Employees do not always have to pay for their own overalls and garments. The question then arises that who needs to pay for their overalls and garments? and, by when must the employer provide an employee with a new overall or garment?
Clause 9.4 (1) and (2) of the MIBCO Main Collective Agreement states the following:
(1) Overalls “Every employer shall supply, free of charge, to each of his workshop employees other than chars, watchmen, general workers and drivers, three first grade overalls during each yearly cycle of employment: Provided that two overalls are supplied at the beginning of the cycle and the third overall after six month’s employment”
“Yearly cycle of employment” shall mean a period of 12 months continuous employment with the same employer and shall be calculated from the date of commencement of employment with such employer”
(2) Garments: “Every employer who requires any Division B employee to wear a uniform, overall, dustcoat or apron shall provide such garment free of charge.”
Remember the employer remains the owner of any item supplied to an employee by him free of charge in terms of the above mentioned clause and it is the employee’s responsibility to keep the overalls and garments neat and clean.
In a Nutshell: Some employee can have a right to a free overall or garment , which assist some employees not buy same out of their own pocket.
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