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CCMA at the coalface of delivery
Fri, 28 Jan 2005 09:00
Labour Minister, Membathisi Mdladlana said the opening of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) offices in Pretoria, was a clear indication of government's commitment to bringing services closer to the people.
He also emphasised that the organisation was at the coalface of delivery on the vision contained within the constitution of both workers and employers' rights to fair labour practices.
"The CCMA manages an average of 86 000 dispute referrals per annum, and has had 700 000 disputes referred to it since its inception. On average, 509 cases are referred to the CCMA daily, and commissioners handle four conciliations or two arbitrations per day.
"A total of 97% of all jurisdictional cases are scheduled within 30 days, and on average conciliation takes 38 days, while arbitrations take 87 days, a marked improvement from the previous government," he said.
He also said that the CCMA was settling 70% of cases by conciliation, and has various other discretionary functions such as providing technical support to new dispute settlement institutions in a number of SADC countries.
The Minister added that the CCMA provides subsidies, support and assistance to 54 bargaining councils, as well as training to stakeholders with the view to ensuring effective dispute management at the workplace.
Department of Labour