The union said the 8 percent collective agreement, signed last January, had not been ratified due to the RMI`s deliberate attempts to thwart the operations of the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (Mibco). Schoeman also said Mibco was in the process of convening a general meeting of council members to take a decision on the agreement. Jan Schoeman, chief operating officer of RMI, said RMI supports the important role Mibco has played in regulating employment conditions in the automotive industry. RMI alone cannot ratify the collective agreement, he said. “The RMI finally asked Numsa, by signing the agreement, to avoid further delays,” Schoeman said. “Even in the face of a global pandemic, this employer has shown absolute insensitivity to the value of human life. They do not care at all about the suffering of workers and their families and have done everything to delay the ratification of the agreement and ensure that it is not finally published. Hlubi-Majola said RMI, which represents about 40 percent of the auto industry, had not complied with the 8 percent collective agreement reached in January 2019. Jan Schoeman, CEO of RMI, said, contrary to Numsa`s statement, that the RMI alone could not ratify the collective agreement and that it was initiating a Mibco resolution.
“We demand that the RMI stop playing with workers` lives and ratify the collective agreement at Mibco,” he said. Motor Industry Provident Agreement 43529 of July 2020 R794 It should be noted that we have not received any indication from the Department of Employment and Labor (DoEL) as to the likely date of publication, but we can report that it is very unlikely that this will begin before 01 September 2020. We are aware of the severe financial and economic pressure that many Members, after the long period of the trade lock-down related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying Disaster.As situation, learn that we wish to assure our members that, after its publication, the amended MIBCO main agreement will contain provisions allowing companies in financial difficulty, to request a derogation from the implementation of these increases. The exemption is essentially a certificate issued to an employer when it is authorised according to certain financial criteria and authorises the employer not to implement certain provisions of the agreement, such as. B salary increases and other increases in salary elements. “RMI supports the agreement reached in January 2020 and will ask its members to implement it immediately once it has been ratified by Mibco and published by the Department of Employment and Labor in the government newspaper,” Schoeman said. Members of the provincial National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) went on strike yesterday outside the offices of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) in Parow to demand the urgent ratification of the conciliation agreement on wage increases. This sector represents workers in component companies, service stations and car dealerships and employs approximately 306,000 workers. The settlement agreement signed last week on Friday by a majority of NUMSA regions applies from the date of its publication and extension and expires on August 31, 2022. However, the RMI recommended to its members that the agreement be implemented from 1 December 2019. As a result, Mibco was unable to complete the formalities related to the ratification of the collective agreement. The time limit for requests for exemption shall be thirty days from the date of entry into force of the newly published Agreement.
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