PRESS RELEASE – 2014/07/22: SEIFSA CLARIFIES ITS ACCEPTANCE OF THE MINISTER’S PROPOSAL

JOHANNESBURG, 22 JULY 2014 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) wishes to clarify that the employers’ acceptance of the Minister’s proposal is conditional upon a resolution of Section 37, and its acceptance by the unions no later than Friday (25 July).
Several social media reports have stated that SEIFSA has accepted the Minister’s proposal unconditionally – this is not true and it is clearly articulated in the press release (issued this morning) that employers have accepted the Minister’s proposal on wages but not on Section 37.

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PRESS RELEASE – 2014/07/22: SEIFSA ACCEPTS MINISTER’S PROPOSAL ON WAGES BUT NOT ON SECTION 37

JOHANNESBURG, 22 JULY 2014 – The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has reluctantly accepted Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant’s proposal to offer wage increases of 10% to low-level employees in the metals and engineering sector over three years, but insisted overwhelmingly on the need for Section 37 of the Main Agreement of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) to be tightened up in order to protect employers from double dipping.

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