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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

7. Hours of Work

7.4 Short-time



(1) The employer shall notify and consult with the union at least five days in advance of the intention to work short-time, except where the employer shows that it was impractical to give such notice.


(2) Where short-time is being worked in any establishment, the work shall be distributed as evenly as possible amongst the employees in each of the sections or departments concerned.


(3) Where short-time is being or has been introduced in any establishment, employees who are not informed and are present for work on a particular day, shall be employed for at least half a day or be paid a day's wage in lieu thereof. For the purposes of this subclause "day's wage" shall mean the wage usually paid in respect of the hours constituting a fully day's work (i.e. other than the usual short days in the establishment).