Pretoria - The Department of Labour is in the process of setting up a new wage adjustment structure for the private security sectoral determination.

The current sectoral determination is coming to an end this year.

The department has invited all stakeholders in the private security sector, who are directly and indirectly affected, including employers, employer organisations, employees and trade unions to attend national public hearings in which they will be allowed to voice their inputs.

“In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), the Labour Minister should consult with stakeholders in the sector with the aim to source information in relation to the wage adjustment,” said the department.

The private security sector employs about 1 070 387 people. The sectoral determination for private security sector in South Africa was published in the Government Gazette on 30 November 2001 and provisions in respect of minimum wages became applicable on 10 December 2001.

Prior to the promulgation, the private security sector, like any other sector, was covered by the BCEA.

The department said the current minimum wages in the sector lapse on 31 August 2016 and the new minimum wages should be in effect from 1 September 2016.

The national road shows are set to begin on 4 February 2015 in Klerksdorp, North West, at the department’s Labour Centre at Pelser Building corner Anderson & Voortrekker Streets and in Thohoyandou Labour Centre in Limpopo Province at stand 68 & 69 Leisure Lodge Building, respectively. 

All public hearings start at 10am. They will end on 6 March in Mbombela, Mpumalanga and in Bethlehem, Free State.

Other issues that will be discussed during national public hearings include special allowances, maternity leave, night shift, temporary employment services and overtime. -