CCMASowetan reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has seen an increase in cases since the passing of the National Minimum Wage Act.  

Speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the commission’s five-year strategy‚ CCMA director Cameron Morajane said they had received a total of 184,000 cases since January.  Of those‚ 28,676 were minimum wage disputes.  “Before the minimum wage came to law last year‚ we had a normal rate of growth of our cases. When the minimum wage started‚ we had anticipated a 10% increase on our caseload – but it tripled. We can call it an exception‚ with the addition of the minimum wage‚” Morajane stated.  He advised that additional to the CCMA’s workload were also pay disputes in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and explained further as follows:  “This means that the normal cases that would ordinarily be dealt with by the department of employment and labour‚ we are doing them.”  With the launch of the five year strategy called Imvuselelo (revival)‚ Morajane said the CCMA would continue to work towards fewer job losses.  He said the 2015/16-2019/20 Senz’umehluko (making a difference) strategy had made a “meaningful” impact in the labour market:  “Based on figures linked to actual referrals‚ of the 237,531 employees facing retrenchments in [section] 189A‚ large scale retrenchment over the period‚ 96,730 had their jobs saved,” he reported.

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