STILL NO SETTLEMENT
RFA(RFEA) MEMBERS TAKE NOTE
- After yet another two days of discussions, with the assistance of the CCMA, the Minister of Labour and two delegated officials from the Minister’s office, talks have again failed to deliver a settlement this afternoon.
- The Unions keep shifting the goal post. We have attempted a number of scenarios in an attempt to meet their negotiation team’s 18% over a 2-year period as communicated to us on Sunday, even by attempting a 3-year deal.
- Late last night the Facilitator presented the parties with a proposed settlement, which parties at the time agreed to sell to their constituencies. This afternoon the Unions responded that they once again do not accept the DOL & CCMA co-facilitated deal, which met their demand of 18% in the first two years, plus an additional 3rd year included the cycle, resulting in a 3-year agreement.
- Whilst we are aware that the strike is affecting members, industry and the country from both a violence and economical perspective, the RFEA cannot responsibly consider these types of demands and bad-faith bargaining any longer. This is the third time that the unions have rejected an offer that they had indicated beforehand would be acceptable.
- We therefore urge members to remain unified. We understand the current extremely adverse circumstances; however the adverse effects will be amplified in the medium and longer term if we succumb to an unaffordable short term solution.
- No further meetings with the unions have been scheduled at this stage. The RFEA however will be meeting tomorrow to strategise on the way forward and advise members accordingly.