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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

6. Wages

6.3 Incremental Dates


(1) An employer shall pay increases due to his employees during each calendar year on the following basis:
(a) All employees who qualify for an increase during the period 1 January to 31 March of the calendar year shall be granted such increases with effect from the pay-week in which 15 February of such year falls.


When an employee is not in employment during the said pay-week he shall become entitled to the increase with effect from the date he is employed.

(b) Likewise and in the same manner all increases which become due during the periods 1 April to 30 June, 1 July to 30 September and 1 October to 31 December of each calendar year, shall be granted to employees with effect from the pay week in which 15 May, 15 August and 15 November fall within respective periods.
(c) In calculating whether an employee qualifies for an increment, all periods of absence from work shall be regarded as employment except any absence without pay for a continuous period in excess of four consecutive pay-weeks and in respect whereof full particulars of the name of the employee and the period of absence have been advised to the Council within 14 days of the employee resuming work.


(2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the wage of an employee, who immediately prior to the date on which this part of the Agreement comes into operation, is in respect of a wage higher than that specified for the class of work on which he is engaged shall, with effect from the date on which this part of the Agreement comes into operation, be increased by an amount equal to the difference between the wage as agreed by the parties as at 1 September 2012 and the wage specified in this part of the Agreement for the class of work on which he is engaged.


(3) Nothing in this part of the Agreement shall operate to reduce the wage which was being paid to the employee at any time prior to or at the date of coming into operation of this part of the Agreement.


(4) Notwithstanding the fact that the ordinary hours of work in any establishment are less than 42 in any week, the full minimum weekly remuneration shall, save for any deductions permitted under subclauses 6.8 (3) and 7.4 (3) of this part of the Agreement, be paid to each employee.