CCMABL Premium reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) says it will no longer be able to operate at full capacity as a result of its upcoming R617m budget cut.  

The government has had to cut the budgets of 41 departments to raise the R10.5bn that SA Airways (SAA) needs to implement its business rescue plan.  The budget cuts are also aimed at supporting the state's decision to extend the Covid-19 relief grant expected to cost the economy R6bn.  CCMA director Cameron Morajane told labour federation Cosatu’s collective bargaining conference last week that the commission's finances were so dire that it had resolved to stop doing conciliation and would instead go straight to arbitration.  The commission has also stopped hosting its CCMA labour conference, and the shop-stewards and union officials conference, both previously held annually.  Those requesting training from the commission will need to pay for it.  The cut will also affect the CCMA’s ability to help staff being retrenched by employers.  Zingiswa Losi, president of Cosatu commented:   “We need to defend the CCMA. The butchering of its budget by the Treasury must be halted.”

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