Worker rights: Wages and conditions of employment

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Worker rights: Wages and conditions of employment

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An essential resource for giving accurate advice to workers about their wages and conditions of employment.

Produced by Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO), this guide is a useful resource for shop stewards seeking information on who is covered by bargaining council agreements, sectoral determinations and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

Being able to tell which agreements, determinations or laws cover particular workers is important for several reasons, including;

Bargaining council agreements

Bargaining council agreements are negotiated between trade unions and employer organisations in bargaining councils, which are set up in terms of the Labour Relations Act. Bargaining council agreements set down minimum conditions of employment and minimum wages for workers in a particular sector, and are binding on all employers in that sector if the Minister of Labour and Employment extends the agreement to non-parties.

Sectoral determinations

Sectoral determinations are made by the Minister of Labour and Employment, and set minimum conditions of employment and wages for particular sectors of the economy. These determinations are made in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA)

Workers who are not covered either by a bargaining council agreement or by a sectoral determination are covered by the BCEA. Workers who are covered by bargaining council agreements or sectoral determinations retain the protection of the BCEA where the agreements or determinations are silent on particular rights granted by the BCEA.

This resource was published by CWAO before the National Minimum Wage Act was made known publicly. The resource may contain outdated information, for example, the current contact details for CWAO.

Republished with permission from Casual Workers Advice Office. See the original publication

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