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South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

1 March 2018

In our first News Brief of 2018, we informed members that to date there has been no further movement with regard to an industry-wide agreement on wages and conditions of employment.  However, at a recent bargaining council meeting, SEIFSA confirmed that the drafting of the settlement agreement reached between them and the trade unions has been completed.  We have been reliably informed that SEIFSA and NUMSA have joined forces in appointing a legal team in an attempt to have their settlement agreement extended to the rest of the industry against our will.  The SA Engineers and Founders Association will continue to vigorously oppose any such attempt.
 
Whilst these events are unfolding, we recommend that, from 1st of July 2018, members implement wage increases that you believe are fair for your scheduled staff.
 
We further recommend that members implement the following new entrant wage structure of R30.00 / hr at the lowest Grade:

30 January 2018

Avoid the mistakes which could potentially cost your business hundreds of thousands.

Section 185 of the Labour Relations Act gives all employees the right not to be unfairly dismissed.  Yet many employers still make fundamental mistakes when taking corrective action against their employees.  As an employer, there is nothing more frustrating than having to compensate or reinstate an employee who has broken your rules.  The key to successful workplace discipline starts with understanding the principles of progressive discipline and ensuring you know the procedural requirements to ensure fairness. 

All too often, employers are ill prepared when taking disciplinary action against troublesome employees, particularly when it comes to conducting disciplinary enquiries.  Even if you have experienced expert consultants available to chair such enquiries, things will not go your way unless you prepare thoroughly present a well prepared, structured case to maximize your chances of success.

Gordon Angus and Associates is running a one-day workshop to guide employers through the legislative requirements of the Labour Relations Act.

28 February 2018

We are pleased to announce that members of the SA Engineers and Founders Association have been offered a 15% discount on the 2018 Employment Law Conference, presented by Global Business Solutions.
 
Members wanting to attend are requested to indicate that they are SAEFA members on the box “How did you find out about this Course”, or advise Global Business Solutions telephonically, to qualify for this discount.
 
In the marketplace of the 21st century, traditional employment is evolving.  Increasingly, organisations, and individuals, are choosing diverse forms of employment- be it in the form of contracting, freelancing, part-time employment or those placed by third parties.  The emergence of the so-called “gig-economy” where temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for a short-term engagement (a gig), translates into an increasingly dynamic workforce.

29 January 2018

Welcome to the first SAEFA News Brief of 2018! Our best wishes for a productive and momentous year.

Welcome to all of the new members who have recently joined us:

▪ Regal Empowered                                                    
▪ Impala Bolt and Nut                                                      
▪ Vital Steel Projects                                                   
▪ Shorts Lifts                                     
▪ Power Steel Suppliers                                              
▪ GB Engineering
▪ DCD Marine                                                            
▪ DCD Protected Mobility                                               
▪ DCD Rolling Stock                                                   
▪ DCD Metpro                                    
▪ Transvaal Pressed Nuts Bolts and Rivets               
▪ Robor
▪ Robor Pipe Systems                                               
▪ Tricom

We thank you for the confidence that you have shown in us and look forward to being of service to you.

19 February 2018

We were told to expect a response rate of around 15% when embarking on our member survey - having an active membership on board meant that we almost had double the figure. Thank you to all those who completed the questionnaire.
 
The results from the survey are important as they not only ensure that the Exco is aligned with the membership but also assist in setting objectives for the year ahead. This exercise will be done annually so that we compare progress against the current benchmark.
 
The responses are available to members on request. It is reassuring to see how unanimous the support is from the respondents, both for the current Exco team and for the road that the SA Engineers and Founders has taken. We remain proud of the fact that we are an employer’s association run by employers, for employers.

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9 February 2018

The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), an independent policy research organisation and South Africa’s leading policy development think tank, has recently released a report entitled Youth Unemployment: An agenda for action (see the full report on www.cde.org.za).

Some of the facts highlighted in this report are:

  • Youth unemployment is the country's most pressing socio-economic crisis and its most important challenge. At the end of 2016, about 7.5 million young people were not in employment, education or training.
  • South Africa produces far more job-seekers each year than there are entry-level jobs.
  • Current labour laws often make it impossible for young work seekers to offer their labour to employers at a discount to more experienced workers.
  • Current labour practices also tend to raise the cost of employment by creating wage-setting mechanims that raie wages higher than productivity levels.
  • Thus, labour market policy reforms that would increae the rate at which new jobs are created or which slow down the rate at which existing job are destroyed, are urgently needed.