I think this is good news for SMEs
NUMSA agrees to NEASA demands to end lock-out
On the face of things, NEASA would seem to have been finessed.Two weeks after NUMSA capitulated to NEASA’s 2014 demands, the Minister of Labour signed a notice by which she extended the July 2014 Seifsa/trade union agreement to non-parties, effective from 5 January 2015.
Last edited by Dave A; 14-Jan-15 at 07:48 AM. Reason: second thoughts
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The battle here is to get the ministers and unions to abide by the law and not by their own law, as has been happening in the past. NEASA has been in court with the labour minister for a good number of years for promulgating acceptance of illegal agreements for years.
As it is, the metals/electrical manufacturing industry is plagued by the exceptionally high cost of unskilled labour. The minimum wage is R32 odd for any one coming off the street with no skills as an entry level wage as compared to half that amount in other industries.
This has occurred, because no SME representation was made at all bargaining meetings in the past years, and NUMSA demands were continually met by SEIFSA, who does not represent the whole industry, but a handful of companies. NEASA has now many SMEs that it represents and is becoming a major player in the bargaining arena.
The lock out seen recently was the first time that was legally protected, and was what created the acceptance of the terms as stated by NEASA, as the unions could not strongarm the overturning of the lockouts. This is the first step of breaking down the monopoloy held by SEIFSA, Cosatu and Numsa in the past, who really only represented about 25% of the industry labour force, but with their militant tactics were able to control the whole industry, (many businesses were vandalized to prove their strength from bussed in union members). Right now the split in Cosatu is the beginning of the end of the iron fist held on industry by these organizations, who were there not to look after the workers, but were there rather to look after their own political positions.
Greig Whitton (14-Jan-15)