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Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Rules Amended

February 26, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

Rules for the Conduct of Proceedings Before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration have been amended.

The employment and labour department published the amended rules in Government Gazette 43038.

The rules focus on serving and filing documents, conciliation of disputes, con-arb in terms of section 191(5a), arbitrations, rules that apply to conciliations and arbitrations and con-arbs, applications, inquiry in terms of section 188a and general.

The amendments apply from 1 March 2020.

Meanwhile, the department has, in Gazette 43033, published Draft Commercial Diving Regulations for comment.

The proposed regulations are drawn up in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Comment is invited within 90 days of the date of publication.

In Gazette 43031, the department seeks representations on the Bargaining Council for the Food Retail, Restaurant, Catering and Allied Trades’ application for renewal of period of operation of its Main Collective Agreement submitted to the department on 13 December 2019.

Representations, called in terms of the Labour Relations Act, are invited within 21 days of the date of publication.

In Gazette 43036, the department announced the extension to non-parties of the National Bargaining Council for the Private Security Sector’s Main Collective Agreement.

The extension comes into effect on the second Monday after publication and remains in force until 2023.

In a separate matter, the department, in a statement, confirmed that the new national minimum wage rate of R20.76 per hour kicks in on 1 March 2020.

Other adjustments include a minimum wage of R18.68 per hour for farmworkers, a minimum wage of R15.57 per hour for domestic workers and a minimum wage of R11.42 per hour for expanded public works programme workers.