Dear CEO Members
On Friday 12 June 2020, the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi has extended the collective agreement (regulating wages, working conditions and benefits for the industry) on request of the National Bargaining Council for the Hairdressing, Cosmetology, Beauty and Skincare Industry (HCSBC) to non-parties. This was done despite the continuous national lockdown and industry closure.
This agreement was negotiated in March 2020 between the parties. This comes at a time where this industry has remained closed since the national lockdown from 27 March 2020, to date. IT had been hoped that the parties to the bargaining council and the bargaining council at large would have reconsidered their request to the minister for the extension of their main agreement; seeing that the Hairdressing, Cosmetology, Beauty and Skincare Industry (HCSBC) remains closed, however are forced to observe more stringent wages, working conditions, benefits and contributions.
CEO fears that the extension of this main agreement may increase the likelihood of civil disobedience and non-compliance of employers and employees alike when this industry may eventually reopen. This is all off the back of a bargaining council struggling to enforce compliance of its collective agreement due to the nature of the industry.
CEO understands that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has requested the Minister of Employment and Labour to retract the extension of this main agreement and has also approached the High Court, to declare the closure of the Hairdressing, Cosmetology, Beauty and Skincare Industry, invalid and unconstitutional, which will be heard on 22 June 2020.
Please click here, to view the extended HCSBC Main Agreement.
CEO will keep its members in the industry abreast on the developments herein.
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CEO Collective Bargaining Team