Many of you will have seen propaganda sent by SEIFSA (below) regarding the acceptance of its agreement with the unions. It is regrettable (but not surprising) that SEIFSA once again addresses the truth in an extremely liberal way in this circular. With respect to Sections 31 and 32 of the LRA, the agreement must be adopted as an agreement of a negotiating council in order to allow for the extension of an agreement. At the Manco on 1 September 2020, SEIFSA and the trade unions proposed to formally adopt their agreement as a MEIBC agreement. This has not been the case. Indeed, the President of the MEIBC did not even allow the matter to be put to the vote, because the negotiations that preceded the signing of their agreement were not in accordance with the MEIBC Constitution. If you look very closely, you will notice that the letter actually never says that the agreement was adopted as a Council agreement (as I explained, an LRA requirement for prorogation). It says that the parties (i.e. SEIFSA and the trade unions) have accepted their agreement. Of course they have – that`s their agreement! It was “adopted” the minute they agreed! The reason they sent this circular is to give the impression that their agreement has been adopted by the Council (which it has NOT done) and that it can be extended – something that SAEFA and other employers` organisations will not allow. The main agreement is a collective agreement between the employers` organisations and the trade unions which form the metallurgy and mechanical engineering bargaining council.
The agreement provides for comprehensive employment conditions for some 320,000 planned workers (including workers provided by employment agencies) employed in more than 10,000 companies in the sector. “scheduled workers” means employees covered by the technical calendars of the main agreement. If the agreement is published in the Official Journal of government, it becomes legally binding on all employers active in the sector and on workers falling within the scope of the main agreement. Hence the next important question. The existence of the agreement plays an important role in ensuring stability and peace in the sector, mainly for the following reasons: in addition, the main agreement offers employers and workers in the sector the following benefits: MA Negs 2020 SEIFSA and trade unions adopt the main silence agreement the trade unions registered with the Metals and Engineering Bargaining Council (MEIBC), endorsed SEIFSA`s proposal to postpone negotiations for 2020 and extend until 30 June 2021 the terms of the current main agreement for their respective members throughout the country. . . .