The tough post-COVID economic conditions have forced many companies to rethink how they do business. Restructuring, lay-offs, short time and retrenchments are the new order of the day as companies try to survive uncertain times.

Join us for a mid-morning webinar on the topic of Retrenchment and Restructuring in uncertain times.

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How to manage retrenchments and restructuring in difficult times.

Join SEIFSA’s industrial relations specialist Michael Lavender, who has 30 years of experience in the metals industry, for this informative and hands-on webinar.


What does it mean to restructure and what does the main agreement prescribe (section 33)?

What grounds can we use to retrench (Annexure A of the main agreement and section 189 of LRA)?

What is voluntary retrenchment vs. forced retrenchment and when can it be applied?

Is there a difference between redundancy and retrenchment?

What is severance pay; how is it calculated and when must it be paid (main agreement vs. BCEA)?

Must we involve the Trade Unions and to what extent?


1 day


09:00 – 15:00


Michael Lavender

Michael Lavender joined SEIFSA in 1991 as an Industrial Relations Advisor, after two and a half years in the mining industry in the position of an Industrial Relations Advisor. He has held various positions within the Industrial Relations Division, including Senior Industrial Relations Advisor, Industrial Relations Services Training Manager, and was appointed to the position of Industrial Relations Manager in 2013.

Providing key Industrial relations consultancy and training services, Michael holds:

  • a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Industrial Psychology and Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, formerly the University of Natal,
  • a Personnel Management Trainee Programme from Rand Mines,
  • a Certificate Programme in Industrial Relations (CPIR) from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (Wits Business School), and
  • An Expert Negotiator Certificate issued by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

In addition, Michael is the Lift and Escalator Employer spokesperson for the Lift negotiations.

He is also a representative at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council.

He has gained extensive knowledge and experience and daily duties include but are not limited to, advising and training companies on the Main Agreement and labour law, chairing hearings in the areas of disciplinary, incapacity, grievance. Representing various companies in retrenchment consultations and other industrial relations matters such as disputes and industrial action, as well as at the CCMA and the MEIBC Bargaining Council at conciliation and arbitration.


Tel: 011 298 9400

Email: sales@seifsa.co.za

Additional information

Online Webinar


26 August 2022, 28 October 2022


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