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South African Engineers and Founders Association

19 August 2021

Late on Monday afternoon, SAEFA received the notice below from NUMSA, advising of intended picketing to start from 23rd August 2021.  After having carefully considered the notice and the legalities related thereto, SAEFA is of the view that no procedural picketing may take place.  This is because the purpose of such a picket as contemplated needs to be in support of a protected strike.  Since no protected strike has yet been embarked upon (we have informed members of the procedure required in previous communication), there can, therefore, be no picket without, at the very least, explicit agreement from management that employees may gather in the workplace during lunchtimes and teatimes.  Should management wish to enter into such agreements, please ensure that the employees adhere to all of the requisite Covid-19 protocols. 

Any picketing that takes place in the absence of an express agreement with management is unprotected and may result in disciplinary action being taken against participating employees.    

NUMSA Notice of Nationwide Demonstrations in the Engineering Sector

22 July 2021

Please see an update below regarding wage talks. 

We understand that members are anxious to hear what is happening in the negotiations, but talks are at a critical stage and we appeal to you for patience whilst we finalise the agreement which we will then bring to you for approval. 

Wage Negotiation Advisory No. 38

3 August 2021

Despite having engaged with SAEFA only once thus far, NUMSA have declared themselves to be in dispute with all industry employers, including SAEFA, NEASA, CEO and SEIFSA.  Towards the end of last month, we advised members that this was a distinct possibility, and gave the following clarity in terms of the process:

Good afternoon members.  There are rumours doing the rounds that strike action is planned to start from next week Wednesday (28th July).   Please take careful note that protected strike action is not possible in the next few, to several weeks at least.  In order for protected strike action to take place, the parties to a negotiation need to deadlock.  This hasn’t happened yet and as the next negotiating meeting between any of the parties to the MEIBC is next week Wednesday (between SEIFSA and the unions).  Once there is a deadlock, a party may declare a dispute against the others by filing the requisite forms with the MEIBC.  This may be done next week Wednesday, 28th July at the earliest.  From there, the MEIBC General Secretary, together with the President of the Council are required to call a Manco within 14 days, the purpose of which is to allow the parties to decide on how they want to resolve the dispute.  They can choose one of four options:

14 July 2021

Please see report below following today’s wage negotiations held under the auspices of the MEIBC:

Wage Negotiation Advisory No. 37

PLEASE TAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING:

Many members will have seen communication being sent out by SEIFSA regarding wage negotiations and settlement offers being made by them.  These comments are made in respect of the negotiations between SEIFSA and the trade unions and do not involve SAEFA members.  Any agreement entered into between SEIFSA and the trade unions will not apply to SAEFA members.

30 July 2021

Please see report following today’s negotiation meeting with NUMSA:

Wage Negotiation Advisory No. 39

9 July 2021

Please see below the joint employer report following the negotiating meetings held on 7 and 8 July 2021:

Joint Employer Report PNF Negotiations - 7 & 8 July 2021

23 July 2021

There are rumours doing the rounds that strike action is planned to start from next week Wednesday.   Please take careful note that protected strike action is not possible in the next few, to several weeks at least.  In order for protected strike action to take place, the parties to a negotiation need to deadlock.  This hasn’t happened yet and as the next negotiating meeting between any of the parties to the MEIBC is next week Wednesday (between SEIFSA and the unions).  Once there is a deadlock, a party may declare a dispute against the others by filing the requisite forms with the MEIBC.  This may be done next week Wednesday, at the earliest.  From there, the MEIBC General Secretary, together with the President of the Council are required to call a Manco within 14 days, the purpose of which is to allow the parties to decide on how they want to resolve the dispute.  They can choose one of four options:

6 July 2021

We are aware that pressure is being placed on employers to answer questions from the shop floor regarding wage increases.  Unfortunately, as wage talks are still ongoing, no certainty can be given at this time.  Please see notice below which may be placed on the company notice boards informing the employees of the current position.

Notice to SAEFA Member Employees - 6 July 2021