CCMA’s job is to help save jobs
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.