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


National Bargaining Council for the Electrical Industry of South Africa:

Extension of Consolidation of Collective Agreement to Non-parties

Part I

45. Storage, Insurance and Provision of Tools



(1) Lockup facilities shall be provided by the employer on all sites and workshops for locking up tools.


(2) Every employer shall take out an insurance policy with a registered insurance company, insuring tools which are the private property of skilled employees in his employ against the loss or destruction or damage of the tools through fire or theft whilst on the employer's premises.


The maximum cover under this clause shall be R2 000,00 per employee: Provided that 10 per cent of any loss or damages for which payment is claimed shall be borne by the employee: Provided further that an employer shall require a skilled employee, within seven days of the commencement of his employment, to submit to him an inventory of the tools in his possession, which shall comprise a minimum as detailed hereunder, and the skilled employee shall comply with such requirements to enable the employer to effect the insurance prescribed above. The employer may verify such inventory from time to time.


(3) The tool kit of the skilled employee shall comprise—

electrician's  pliers, long-nose pliers, tape measure (6m), hacksaw (junior and ordinary), cable knife, wire strippers, one 15cm and one 30cm shifting spanner, ballpein hammer, spirit level, set square (15cm), soldering iron, crimping pliers, side cutters (diagonal type), six assorted screwdrivers, carpenter's hammer, tin snips, six assorted standard flat and/or ring spanners, one small and one large wood chisel, set of alien keys and water pump-pliers.


(4) The employer shall, where such tools are necessary, provide—

flat and round files with handles, stocks-and-dies, chasing chisels, masonry drills, electrical testing instruments, geyser spanners, hole saws, benders, reamers, fish tapes, twist drills, die nuts, chassis punches and electric power tools: Provided that such tools shall remain the property of the employer. The employee shall exercise due care in the use of/and storage of tools provided by his employer.


The employer shall be entitled to make a deduction from the remuneration payable to any employee for the loss of the employer's equipment signed for by such employee or the insurance excess payable on the loss of any such equipment.


(5) For the purposes of this clause, "skilled employee" shall mean a master installation electrician, an installation electrician, an electrical tester for singlephase, an electrician, an artisan, a domestic electrical installer, an apprentice and an Elconop 3.