CCMA has new strategy

2015-04-30 16:56

FROM 1 April the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will enter a new phase in the labour market that is set to improve its efficacy with moves that will transform its vision, mission and values, the portfolio committee on labour heard last Wednesday (18/03).

Nerine Kahn, director of the CCMA, was briefing the committee on the organisation’s Senz’umehluko (Making a difference) 2015-’16 to 2019-’20 strategy and annual performance plan for 2015-’16.

“As our current strategy comes to an end this year, we have consulted our stakeholders for input and the new strategy, Senz’umehluko, has been developed.

“This brings in a new vision, mission and values that are in line with the current labour market,” she said. The CCMA’s two goals are to enhance and extend service delivery to transform workplace relations and to advance development and strive for organisational effectiveness.

She said preparations were at an advanced stage in making sure that the organisation was ready to give effect to the strategy.

This includes training of commissioners and public engagement activities such as roadshows and campaigns.

As part of the roll-out strategy to reach the public, a broad-based multi-platformed CCMA national communication campaign will start on 1 April. Kahn said this was part of her organisation’s efforts to make an impact in the labour relations environment.

She said the CCMA had put in place innovative methods regarding workplace conflict and industrial action.

The Department of Labour was represented by Phelel Thengeni, deputy director general for Corporate Services, on behalf of Thobile Lamati who is abroad.

“In the last financial year, the CCMA dealt with 170 673 cases and conducted 43 033 arbitrations with only 45 awards sent to parties late. We intervened in 236 incidents of public interest industrial action and resolved 85,3%,” Kahn said

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