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Bargaining Council on Food Retail Seeks Extension of Collective Agreement

November 17, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

The Bargaining Council for the Food Retail, Restaurant, Catering and Allied Trades seeks an extension of the period of operation of its Main Collective Agreement.

The employment and labour department announced the application in Government Gazette 43901 in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

The application was submitted on 3 November 2020.

Representations on the application are invited within 21 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the department highlighted entities involved in the effort to mitigate the worst effects of the economic contraction.

These include Productivity SA which is involved in supporting companies in distress through the funds injection of R140-million from the Unemployment Insurance Fund; the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme and the Compensation Fund which has to date received 11 233 claims and overseen the disbursement of over R13 million for sickness, injury or fatalities on duty during the pandemic.

According to the employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, the economic reconstruction and recovery plan is different from previous plans due to the “attention to process, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation – what the President refers to as ‘joined up government’ – so that we no longer work in separate silos – but combine our efforts and resources to maximise outcomes and service delivery to our people”.