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CCMABL Premium reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has taken steps to cut costs by suspending the services of 40% of commissioners and closing its doors to walk-ins from the public.  

The changes are in response to severe budget cuts made in the June supplementary budget and the October medium-term budget policy statement, and to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has ignited safety fears among staff, who put pressure on management to stop walk-in clients.  But, the demand for dispute resolution services is soaring due to a sharp rise in dismissals and retrenchments.  An estimated 1.7-million jobs have been lost over the covid-19 lockdown, with the economy projected to contract by 7.8% over 2020.  The CCMA acknowledges that the changes have the potential to bring services to a halt and severely undermine dispute resolution and the access of the most vulnerable to the commission’s services.  CCMA director Cameron Morajane briefed MPs on the commission’s annual report on Wednesday.  Since February, the CCMA’s budget of R1bn has been cut by R99m, with steeper cuts pencilled in of R170m and R231m for the following two years of the medium-term expenditure framework.  Morajane said that should all these cuts go ahead, "it will be the end of the CCMA".  He added:  “Our staff are under tremendous pressure and are highly stressed.  We are almost at breaking point."  Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the labour federation had raised the problem in parliament and would be raising it at Nedlac.  It would also request an urgent meeting with the Treasury.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Carol Paton at BusinessLive (paywall access only)
  • Read too, Financial constraints compel the CCMA to review operations and reprioritise spending, at Engineering News

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