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27th September
2021
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The collective agreement, adopted in accordance with the Employment Relations Act, now enjoys the status of a sectoral collective agreement and marks a turning point where companies and employees have jointly recognised the devastating effects of the Covid 19 pandemic on companies and employees in the entire metallurgy and mechanical (M&E) sector, Seifsa said. The five unions that signed the agreement are the National Union of MetalWorkers of South Africa, Solidarity, the United Association of South Africa, the Metal and Electrical Workers Union of South Africa and the South African Equity Workers Association. If the agreement is published in the Official Journal of government, it becomes legally binding on all employers active in the sector and on workers falling within the scope of the main agreement. Hence the next important question. The main agreement manual is very relevant for all employers in the metallurgy and mechanical engineering sector, and not only for those who are members of SEIFSA affiliated associations. The main agreement is a collective agreement between the employers` organisations and the trade unions which form the metallurgy and mechanical engineering bargaining council. The agreement provides for comprehensive employment conditions for some 320,000 planned workers (including workers provided by employment agencies) employed in more than 10,000 companies in the sector. “scheduled workers” means employees covered by the technical calendars of the main agreement. The 19 employers` organizations affiliated to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and the five unions in the sector adopted, on the 1st The main standstill agreement concluded in August for the period 2020-2021 was formally adopted. “The agreement allows our sector to preserve jobs while seeking solutions that will help reverse not only the fate of the sector, but also the economy as a whole,” Trentini said.

Lucio Trentini, Seifsa`s chief operating officer, says the deal is important because it recognises from all parties to the negotiations the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses and employee livelihoods in an economy that was already in recession before the pandemic. The agreement is the result of a tariff partnership based on understanding, respect and trust. The purpose of the main agreement is to regulate the conditions of employment of workers who work in manufacturing processes in the metallurgical industry. Seifsa, unions adopt the main standstill agreement To subscribe to E-Mail-subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here To E-Mail-advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here The agreement provides for legally binding and comprehensive terms and conditions of employment, including minimum wage structures for all employees whose jobs are described in the agreement. The main agreement contains 38 separate technical timelines, which apply to a particular sub-sector of the sector. These technical calendars describe the specific jobs, tasks and technical activities performed by personnel working in the direct production process in these sectors. The terms and conditions of employment of the main agreement are summarized in the manual of the main agreement. Order again today. “In response, we have all agreed to set existing working and employment conditions over a 12-month period and freeze current wage rates until 30 June 2021 so that the sector can adapt to the post-Covid-19 reality. . .

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