Negotiations finalised for the Main Agreement 2020 – 2021

Negotiations have been finalised for the Main Agreement 2020-2021, but the question you might ask is how this new development will affect your business. This workshop will cover the newly agreed upon Main Agreement for 2020-2021, the industry collective bargaining structure and process, the protection against plant-level bargaining and strike action and the A to Z of conditions of employment for employees covered by the Main Agreement, including, among other topics:


Wage rates and the wage exemption procedure;

The new deal, the no-strike clause, and protection against plant-level bargaining;

Managing unforeseen contingencies, emergencies, COVID-19, load shedding, power outages, and how to use section 7 (short-time) to your advantage;

Alternative employment relationships such as limited duration contracts, labour broker services, independent contracts and temporary employees;

Payment for overtime, public holidays, Sunday pay and shift allowances, including flexible working time arrangements;

Calculation of shifts for leave and leave enhancement pay;

Family responsibility leave / paternity vs paternal leave/maternity leave;

Managing sick leave and invalid sick notes;

Sick Bay Fund benefits; and

Annual leave pay and leave enhancement pay including the annual shutdown.

The workshop will also look at provisions around retrenchments and lay-offs.


The presenter

Michael Lavender is SEIFA’s Industrial Relations Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree majoring in Industrial Psychology and Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, formerly the University of Natal. He has extensive knowledge and experience in labour law and industrial relations.



011 298 9400


Additional information


Online Webinar


14 September 2020


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