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

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National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry

Main Collective Agreement

Part I : Provisions for the Non-Metro Areas

1. Scope of Application

 

 

(1) The terms of this part of the Agreement shall be observed in the Clothing Industry—
(a) by all employers who are members of the employer organisations and who are engaged in the Clothing Industry and by all employees who are members of the trade union and who are employed in the said Industry and by any employers’ organisation and its members which may be admitted to membership of the Bargaining Council during the currency of this part of the Agreement;
(b) in all areas of the Republic of South Africa excluding those areas or Magisterial Districts covered by the scopes of the Bargaining Councils which amalgamated on 23 May 2002 to establish the current National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry, including which are detailed below and excluding also those garment knitting establishments which fall within the scope of the main collective agreement for the Northern Region (Knitting) as set out below and also those clothing establishments which fall within the scope of the Main Collective Agreement for the Northern Region (Clothing) and the Fund Collective Agreement for the Northern Region, as detailed below. The exclusions so referred to are as follows:
(i) In the Province of the Eastern Cape—
(aa) Port Elizabeth, including that portion of Hankey which, prior to the publication of Government Notice No. 1515 of 4 October 1963, fell within the Magisterial District of Port Elizabeth, including that portion which was transferred by the publication of Government Notice No. 1687 of 5 September 1975 to Uitenhage and excluding that portion of Hankey which was transferred by Government Notice No. R. 1974 of 26 September 1980 to Port Elizabeth; and
(bb) East London, including that portion which was transferred to Mdantsane by Government Notice No. 1481 of 27 August 1971, excluding those portions of the Ciskei that were transferred to East London by Government Notice No. 1877 of 4 September 1981 and Government Notice No. 1079 of 10 June 1988 and including that portion that was transferred to Ciskei by Government Notice No. 2354 of 5 October 1990.
(ii) In the Province of Kwazulu-Natal—

The Magisterial Districts of Chatsworth, Durban, Inanda, Lower Tugela, Pietermaritzburg and Pinetown;

(iii) In the Province of the Free State—

The Magisterial Districts of Bloemfontein, Frankfort, Kroonstad, Parys and Vredefort;

(iv) In the Province of the Northern Cape—

The Magisterial District of Kimberley;

(v) In the Province of Gauteng—
(aa) in respect of garment knitting establishments which fall within the scope of application of the Main Collective Agreement for the Northern Region (Knitting)—

The Magisterial Districts of Alberton, Benoni, Germiston, Johannesburg and Roodepoort as well as only those portions of the City of Tshwane, including only those portions of the Southern Pretoria Metropolitan Substructure, the Central Pretoria Metropolitan Substructure and the Northern Pretoria Metropolitan Substructure established in terms of the Premier of the Province of PWV Proclamation No 38 of 1994 published in Provincial Gazette Extraordinary No 5064 of 8 December 1994 as amended by the Premier’s Notice No 43 of 1995 published in Provincial Gazette Extraordinary No 66 of 1 September 1995, which previously made up the ‘municipal area of Pretoria’ as such existed immediately prior to the establishment of the Transitional Metropolitan Council with Transitional Metropolitan Substructures in respect of the Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Area published under aforementioned Proclamation No 38 of 1994;

(bb) in respect of the scope of application of the Main Collective Agreement for the Northern Region (Clothing) and Fund Collective Agreement for the Northern Region—

The Province of the Transvaal, as it existed prior to the coming into operation of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1993 (Act No. 200 of 1993), but only in respect of clothing establishments which fall within the scope of application of the Main Collective Agreement for the Northern Region (Clothing) and the Fund Collective Agreement for the Northern Region;

(vi) In the Province of the Western Cape—

The Magisterial Districts of Bellville, George, Goodwood, Malmesbury (including that portion from which the Magisterial District of Moorreesburg was constituted on 29 November 1985 by Government Notice 2649), Simon’s Town, Somerset West, Strand, The Cape, Worcester and Wynberg, including those portions of the Magisterial Districts of Bellville, Goodwood, Simon’s Town and Wynberg that were used to create the Magisterial District of Mitchell’s Plain on 2 March 1992.

(c) Insofar as those areas or Magisterial Districts covered by the scopes of the Bargaining Councils which amalgamated on 23 May 2002 to establish the current National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry are concerned, should one or more Magisterial Districts have been inadvertently omitted from sub-clause (b) (i) – (vii) above, the overriding test as to whether a particular Magisterial District is excluded from the provisions of this part of the Agreement or not, is whether such Magisterial District was covered by the geographical scope of the Bargaining Councils which amalgamated to form the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry on 23 May 2002.

 

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-clause (1), the terms of this part of the Agreement shall—
(a) apply in respect of employees for whom wages are prescribed in this part of the Agreement; and
(b) apply to every employer in the Clothing and Garment Knitting sectors as defined herein and to all employees in these sectors save that the terms of this part of the Agreement shall not apply to employees whose basic wages exceed two and a half times the wage rate for a qualified Category B employee or whose occupation is monthly paid and of a managerial, specialist technical or non-production related nature.

 

(3)

(a) The purpose of this part of the Agreement shall be to establish levels of remuneration and other conditions of employment for employees without seeking to restrict entrepreneurial initiative and employment opportunities.
(b) Employers employing five (5) or fewer employees shall, upon application to the Council in terms of clause 31 be exempted from this part of the Agreement.
(c) Where an employer or an employee can satisfy the Council that any of the provisions of this part of the Agreement unduly restrict entrepreneurial initiative and/or employment opportunities such employer or employee may apply to the Council for exemption from those specific provisions in terms of clause 31 of this part of the Agreement.

 

(4) Clauses 1 (1) (a), 2 and 34 (5) of this part of the Agreement shall not apply to employers and employees who are not members of the employers' organisations and trade union, respectively.