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CCMA Seeks Comment on NUMSA Application

June 28, 2019

Department of Employment and Labour

28 June 2019

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) seeks comment on applications lodged by the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA).

The labour department published the call for written representations in Government Gazette 42545 in terms of Section 62(7) of the Labour Relations Act.

Section 62 focuses on disputes about demarcation between sectors and areas while Section 62(7) stipulates that if the CCMA holds the view that an application is of substantial importance, the Commission “must publish a notice in the Government Gazette stating the particulars of the application or referral and stating the period within which written representations may be made and the address to which they must be directed”.

NUMSA has applied for an order declaring that FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA (Pty) Ltd (FAW) does not fall within the scope of MIBCO; declaring that FAW is not bound by terms and conditions of service negotiated in MIBCO; declaring that NUMSA is entitled to collectively bargain with FAW at plant level or in any bargaining forum which FAW may choose to join and directing MIBCO to take such steps as are necessary to deregister FAW as a party to the council.

In turn, FAW seeks an order confirming that it is part of MIBCO while MIBCO seeks an order confirming that FAW does fall within its scope and jurisdiction.

Written representation is invited within 21 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the department has announced that the National Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Conference will be held in Ekurhuleni from 24th to 26th July 2019.

In a statement, the department confirmed that the theme of the conference is “Strategic co-operation to promote decent work and achieve ‘Vision Zero’ in occupational injuries and diseases”.

The conference is designed to showcase the work done by the department to ensure safe working environments and to promote workers’ health as part of Agenda 2030.

A number of issues will be discussed at the conference including gender aspects in OHS; psychological conditions after an occupational injury; health impact of shift work; construction health and safety; addressing occupational diseases in SA; impact of HIV/AIDS and TB in the world of work; management of noise induced hearing loss in the iron and steel sector; bio risk safety management and respiratory disorders at work.