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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

5. Employees



5.1        Prohibited employment


No employer shall require or permit any person under the age of 15 years to work in the Industry.


5.2        Proportion or ratio of employees


(1) One qualified employee shall be employed by an employer before a reamer may be employed by him and the number of learners employed by him shall not exceed three times the number of qualified employees employed by him.


For the purposes of this subclause, a learner receiving not less than the remuneration of a qualified employee may be deemed to be a qualified employee.


(2) One qualified marker-in shall be employed by an employer before a layer-up may be employed. Whenever any vacancy for a marker-in occurs in any establishment, the employer shall fill the vacancy from among the cutters-out in his employ provided such employee is suitable.


(3) One qualified presser shall be employed by an employer before an employee may be employed on—
(a) the touching-up of completed garments with a hand iron;
(b) underpressing.