The Setting Aside of the Registration and Administration Expenses Collective Agreement

South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

25 March 2019

On 28 November 2018 the request to extend the Registration and Administration Expenses Collective Agreement  was set aside by the Labour Court. The judge stated that the reasons given for his decision would be given at a later date.

On 15th March 2019, the reasons for the order were received and have been attached for your reference.

In summary, the judge held that the vote to request the Minister of Labour to extend the agreement to non-parties was taken at a meeting convened outside of the constitution of the MEIBC and is therefore invalid.  The SEIFSA-affiliated associations who do not have representation on the various MEIBC structures are not permitted to take part in decision-making processes of the council and therefore should not have been allowed to vote in the meeting held on 4th September 2018.

This is reassuring, because not only was this in line with our view, but also shows that the same flawed process which was adopted in requesting the extension of the 2017 – 2020 Settlement Agreement, is similarly invalid.

We will keep members updated when there are developments.

Please find below the Labour Court's reasoning for setting aside the extension request of the Registration and Administration Expenses Collective Agreement.

Labour Court Ruling

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