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


National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry

Main Collective Agreement

Part A : Provisions for the Eastern Cape Region

11. Organisational Rights

11.3 Shop Stewards



(1) Provided that an outline of each such training course has been lodged with the Bargaining Council, and is available on request to any employer, shop stewards shall be entitled to three days' paid leave per annum per shop steward to attend shop stewards' "raining courses, if such attendance falls within normal working hours.


(2) In addition to the leave granted in subclause 11.3 (1) above, shop stewards shall be eligible for and have access to further paid leave to attend to trade union duties. This additional leave shall be calculated at seven days per annum per shop steward. At each establishment, this additional leave shall be pooled and the shop stewards shall be entitled to use the additional leave so pooled to attend to trade union duties in any manner that the trade union deems fit: Provided that in establishments employing five or fewer employees, the trade union shall give the employer ten days' written notice of the activity for which it seeks time off in terms of this clause.


(3) Access to email and internet facilities for shop stewards will be encouraged, provided that such access shall be during shop stewards’ own time and dealt with in a manner that is not disruptive to production.