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

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Bargaining Council for the Metal and Engineering Industries

Main Collective Agreement

Part 2

4. Technical Schedules

Schedule G

Section (a): General

Wage Rates Applicable to Operations Scheduled in Schedule G are Prescribed in Clause 3(a) of Part II of this Agreement

 

 

RATE A (n.e.s)

1. Angle and plate smithing.
2. Architectural and/or ornamental metal working.
3. Armature winding.
4. Automotive machining and fitting.
5. Blacksmithing.
6. Bricklaying and/or refractory bricklaying and/or masonry work.
7. Carpentry and/or joinery (excluding the preparation of packaging and rough crating).
8. Can making
9. Constructional boilermaking.
10. Constructional pipe fitting.
11. Constructional steelworking.
12. Coppersmithing.
13. Die and/or jig and/or tool and/or gauge making and/or repairing.
14. Die-sinking and/or engraving.
15. Diesel fitting.
16. Domestic appliance mechanic’s work.
17. Electrical fitting.
18. Electrical maintenance work and/or installation and/or repair work.
19. Electrician’s work.
20. Electroplating.
21. Erecting and/or assembling (supervisory work on site).
22. Electronics mechanician’s work.
23. End making.
24. Fitting and turning.
25. Fitting (including machining).
26. Inspecting when performed by inspectors having journeyman qualifications.
27. Instrument making and/or repairing.
28. Instrument mechanician’s work (industrial instrumentation and process control).
29. Lift and/or escalator mechanic’s work.
30. Lithography (metal decorating)
31. Locksmithing.
32. Machine tool setting up and/or toolsetting.
33. Marking out and/or marking off.
34. Millwrighting (electromechanical).
35. Motor vehicle repairing.
36. Moulding and/or coremaking.
37. Operating arc and/or gas welding machines on pressure vessels.
38. Patternmaking.
39. Plating and/or boilermaking.
40. Plumbing.
41. Radio communications serviceman’s work.
42. Radio and/or television repairer’s work, etc.
43. Radio and television mechanician’s work.
44. Radiotrician’s work.
45. Refrigeration mechanic (commercial and industrial).
46. Rigging and/or splicing.
47. Riveting and/or caulking pressure vessels.
48. Roll tool and templet making.
49. Roll turning.
50. Scale making and/or repairing.
51. Sheetmetal working.
52. Shipwrighting and boatbuilding.
53. Outboard/Inboard Engine Mechanic.
54. *Ship’s plumbing.

‘Ship’s plumbing’ means work on ships for all sanitary purposes and/or water services  and/or domestic heating, washing or drinking purposes.

55. Signwriting.
56. Steel Erector
57. Telecommunications electrician’s work.
58. Telephone communications electrician’s work.
59. Templet making.
60. Testing (pressure vessels).
61. Turning (including machining).
62. Universal milling and/or universal grinding and/or universal machining.
63. Vehicle body building and/or repairing — composite and/or metal.
64. Welding and/or brazing.
65. Woodmachining and/or woodworking (excluding the preparation of packaging and rough crating).
66. Tool and cutter grinding.
67. Forklift mechanic’s work.
68. Telecommunication mechanician’s work.
69. Tractor mechanic’s work.

 

RATE AA

1.        *Assembling and/or erecting overhead power lines in field or on site (linesmen):

*First six months of experience: Rate C.

Second six months of experience: Rate B.

Thereafter: Rate AA.

2.        Building up by metal spraying.

3.        Cropping and/or punching and/or shearing and/or guillotine shearing (n.e.s).

4. Ferrous welding in a finished run involving no change in procedure in respect of amperage or rate of deposition or size and type of rod.

5.        *Intercommunication telephone installing (excluding electronic equipment):

*First six months of experience: Rate D.

Second six months of experience: Rate C.

Third six months of experience: Rate B.

Thereafter: Rate AA

6. *Machinist’s work (n.e.s), viz. shaping, slotting, planing, milling (excluding universal milling), grinding (excluding universal grinding) and the operation of gear cutting and rotary machine tools, excluding centre lathes (with or without copying and/or profiling attachments), boring mills (vertical, horizontal and turret type, with or without copying and/or profiling attachments), die-sinking machines and universal machining.

*Employees employed on machinist’s work shall be permitted to set up their own work, grind and set their own tools and work to and with precision measuring instruments including rules, calipers and the like.

7.        Metal spinning.

8.        Pattern filing and/or mounting.

9.        Pressbrake operating (n.e.s).

10.        Sailmaking.

11.        Saw doctoring.

 

RATE B

1. Boiler tube fitting and/or expanding, excluding repair.
2. Cold sawing where the sawyer marks direct from cutting list.
3. Drilling machine work (n.e.s).
4. Down-hand ferrous welding in a finished run involving no change in procedure in respect of amperage or rate of deposition or size and type of rod.
5. Operating scarfing and/or ending machine.
6. Operating broaching machine (n.e.s).
7. Platelaying to SAR gauge.
8. Relining where original marking is done by a journeyman or apprentice (structural metal work).
9. Supervisory work (n.e.s).

 

RATE C

1. Flattening and/or straightening only (n.e.s).
2. Marking off to (machine shop work).
3. Operating multi-head oxyacetylene cutting machine and/or profiling and/or flame planing and/or bevel cutting machine (including setting up).
4. Operating power-driven or hydraulic press (n.e.s), including the affixing and/or removal of dies.
5. Repetition cutting and/or cropping and/or shearing and/or punching to jigs and/or stops and/or templets (n.e.s) (guillotines and cropping machines).
6. Riveting and/or caulking (metal) (excluding pressure vessels) (n.e.s).
7. Sheeting.

 

RATE D

1. Arc and/or gas cutting (n.e.s).
2. Bending of tubes and/or clauses in manually operated machines to templets.
3. Bending and/or forming to jigs and/or stops in power operated press brake and/or folding machine.
4. Chipping for welding and/or caulking.
5. Drilling and/or countersinking and/or reaming (n.e.s), including the use of adjustable reamers provided they are preset by a Rate A or AA employee, including the sharpening of drills.
6. Hand welding by mechnically-fed electrodes (excluding pressure vessels)
7. Hydraulic and/or pneumatic gap machine riveting.
8. Machining on repetition work by means of fixtures and/or jigs and/or stops (excluding the requirement of stops for parting off) where the work cycle is manually operated (excluding setting up but including checking with fixed gauges) (including the replacing and/or repositioning of throwaway tips only on throwaway tipped tooling) (excluding machine tool setting up and/or tool setting and/or adjusting).
9. Metal spraying for decorative purposes.
10. Operating roll forging machine.
11. Operating automatic arc and/or gas welding machine (excluding setting up).
12. Operating cold circular saw to marks and/or stops (structural metal work) (n.e.s) (excluding marking and/or setting of stops).
13. Operating drop forging machine, including the removal and/or affixing of dies where there is positive location (n.e.s).
14. Operating power saw (n.e.s), including marking off with rule and/or tape only, and including setting of stops.
15. Operating single head gas profile cutting machine and/or single and/or multi-head straight line cutting machine, including setting up.
16. Preliminary welding for positioning of jobs prior to welding, riveting or bolting up (runs of not more than 25 mm in length).
17. Press operating (n.e.s), including the affixing and/or removal of dies where there is positive location (excluding press brake).
18. Repetition drill sharpening by machine (other than in tool room).
19. *Repetition welding and/or brazing in fixtures.

*Repetition welding and/or brazing in fixtures means that the fixture must be made in such a manner as to allow the maximum amount of welding and/or brazing on the article in the fixture and thereafter the same employee or a Rate B employee or an employee at a higher rate than Rate B may complete the weld on the article when it is removed from the fixture.

20.        Rough painting of deck and/or bulkheads.

21.        Silver soldering.

22.        Tool grinding in jigs.

23. Grinding on repetition work by means of fixtures and/or jigs and/or stops where the work cycle is manually operated, excluding setting up but including checking with fixed gauges and self-compensating wheel dressing.

 

RATE DD

1. Repetition operation of or attending semi-automatic machines where the work cycle is power-driven and the end point is controlled by automatically operating stops (excluding setting up) (including the replacing and/or repositioning of throwaway tips only on throwaway tipped tooling, excluding machine tool setting up and/or tool setting and/or adjusting).

For the purposes of the above, ‘semi-automatic machine’ is a machine on which it is not necessary to centralise or true the work by hand and manual operations are limited to loading the work piece into the chuck or holding device of the machine, setting the machine in motion, advancing or retracting the tools (excluding any machining during the advancement and/or retraction of the tools) before and after the power cycle takes over and stopping and unloading the machine and includes random checking with fixed gauges.

2. Repetition operation of or attending semi-automatic grinding machines (n. e. s.) where the work cycle is power driven and the end point is controlled by automatically operating stops, excluding setting up but including checking with fixed gauges and self-compensating wheel dressing.

 

For the purposes of the above, semi-automatic machine is a machine on which it is not necessary to centralise or true the work by hand and manual operations are limited to self-compensating wheel dressing, loading the work piece into the chuck or holding device of the machine, setting the machine in motion, advancing or retracting the grindstone, stopping and unloading the machine.

 

RATE DDD

1. Drilling and/or countersinking to jigs and/or metal templets and/or stops and/or reaming, using non-adjustable reamers, excluding radial drilling machines-size of drilled holes not exceeding 30 mm.
2. Operation of or attending on machines designed for or permanently adapted for a single tool operation where it is not necessary to centralise or true the work by hand and where the manual operations are limited to loading the work piece into the chuck or holding device of the machine, starting, operating and/or attending, stopping and unloading the machine (excluding setting up) including random checking with fixed gauges and including the replacing and/or repositioning of throwaway tips only on throwaway tipped tooling (excluding machine tool setting up and/or toolsetting and/or adjusting).

 

RATE E

1.        Metal spraying for protective purposes.

2. Production broaching on automatic machine where the operations prior to and after ramming are limited to loading, setting the machine in motion, stopping and unloading the machine (excluding setting up).

3.        Rough grinding to templets and/or marks and/or gauges (structural metal work).

4. Dismantling, cleaning and assembling, from component parts, of single stage, centrifugal or helical rotor pumps up to 250 mm discharge diameters, requiring no fitting or adjustment, but including deburring.
5. Dismantling, cleaning and assembling, from component parts, of multi-stage pumps with no hydraulic balancing discs, requiring no fitting or adjustment, but including deburring:

Provided that where employees undertake work specified in operations 4 and/or 5 a ratio of one Rate A employee for every three such employees shall be maintained.

 

RATE F

1. Manual and/or automatic setting and/or gulleting and/or sharpening of saws.
2. Sharpening and/or straightening of used agricultural implement parts.
3. Supervising employees employed on classes of work scheduled below Rate F (when so appointed).

 

RATE G

1. Affixing slings under instruction of a Rate A to D employee.
2. Application of anti-corrosive and/or anti-fouling and/or protective coatings.
3. Attending cleaning and/or degreasing and/or acid and/or rinsing and/or fluxing bath.
4. Attending fully-automatic machine, including random checking with fixed gauges.

For the purposes of the above, ‘fully-automatic machine’ is a bar-fed machine or a machine fitted with an automatic chucking device (i.e. magazine and/or table and/or mechanical-arm fed) and the manual operations are limited to setting the machine in motion, feeding a new bar into the machine or loading the magazine, as the case may be, and stopping the machine.

5. Boiler stoking and/or attending.
6. Dressing and/or deburring by hand and/or by grinding and/or portable power tools.
7. Fly and/or treadle and/or manual pressing and/or notching and/or power pressing where the work is operated upon with preset dies, excluding press brakes and the setting of dies.
8. Heat treatment furnace loading and/or unloading and/or stoking and/or quenching under instruction of a Rate A to D employee.
9. Hot dip coating and/or galvanising under supervision of a Rate A to D employee.
10. Hydraulic testing and/or testing by air, other than the preparatory work.
11. Metal buffing and/or polishing.
12. Metal cleaning by degreasing and/or pickling.
13. Metal coating by dipping.
14. Operating tumbling barrel.
15. Operation of and/or attending special purpose machine, including the use of fixed gauges, where the manual operations are limited to loading, setting the machine in motion, stopping and unloading the machine, excluding setting up.
16. Operating drop hammer (drop hammer driving).
17. Operating power hammer (hammer driving) under instruction of a Rate A to D employee.
18. Operating manual machine designed for or permanently adapted for one only operation, where it is not necessary to centralise or true the work by hand.
19. Operating power saw for repetitive cutting off to stops and/or length gauges, excluding setting of stops (machine shop work) (other than in tool room).
20. Operating butt and/or flash and/or projection and/or resistance and/or spot welding machine.
21. Operating hand portable and/or pedestal grinding machine where the operator is not required to grind to marks and/or gauges and/or sizes and/or templets.
22. Repetition cutting and/or cropping and/or shearing to stops, excluding setting up (machine shop work).
23. Repetition roller bending of material not exceeding 4 mm.
24. Repetition tapping by machine.
25. Repetition cutting to stops on reciprocating and/or friction saws (structural metal work).
26. Repetition marking off to jigs and/or length gauges.
27. Rethreading and/or re-tapping and/or reclaiming of nuts and/or bolts.
28. Riveting (10 mm diameter or less).
29. Rough straightening and/or rough flattening of material, excluding the use of rules and straight edges.
30. Sand and/or shot and/or hydro and/or grit blasting.
31. Screwing machine operating, excluding setting up.
32. Spraying of non-decorative paint.
33. Striking by hand hammer under instruction of a Rate A to D employee.
34. Straightening and/or flattening of gussets and/or cleats.
35. Stripping and/or punching of forgings and/or stampings, using preset dies.
36. Operating power operated internal transporters and/or stackers and/or handling equipment.

 

RATE H

1. Baling and/or cutting of scrap, other than in workshop.
2. Descaling by chipping and/or scraping of ships and/or boilers.
3. Dipping in enamel and/or lacquer and/or paint.
4. Holding up for riveting.
5. Rivet heating.
6. Stamping and/or fixing metal labels and/or name plates.
7. General labouring.
8. Oiling and/or greasing.
9. Removal of rust and/or coatings.