CCMA TO MEDIATE IN SABC STRIKE

Unions at the SABC (BEMAWU & CWU) have agreed to delay the issuing of a strike notice until Monday,  30 October 2017 for a strike at the Public Broadcaster  to afford the CCMA an opportunity to mediate between the parties.

This decision comes after the CCMA on Friday made the request to the unions.

In an email to the unions, Acting Senior Commissioner of Collective Bargaining at the CCMA, Shimane Kgantse wrote:

The view of the Commissioner Madubanya who facilitated the wage dispute is that she did not get an opportunity to mediate over the dispute. We are mindful that legally there’s nothing precluding the Trade [unions] from embarking on a protected strike since thirty days has lapsed from the date of the referral. We however request you indulgence and provide us with an opportunity to have a mediated session with the parties before exercising your rights.

Due to this request, and also then to afford the full Board the opportunity it has requested in our last meeting, to meet and consider the demands of the unions, the strike will not proceed on Monday, but after the 48 hours notice has lapsed, which will be served on the SABC on Monday.

This will afford the CCMA the opportunity to mediate between the parties, and for the Board to inform employees what they have decided. At the meeting between the Board and unions, the delegation of the Board indicated they want to open negotiations with the unions, and the understanding was, by opening negotiations, the SABC will move from their 0% offer.

We believe the decision to only serve notice on Monday to afford the parties to meet in one last final attempt to avoid a full blown strike  at the Public Broadcaster is the correct one, in the best interest of our members and the Broadcaster and is reasonable. This also demonstrates our commitment to have a cordial working relationship with the Board, and to heal and restore the dignity of the Public Broadcaster.

In the strike ballot done by BEMAWU, 89% of its members voted in favour of a strike.

CCMA LETTER

From: Shimane Kgantse [mailto:shimanek@CCMA.org.za]
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2017 12:00 PM
To: booysen.mashego@yahoo.com
Cc: headoffice@bemawu.org.za; mogalanet@gmail.com; Boitumelo Fatane <BoitumeloF@CCMA.org.za>

Dear Mr Booysen

Thank you for your mail.

The view of the Commissioner Madubanya who facilitated the wage dispute is that she did not get an opportunity to mediate over the dispute. We are mindful that legally there’s nothing precluding the Trade from embarking on a protected strike since thirty days has lapsed from the date of the referral. We however request you indulgence and provide us with an opportunity to have a mediated session with the parties before exercising your rights.

Looking forward to your positive response.

Regards

Shimane Kgantse

Acting Senior Commissioner Collective Bargaining
Telephone: +27113776733

Fax2Email:   086 506 9557

Call Centre: 0861 16 16 16 | Website: http://www.ccma.org.za

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