Main Agreement Meibc 2017

Taking into account the size of the sector and its players, as well as the potential for difference, particularly with regard to wages, equity requires that all workers covered by the technical schedules set out in the main agreement receive the same benefits and protections, regardless of the workers who employ them. The extension remains a matter of controversy, as the National Employers` Association of South Africa (NEASA) alludes to possible disputes to challenge the legality of the extension, mainly for procedural reasons, as in the main agreements of 2011 and 2014. Lucio Trentini, director of Steel and Engineering Industries Federal of Southern Africa (SIEFSA), said the parties are required to follow a fair and transparent trial to ensure that any covetousness and extension is subject to judicial review. The main contract is a collective agreement between employers` organisations and trade unions, which form the Council of Metallurgical and Mechanical Industries. The agreement provides for extended terms and conditions of employment for approximately 320,000 planned workers (including workers provided by employment agencies) who are employed in more than 10,000 companies in the sector. “planned workforce,” staff who are covered by the technical schedules of the main agreement. Intensive negotiations followed the expiry on 30 June 2017 of the main MEIBC agreement, which included more than 20 formal, informal and bilateral meetings that began on 7 June 2017 and ended when all trade unions signed the conciliation agreement on 23 August 2017. The first page of the main collective agreement from July 2014 to June 2017 in the metallurgical and mechanical industry If the agreement is published in the government`s scoreboard, it becomes legally binding for all employers in the sector and for workers within the scope of the main agreement. Hence the next important question. The consolidated draft main agreement is expected to be submitted for consideration by the Bargaining Council Management Committee in the new year.

Part of this process will involve the issuance by the Ministry of Labour of a certificate of membership that will confirm the level of membership of the parties concerned, including non-partisan employers` organizations that are registered with the Bargaining Council but have chosen not to terminate the agreement.

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