Hearings on wages for taxi, hospitality industries continue

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pretoria – Public hearings on wages in the taxi and hospitality industries, hosted by the Department of Labour, were held in the Mpumalanga region on Wednesday.

The department said hundreds of enthusiastic stakeholders attended the hearings.

Titus Mtsweni, the department’s acting Director for Employment Standards, said sectoral determinations came into effect in the taxi industry in July 2005 and in the hospitality industry in July 2007.

The meetings kicked off in KwaMhlanga on Monday and proceeded to Witbank before ending in Lydenburg and Nelspruit.

Officials urged those attending to “use the public hearings to make inputs in order to influence the outcome of the process”.

Once the hearings are concluded in all provinces, the department will forward all the inputs to the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC) – the body that advices the Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on wages and other working conditions.

From then on, the ECC will make recommendations to the minister, who will then make final determinations for the sectors.

Mtsweni said the roadshows will proceed to Springbok and Upington in the Northern Cape next week. - SAnews.gov.za