Some businesses need water in order to function. The prevailing drought in the Western Cape has led to unpredictable interruptions due to the implementation of water rationing measures. Interruptions of water supply can be also be due to a variety of other reasons. Contingency plans may be inadequate, which may result in employees not being able to work. Are the employees entitled to be paid?
The principles are similar to those that apply in the case of power interruptions. We addressed this in a newsletter a few years ago, but the principles can be applied as follows in the current context:
In short, employees are normally entitled to be paid for tendering their services during an interruption of water supply. Employers are not entirely powerless, though. They can negotiate a contractual arrangement with their employees with a view to mitigate the situation.
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Article provided by Jan Truter from Labourwise
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