CCMAMoneyweb reports that changes to legislation led to a far greater increase in the case load of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) than the dispute resolution body had anticipated.  

And the numbers are only expected to increase as the new laws coincide with an increasing number of retrenchments, led mainly by automation and artificial intelligence, particularly in the construction, mining and metals industry.  Tabling the CCMA’s annual report for the year to March on Monday, director Cameron Sello Morajane said that the new jurisdiction – especially the introduction of the National Minimum Wage Act and amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, both of which came into effect in January 2019 – had increased the number of referrals made to the CCMA.  And prior to that, the mandate of the CCMA had been expanded to deal with employment equity matters, including issues of harassment, sexual harassment and violence, which had also added to its case load.  In the 12 months to the end of March 2019, a total of 193,732 cases were referred to the CCMA compared with 186,902 the previous financial year.  Morajane indicated that the case load was projected to increase by a further 25% in the current financial year.  Morajane also shed a light on the number of retrenchment-related cases the commission was dealing with, saying it had been “really kept busy by the large-scale dismissals”.


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