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Posted by: Bobo | 2011-05-01

Working on public holiday

I have started a new job and I am shocked by the employers policies. Employees are forced to work on public holidays and are paid normal rate  if they don''t work they are given verbal warnings. The company has a 3 shift system 7-3  3 -11 11-7. Morning shift runs from monday to sunday then sunday nite night shift starts till saterday. What are the rights of employees when companies policies are in conflict with labour laws.

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re: Working on public holiday

Anyone that works on a public holiday who earns less than R149,000-00 per year is entitled to double pay. This figure is going up to R170,000-00 in July.

If the majority of your shift falls on a Sunday then you are entitled to double pay. If the company works normally on a Sunday then it would be one and a half times the normal pay. You are always entitled to double pay on a public holiday.

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Posted by: Labour Lawyer | 2011-05-31

re: Working on public holiday

Anyone that works on a public holiday who earns less than R149,000-00 per year is entitled to double pay. This figure is going up to R170,000-00 in July.

If the majority of your shift falls on a Sunday then you are entitled to double pay. If the company works normally on a Sunday then it would be one and a half times the normal pay. You are always entitled to double pay on a public holiday.

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Posted by: Trev | 2011-05-04

Plenty of people work shifts,especially in essential service industries- the more industrialised a country is, the more so per capita. If the pre-determined shift schedule happens to fall on a public holiday,employees are entitled to their normal hourly rate times two.The companies policies are irrelevent, the BCEA overules, and is the absolute minimum in terms of employment rights.

I believe that if these employees were to belong to a good union,then there rights would never have been violated in the first place.

What is this companies name?, so that I can bouycot dealing with them in any way.

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