a minimum floor of rights and any rights exceeding these at plant level will remain in place.  Further rights may be agreed at plant level.

[Subclauses (c), (d), (e) and (f) inserted by Government Notice R. 268 dated 12 April 2013]