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


Bargaining Council for the Motor Ferry Industry

Main Collective Agreement

11. Short Time



11.1 In the event of short time being contemplated by an employer, it will immediately notify, in writing, the applicable recognised union (if any), the elected shop stewards at that branch as recognised by the employer (if any), as well as any employees affected by the contemplated short time of:

11.1.1        the need to implement short time;

11.1.2        the date and time of such implementation; and

11.1.3        the reasons why the short time is necessary.


11.2 When an employer is confronted with a situation that may necessitate short time, that employer shall give at least 48 hours notice thereof and must first consult with the union/s where their members could be affected. The consultation process envisaged between the parties must be a meaningful endeavor to find solutions to the problem. This requirement will not apply where  short time worked is for legitimate causes, such as a national or similar disaster.


11.3 During any period of short time, the employer shall not utilise the services of a temporary employment service in the positions of the employees who are on short time.


11.4 Before implementing any short time, the employers will place employees potentially affected by the implementation of short time in positions where that work is being performed by temporary employment services providing such employees are able to perform that work.