Minister of Employment and Labour ignores pleas from employers and extends detrimental Main Agreement

South African Engineers and Founders Association

7 October 2022

Despite receiving numerous objections from hundreds of employers in the metal industry, employer associations and industry lobby groups, the Minister of Employment of Labour has extended the Consolidated Main Agreement to non-parties.

The extension is effective as of 17 October 2022, making it obligatory to implement the Main Agreement provisions at all metal and engineering industry businesses. 

SAEFA will continue to explore all avenues with our legal advisors and will keep members abreast of developments as they occur.

The Government Gazette is available at the following link: Click on the first link under the Government Gazettes heading (472254_7-10_NationalRegulation)

Please note that this extension will necessitate the submitting of applications for exemption for many of our members. We will be running workshops and webinars on how to submit an exemption in the coming weeks. Please look out for those dates, which will be communicated early next week.