After five sessions, comprising nine days of negotiations, NUMSA declared a dispute with the employers on 30 August 2019. In terms of the MIBCO Constitution, a dispute meeting had to be convened within 14 days; this dispute meeting took place on 9 September 2019.
In terms of NUMSA’s dispute declaration, all the issues raised in its original list of bargaining proposals/demands, constituted the terms of the dispute and during the dispute meeting, NUMSA was not prepared to depart from these proposals/demand if the employers were not prepared to invalidate the Peace Clause, which prohibits plant-level bargaining.
The Peace Clause is fundamental to peace, sustainability and viability of the industry, and the RMI has been mandated by its members, in no uncertain terms, NOT to dilute or invalidate this particular provision.
As a consequence, the dispute between NUMSA and the employers remains unresolved and mediation, under the auspices of the CCMA, which is the next process for the parties to utilise in achieving agreement, has been scheduled for 23 September 2019.
Details regarding progress with negotiations in Sector 5 (fuel retail businesses) will be released under separate cover.
The RMI will continue to keep its valued members updated on progress in this regard.