DoL kicks-off national public hearings to review the Private Security Sectoral Determination
23 Apr 2012The Department of Labour (DoL) has kick-started a series of national public hearings on reviewing the Private Security Sectoral Determination following a notice by Minister Mildred Oliphant as part of an investigation to review wages and conditions of employment in the sector.
Shaun Feldman, Deputy-Director Labour Relations: Employment Standards at DoL said the current determination for the private security sector expires in September. Feldman said the public hearings started at the beginning of the month and were expected to continue until the end of May.
“It is important that all those that will be affected, the employers and employees participate in the process so that their inputs are considered when the new determination comes into effect,” he said.
Feldman said the review applies to every employer and employees in the private security sector including car guards.
The scope of coverage includes those that guard or protect fixed property, goods, premises and persons or employees, including monitoring and responding to alarm at premises which are guarded by electronic means.
The determination excludes manager(s) and those subject to bargaining council agreements.
The Private Security Sectoral Determination was promulgated on 30 November 2001.
Feldman said although there was a challenge to get people to attend the hearings because of the nature of the industry shifts, he emphasised the importance of full participation by all concerned.
“The hearings provide an ideal opportunity to look at problematic areas,” he said inputs would be submitted in oral and written format.
He said once the process of public hearings were complete the Department would compile a report based on inputs from all stakeholders which would be presented to the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC).
The ECC then advises the minister who then decides on the new determination, Feldman said.
Some of the factors considered by the ECC in the determination include: ability to conduct business successfully; creations and retention of employment, alleviation of poverty, effect on small business, cost of living, conditions of employment, impact of conditions on Occupational Health and Safety, what impact will this determination have on the sector.
The next series of Private Sector Public Hearings will be held as follows: Northern Cape – Upington’s Waterfront Guest Centre 25 April 2012 and Kimberley’s DoL office on 26 April 2012. North West hearings will be held at Rustenburg’s Civic Centre 24 May 2012, Klerksdorp’s Ngwenya Hotel and Conference Centre on 25 May 2012, Mafikeng’s Garden View Lodge 26 April 2012. Western Cape hearing will be held at the Department’s Provincial office in Cape Town on 10 May 2012, Mosselbay’s D’Almeida Library Hall and at George’s DoL office.
In KwaZulu-Natal hearings will be held in Durban at La Vita Conference centre on 9 May 2012, Richard’s Bay’ Imbizo Conference Centre 10 May 2012, Newcastle at Majuba Lodge 11 May 2012. In Limpopo at Thohoyandou’s Peermont Metcourt Khoroni 16 May 2012, Tzaneen’s Fairview River Lodge 17/05/2012, Polokwane’s Mosate Lodge 18 May 2012. Eastern Cape in Port Elizabeth’s DoL offices 16 May 2012, East London’s DoL office 17/05/2012 and in Umtata at Savoy Hotel 18 May 2012.
In the Free State hearings will be held in Bloemfontein’s Protea Hotel 23 May 2012, Bethlehem’s Frontier Hotel 24 May 2012, and Welkom’s Gold Guest and Conference Centre 25 May 2012. All public hearings will start at 10h00.
Interested stakeholders who wish to submit their inputs can forward their details to:
Private Bag X117
Tel: 012 309 4067
Fax: 012 309 4709
Fax: 086 624 7175
Issued by: Department of Labour
23 Apr 2012
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