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mildredoliphantANA reports that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) said on Monday it had received word from Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant indicating that she was reviewing the current earnings threshold of R205,433.30 per year contained in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).  

The union said it had asked Oliphant about the threshold, which has not been increased since July 2014, during a workshop in Pretoria on Sunday.  Steve Harris, general secretary of UNTU, said the union has been pushing for the BCEA threshold to be increased as all employees earning below it have the full protection of every section of the Act.  For, instance, a section of the Act makes it mandatory to afford payments for overtime work in respect of employees who earn less than the threshold of R205,433.30 per annum.  “UNTU is of the view that the increase is long overdue,” the union said in a statement.  Prior to 2014, the threshold was set at R193,805.

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