Vote taken to gazette the 2017-2010 Main Agreement

South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

18 May 2018

Members may have seen an email doing the rounds sent out by SEIFSA regarding the gazettal and extension of their settlement agreement with the unions.  Unfortunately, SEIFSA is being economical with the truth. 

What they don’t tell you here is that in terms of section 32(1), the employer associations who have a seat on the MEIBC and vote for the agreement to be given to the Minister for extension, have to represent the majority of employees of all the employer associations on the MEIBC. 

The DoL has not, contrary to their letter, completed their verification exercise.  At the MANCO Meeting held on 17 May, it was agreed that one of the employer associations, the SAEUO, had not yet had its members verified.  They claim to have members who employ 12 000 employees.  If this is true and the numbers are verified as such, then SEIFSA’s associations who have a seat on the MEIBC do not represent the majority of employees and the decision to give the agreement to the Minister will not carry. 

We expect that the outcome of that verification exercise will be completed in the course of the next few weeks.

A Manco has been planned in June for further discussion.