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earningsThe Citizen reports that labour inspections are to be conducted at all Mugg & Bean outlets, according to the Bargaining Council for the Restaurant, Catering and Allied Trades.  

This follows a report by The Citizen on the plight of waitrons at various franchises in Johannesburg.  Maggie Pooe, the council’s general secretary, said the inspections would be to ensure compliance with the council’s collective agreement rules.  Trade union federation Cosatu has demanded answers from the body, following the news report.  Cosatu was outraged by allegations that waitrons were made to pay a breakage fee, among other deductions, despite not earning an actual salary.  According to the council, a deduction is only permitted with the written consent of the employee.  More waitrons have since come forward to complain, alleging that they do not earn a minimum wage.  According to the council, employees can be remunerated on a commission, but such remuneration cannot be less than the minimum wage rate prescribed by the council.  As of July last year, this amounted to R20.50 an hour.  One waitron’s account of working conditions at a Mugg & Bean outlet near Midrand painted a bleak picture of what waitrons have endured there over the past year.  The franchisers have denied responsibility for the practices of their franchisees, saying all Mugg & Bean outlets were obliged to comply with the law.

  • Read more of this report by Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni, which appeared on page 5 of The Citizen of 21 January 2019, at SA Labour News

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