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Bargaining Council on Road Freight Extends COVID-19 PPE Agreement

November 10, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

The National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry’s COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment Main Collective Agreement has been extended to non-parties.

The employment and labour department announced the extension in Government Gazette 43872.

The extension was made in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

According to the department, the extension will apply from the second Monday after the date of publication and will remain in force for the duration of the national state of disaster.

The agreement is designed to align Covid-19 health and safety standards in the industry with the Directive on COVID-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in the Workplace published in April 2020 that set out measures to be taken by employers in order to protect the health and safety of workers and members of the public that enter their workplaces or are exposed to their working activities.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 43873, the department announced the extension to non-parties of the Main Collective Amending Agreement of the Bargaining Council for the Contract Cleaning Services Industry (KwaZulu-Natal).

The extension applies from the first day of the month after the date of publication.

In a statement, the department confirmed that the employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, is continuing talks to try and resolve the impasse on the future of the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS).

According to the minister, meetings are underway to “explore possible alternative arrangements and options which would enable us to continue to provide some much-needed support to workers while ensuring long term sustainability of the Fund. Some of those engagements includes the meeting held this morning between the actuaries of the UIF, the PIC, the National Treasury and representatives of both business and labour”.

The department pointed out that the Unemployment Insurance Fund has so far paid out over R51 billion in TERS benefits.