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Essential Services Committee Investigations Underway

August 24, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

An Essential Services Committee notice on investigations has been amended.

The employment and labour department published the Erratum Notice in Government Gazette 45020.

Notice 496 corrects Notice 456 published in Gazette 44945 on 6 August 2021.

The department had announced that the Essential Services Committee is investigating whether general health screening; testing; and control of infectious and communicable diseases and Port Health are essential services in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

Other services under the microscope include various services in the mining industry; the service of refining Manganese Ore and the manufacture/production, supply and distribution of steel.

Corrections are made to Section C of the notice which calls on any interested party requiring an opportunity to participate in the hearings to submit written representations and indicate if they require an opportunity to make oral representations on or before 25 August 2021.

Other notices include:

• Gazette 45011 – Labour Relations Act – National Textile Bargaining Council: extension to non-parties of the main collective amending agreement with effect from the second Monday after date of publication;
• Gazette 45021 – Labour Relations Act – application for variation of registered scope of a bargaining council – Bargaining Council for the Meat Trade: Gauteng – intention to increase scope to include the whole of Gauteng – objections within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the department announced that the Unemployment Insurance Fund will start accepting applications for the Workers Affected by Unrest (WABU): Temporary Financial Relief Scheme from 25 August 2021.

The financial relief scheme is designed to assist workers whose “workplaces have been closed due to recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, resulting in workers receiving partial renumeration or no pay at all”.

According to the department, the relief will be paid at a “flat rate of R3 500.00 to ensure that the UIF envelope is stretched to cover all affected workers”.