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Private Security Bargaining Council Extends Collective Amending Agreement

June 8, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

The National Bargaining Council for the Private Security Sector’s Main Collective Amending Agreement has been extended to non-parties.

The employment and labour department announced the extension in Government Gazette 44674 in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

The extension comes into effect on the second Monday after publication of the notice until 1 March 2023.

In Gazette 44663, the Chief Inspector of Occupational Health and Safety announced that first aid level 1,2 and 3 training conducted by first aid training organisations approved by the Chief Inspector has ceased to exist as from 1 April 2021.

The notice adds that persons or organisations wanting to provide first aid training approved by the Chief Inspector must be in accordance with a valid accreditation document issued by the quality assurance body delegated the quality assurance responsibilities for first aid unit standards by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

Meanwhile, the department, in a recent statement, expressed confidence that the “employment trajectory will relatively surpass the current Covid-19 challenge”.

“This is based on number of factors amongst others Covid-19 vaccines programme and the Presidential Employment Stimulus which aims at creating new job opportunities.”

The employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, declared that the department is encouraged by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration’s intervention by saving more than half of jobs (55%) by April 2021.

“Using the results of S189 form, 2 213 out of 4 037 of employees who were potentially going to be retrenched were retained into their jobs. Furthermore, the payments made through UIF related to Covid-19 TERS was one of the key strategic labour market intervention in line of poverty relief for the most vulnerable sectors in the country and had it not been for this intervention, the picture would be worse,” said Minister Nxesi.