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earningsThe United National Transport Union (UNTU) has requested Labour and Employment Minister Thulas Nxesi to review the earnings threshold set in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).  

The present threshold of R205,433.30 per year has not been increased since 1 July 2014.  In a statement on Wednesday, the union noted that it had in vain requested his predecessor, Minister Mildred Oliphant, several times to review the threshold.  In terms of section 6(3) of the BCEA, a number of provisions in Chapter Two, ‘Regulation of Working Time’, do not apply to employee who earns above the threshold.  The relevant excluded sections include 9 (ordinary hours of work); 10(1) (overtime); 14(1) (meal intervals); 15(1) (daily and weekly rest periods); 17(2) (night work); and 18(1) (requirement to work on public holidays).  Steve Harris, general secretary of UNTU, said the union has been pushing for the BCEA threshold to be increased as employees earning in excess thereof were not entitled to all the minimum protections contained in the Act.  He added that an increase in the level of the threshold was long overdue.

  • Read UNTU’s press statement in the above regard at Polity

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