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In order for workers who do not report employment to be protected, the union must have announced the protest action at least 14 days in advance. Therefore, any absence is not protected today to participate in the protest action. The interior of the country on 7 October 2020 will be protected, and workers who participate in it will be protected with respect to their absence from work. The principle of non-work applies. The amended BCEA regulations, as published on 22 January 2020, my Negs 2020 SEIFSA and the unions adopt the 2020 stand-still main-stand agreement has been a nightmare for most companies. As a national disaster state was announced just days before a national blockade was put in place, employers had to work to take steps to protect workers who had an impact on their annual leave balance sheets. At the same time, many companies have suffered terrible financial losses as a result of the blockage, and the prospect of a period without income and a huge payroll in December is incredibly frightening. Many of you will have seen SEIFSA (below) send propaganda about accepting its agreement with the unions. It is regrettable (although not surprising) that SEIFSA is once again extremely liberal with the truth in this circular. In sections 31 and 32 of the LRA, the agreement must be adopted as an agreement of a negotiating council for an agreement to be renewed. At the Manco on 1 September 2020, SEIFSA and the trade unions proposed that their agreement be formally adopted by the MEIBC. That is not what happened.

Indeed, the President of the MEIBC did not even allow the matter to be put to a vote, because the negotiations that preceded the signing of his agreement were not in accordance with the Meibc constitution. If you look very closely, you will see that the letter never says that the agreement was accepted as a Council agreement (as I explained, an application to renew the LRA). It indicates that the parties (i.e. SEIFSA and the unions) have agreed. Of course, they have it — that is their consent! It was „accepted” when they agreed! The reason they sent this circular is to give the impression that their agreement has been adopted by the Council (which it does not have) and that it can be extended – something that SAEFA and other employers` organisations will not allow. Consolidated Directorate of COVID-19 Declared – 13 October 2020 Covid-19 Temporary Programme for Burden Relief for Workers and Employers: published on 08 October 2020. April 2020 Trade unions registered with the Metallurgical and Mechanical Negotiation Council (MEIBC) have pledged to take up SEIFSA`s proposal to postpone negotiations until 2020 and extend the terms of the current main agreement until 30 June 2021 to their respective members across the country.