CCMA’s job is to help save jobs

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - TNA REPORTER news@the­

THE Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion (CCMA) has, as part of its five year Senz’umehluko Strat­egy, pri­ori­tised em­ploy­ment se­cu­rity as one of its strate­gic driv­ers of en­hanc­ing the labour mar­ket to ad­vance sta­bil­ity and growth.

The CCMA’s job sav­ing strat­egy aims to as­sist busi­nesses in dis­tress to save jobs. Em­ploy­ment se­cu­rity is one of the pri­or­i­ties of the Na­tional Devel­op­ment Plan and an im­per­a­tive in the erad­i­ca­tion of the triple cri­sis and a mul­ti­ply­ing con­trib­u­tor to the well­be­ing of our econ­omy, CCMA com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Onkgopotse Ma­ditse said.

“The CCMA’s holis­tic ap­proach seeks to give guid­ance and steps for pos­si­ble ac­tion that needs to be taken within the le­gal frame­work but out­side what is ex­pected. This means hav­ing an ef­fec­tive early warning sys­tem that is able to trig­ger steps to be taken where busi­nesses fac­ing dis­tress can be saved.”

The CCMA’s ap­proach to job-sav­ing and mit­i­ga­tion of job losses was in­formed by as­pir­ing to fos­ter ef­fec­tive con­sul­ta­tion, through the us­age of highly skilled and men­tored Sec­tion 189A fa­cil­i­ta­tors.

To en­sure the con­tin­ued suc­cess of this ini­tia­tive, the CCMA in­tro­duced the com­mis­sioner men­tor­ing pro­gramme which en­tailed that be­fore a com­mis­sioner could pre­side over Sec­tion 189A mat­ters, they would have to un­dergo the men­tor­ship pro­gramme spe­cific to Sec­tion 189A.

“Since the in­cep­tion of this ini­tia­tive, the cred­i­bil­ity of the CCMA has in­creased. At the end of Novem­ber, the CCMA re­ceived 344 re­fer­rals and of these re­fer­rals, 277 were from em­ploy­ers.”

Ce­ment­ing its stance on job sav­ing, the CCMA has en­tered into a strate­gic part­ner­ship with Pro­duc­tiv­ity SA and is ex­plor­ing part­ner­ships with AgriSA and the Min­ing Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Author­ity to en­hance its early warning sys­tems and pro­vi­sion of sur­vival and sup­port mech­a­nisms to re­trenched work­ers.

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