Wage Negotiation Advisory No. 13

South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

22 June 017

In our last Advisory (No. 12), we explained that talks had deadlocked and that the trade unions had declared a dispute against the employers, who in turn had declared counter disputes against them.  We further explained that this meant that a Special Management Committee (Manco) meeting had to be held within 14 days of the dispute declaration (15 June 2017) and that the Manco would then have to decide how the dispute must be resolved, by choosing one of four options:

  1. Appoint a sub-committee to meet within a specified number of days, for the purposes of attempting to resolve the dispute or to recommend to the parties a process by which the dispute can be resolved;
  1. Referring the dispute to conciliation;
  1. Referring the dispute to arbitration;
  1. Instructing the Secretary to issue a certificate stating that the dispute remains unresolved.

As expected, the parties elected option 1 above and negotiations are set to continue in a smaller subcommittee.  Further negotiating dates have been arranged for 28 and 29 June and 5 and 6 July 2017 in order for parties to continue to work at resolving the dispute and settling the wage negotiations.   However, if the subcommittee is unable to resolve the dispute in these or subsequent meetings, a certificate of non-resolution may be issued, which will open the way for industrial action. 

Members are reminded that the SA Engineers and Founders Association, in collaboration with Global Business Solutions, is hosting a Wage Negotiation Update and Strike Handling workshop, where practical advice will be given to members on how to handle any industrial action which may be embarked upon.  

Please click on the link below for details or email Charlene (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Gordon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Wage Negotiation Update and Strike Handling Workshop Invitation

Members are welcome to contact Gordon on 083 412 1437 for further information.

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