Extension of Sectoral Determination In Garden And Landscaping Services Sector To Bring Uniformity In Standards


Stakeholders in the Garden and Landscaping services sector will have until the end of the month (October) to forward their inputs on the proposed moves by the Department of Labour to extend the sectoral determination in the sector. 

The Department of Labour is currently conducting national public hearings with a view to conduct an investigation into the Garden and Landscaping services. This is also part of a drive to formalize the sector and introduce "uniform" standards in the industry.

Today hearings were held in Richards Bay (Empangeni). 

Currently, the industry operates informally with people picked and dropped from sidewalks to work in an unregulated labour environment.  

The Department of Labour has embarked on a process with a view to extend sectoral determination (SD), which prescribes minimum wages and conditions of employment for this sector. The idea is to also determine which employees to be covered by the proposed sectoral determination. 

Garden and Landscaping services sector establishments supported the efforts of the Department to formalize and extend the protection of vulnerable workers. 

Sectoral Determination entails aspects that deal with the protection of workers in vulnerable sectors/areas of work. The determination sets minimum working hours, minimum wages, number of leave days and termination rules.

The Garden and Landscaping services sector include activities such as digging, raking, mowing, spreading, mixing, watering, trimming hedges, weeding, felling or removing of trees or other vegetation or planting under supervision. 

The Garden and Landscaping services sector has no sectoral determination. Currently most of employers in sector complies with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. The sector also does not have a Bargaining council or forum. 

The Garden and Landscaping services sector public hearings started on 3-September-2014 in Klerksdorp, North West and Pretoria North in Gauteng. 

Tomorrow (October 10) the hearings will continue at 29 Scott street, Newcastle and in Polokwane  42A Schoeman Street at the respective offices of the department. 

The curtain on the public hearings will fall next week in Mpumalanga, where hearings are expected to be held on October 15 at the Nelspruit Labour Centre at 29 Building in Brown Street, (October 16) Msukaligwa Municipality hall at Taute Street in Ermelo, and on October 17 will be held at department provincial office at corner Beatty and Hofmeyer Street in Witbank/eMalahleni. 


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