Bargaining: What was our scorecard last year?

Who has won the best clauses in their agreements?


Sectors won


Maternity leave


55% payment from the Metal Industries Sick Pay Fund for 6 months + payment from UIF for 4 months

Paternity leave


One day per annual leave cycle when the child is born

Service leave


1 day's leave after 2 years but less than 3 years service2 day's leave after 3 years but less than 4 years service 3 day's leave after 4 years but less than 5 years service 4 day's leave after 5 years but less than 10 years service 6 day's leave after 10 and more years service

Annual leave

All sectors

Three weeks

ABET training during working hours


Training is paid

For every 1 artisan, the company must train four apprentices


This will be phased in over time

Agency shop/ bargaining fee

Auto and engineering

1% of wages

Scope of agreement covers salaried staff (non-scheduled staff)


As long as 50% + 1 of workers belong to the unions in the NBF bargaining council

Company to provide counselling and drugs for HIV/AIDS

Some individual companies have agreed

Not agreed to in any centralised agreement

Pap smear



Year end gratuity (bonus)

Engineering, auto, tyre

1/12 of annual pay (i.e. 8.33% of annual pay or 13 th cheque) after 1 year service (less than this reduced pro rata)

Work Security Fund

Auto and tyre

Five cents per normal hour worked per employee for the duration of the Agreement

Hours of work

Auto, tyre, engineering

40 hours a week

Shift work


Night shift – extra 15%

Afternoon shift – extra 7.5%

Notice of short-time


Two days

Temporary lay-off

Auto, tyre

Payble if you work less than four days in any one week. The maximum benefit payable is:

Less than 2 years service 45 hours pay 2 years service but less than 54 hours pay 5 years service 5 years service but less than 72 hours pay 10 years service 10 years service and more 100 hours pay