MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: FRIDAY, 09 NOVEMBER 2018
ATTENTION: ALL MEDIA HOUSES AND REPRESENTATIVES
SUBJECT: CCMA CELEBRATING 22 YEARS OF CHANGING WORKPLACES – CHANGING LIVES
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is a dispute resolution body established in terms of the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 (LRA). It is an independent body, does not belong to and is not controlled by any political party, trade union or business.
On 11 November 2018, the CCMA will be celebrating 22 years of its formation of Changing Workplaces - Changing Lives. The CCMA’s journey began with just 10 offices and a case load of 52 713 referrals 1996. At the end of the 2017/18 financial year, the CCMA had grown to 12 Regional Offices and a total 22 Offices nationally. As at 31 October 2018, the CCMA caseload registered at 3 020 061 referrals. With the imminent introduction of the New National Minimum Wage which presents new jurisdictions for the CCMA, the caseload per annum is expected to increase substantially.
Due to the increasing caseload, which is indicative of the volatility of the labour market, the CCMA has of late been challenged to have an extended impact in the labour market, over and above its legislated mandate of dispute resolution, to that of dispute management and prevention.
The CCMA further accepts the opportunity to contribute towards the National Development Plan (NDP) through the flagship projects of the Presidential Job Summit; namely, the Training Lay-Off Scheme (TLS) and the CCMA/BUSA Webtool. The TLS focuses on job retention, upskilling of workers and assisting employers through alleviating business distress. The CCMA/BUSA Webtool aims to provide labour rmarket literacy to SMME’s through a web – based platform.
The CCMA remains committed in making a difference in the labour market, as embedded in the CCMA’s five (5) Senz’umehluko Strategy.
Issued by: Dumisani Mavundla – Communications Officer, CCMA. Tel: 011 377 6674; Cell: 072 414 2494; Email: DumisaniM@ccma.org.za
Annah Mokgadinyane – Tel: 011 377 6709 Email: AnnahMo@CCMA.org.za
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