how to prepare for a CCMA hearing

Need to prepare for a hearing at the CCMA? Here's a guide for first-timers attending a conciliation-arbitration hearing to walk you through all the steps.

While employees must beware of misusing the dispute resolution process employers
need to exercise caution as well. Employers must not become complacent
even when they feel sure that the employee?s allegations are false.

The process of Con-Arb (conciliation and arbitration) is often used at the CCMA when dealing with labour disputes, explains Ivan Israelstem. The objective of con-arb is to cut down drastically the time period between conciliation and arbitration, and may also have the effect of forcing the parties to make every effort to settle the matter at conciliation.

Employers and members of the public must to be on the look-out for conmen pretending to be Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) officials.
This warning comes from the Free State Department of Labour, following a complaint by a Welkom employer who claimed to have fallen prey to the bogus officials.

The Director for the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA),
Nerine Khan, has stated that her organisation has mooted a new turnaround strategy aimed at improving service delivery of the system by 2010.

New head of the CCMA, Nerine Khan, believes that employers are taking advantage of loopholes in regulations which make things much harder for employees who are arguing their cases before the concilliation body.

Compensation Fund Commissioner Bongiwe Ncube was dismissed by the Department of Labour because of her inability to deal with the serious backlog in the fund's affairs. She turned to the CCMA for help, but didn't get any.

Despite having won labour disputes against their employers at the CCMA, thousands of unfairly dismissed employees were in serious financial woes as their bosses refused to pay up. CCMA Acting Director presented these problems to the parliamentary portfolio committee.

Labour Minister, Membathisi Mdladlana said the opening of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration offices in Pretoria, was a clear indication of government's commitment to bringing services closer to the people.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has confirmed to the public that the services of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) are free to anyone who wishes to use them.


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