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South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

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.

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.

29 November 2017

Fake News 1

 

SA Engineers and Founders members are resigning in droves from the Association.

While some of our members have decided to join SEIFSA-affiliated associations, they have done so due to an unfounded concern that our Association was determined to engineer a strike during the final round of Main Agreement negotiations. These members thought there would be safety in what appeared to be bigger numbers.

Subsequent events have shown that this is not true.

 

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.

3 November 2017

The SA Engineers and Founders Association’s position with regard to the 2017 Main Agreement negotiations is well documented.  As you are aware, there is currently no binding agreement in place for our members.  As a consequence, if your company is in the position of not being able to pay the Leave Enhancement Pay to your scheduled employees upon them proceeding on annual leave, you are not obliged to do so.  Ordinarily, you would be required to submit an exemption application, together with supporting financial documentation, proof of consultation, etc., something which many members dread, as the process is onerous, cumbersome and time-consuming.  Members of the SA Engineers and Founders do not need to submit such an exemption, as there is no need to be exempted from an agreement which does not bind us.

It is advisable that you consult with your employees over your plans regarding payment over the annual shutdown period, so that employees fully understand the financial implications. 

For assistance with this or with any other IR-related query, please contact Gordon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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2 November 2017

Unlikely that SEIFSA-NUMSA agreement can be extended to non-parties; the legal fund is a desperate attempt to force through the deal and will cost millions

SAEFA members may be aware of a war of words between employer bodies in the engineering and metal industries, centred around the wage negotiations commencing in May this year.

As members may recall, the goal leading up to the 2017 wage negotiations was to ensure that an inclusive deal was reached, representing the interests of labour and employer bodies – including SAEFA members – equally. Mediation and arbitration specialist Johnny Goldberg was brought on board as a lead negotiator on behalf of employer bodies, in good faith, with the intention to ensure an inclusive negotiation process for all parties.

This inclusive process was cut short when SEIFSA and NUMSA engaged in bilateral negotiations and signed their own wage settlement agreement. SAEFA is not in favour of this deal. Not only were we excluded, but critical employer demands that were tabled to address the dire need for job creation in an industry that has been steadily bleeding jobs, were not considered.