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neasaNational Employers Association of SA (Neasa) CEO Gerhard Papenfus argues that protecting the current centralised collective bargaining dispensation in the metals industry will ensure its complete downfall.  

He writes that, although collective bargaining in SA has many shortcomings, they are not the issues that are about to cause the imminent downfall of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  Rather, it is the unlawful extension of agreements between employer federation Seifsa and (primarily) the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, which thereby enforces a self-serving arrangement on the rest of the Industry, with devastating consequences.  Papenfus maintains that the small, medium-sized and microenterprises in the metals industry are not opposed to collective bargaining, but they are opposed to being bullied by the ‘Seifsa/Numsa/Department of Labour’ cartel.  Their protests are said to be against being put out of business by role-players with absolutely no sensitivity for the plight of SMMEs.  He also says that if the ‘cartel’ continues with its attempts to extend their agreements by unlawful means (since they no longer have the representivity to do it legally) it will cause the downfall of the MEIBC, which will be simply a matter of time.  “The industry has recently witnessed the gradual decline of the council.  Its sudden demise might be imminent.”

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