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 to water supply can also be due to a variety of other reasons. Contingency plans may be inadequate, which may result in employees not being able to work. Must employees be paid?
The principles are similar to those that apply in the case of power interruptions, which 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 to water supply. However, the right to be paid will depend on the nature of the contract that exists between the parties. Employers are not entirely powerless. They can negotiate a contractual arrangement with their employees with a view to mitigate the situation.