HOLISTIC APPROACH TO JOB SAVING IS ESSENTIAL
As part of the CCMA’s five (5) year Senz’umehluko Strategy, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), over and above its legislated mandate, has prioritised employment security as one of its strategic drivers.
The CCMA’s job saving strategy includes the promotion of employment security in a bid to assist businesses in distress and save jobs, the usage of a holistic approach in every situation of employment security, building the capacity of Commissioners and Users, as well as building partnerships with other institutions and government departments.
For instance, the CCMA entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Productivity South Africa in December 2016. The purpose of which is to facilitate information sharing and co-operation between the two (2) public entities. The PSA implements its mandate of providing turnaround solutions to businesses in distress in a bid to save jobs. Where retrenchments are unavoidable, the CCMA assists workers to access appropriate support and survival mechanisms. The CCMA has also partnered with the Mining Qualification Authority (MQA) to provide support and training for retrenched workers.
The CCMA, through its Employment Security function in the Collective Bargaining and Outreach Department, for the 2016/17 financial year, had set for itself a strategic target of saving a total of twenty percent (20%) of all jobs facing retrenchments (cases referred to the CCMA).
Mr Cameron Morajane, Director of the CCMA, indicates that as at the end 16 March 2017, the CCMA has saved a total of fifty three percent (53%) of all jobs facing retrenchments (cases referred to the CCMA). This translates into 22 416 jobs saved by the CCMA for the said period and clearly demonstrates the CCMA’s direct impact and contribution to social justice in South Africa.
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