The Director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has announced that the CCMA’s offices, nationally, will be open and operational from 18 May 2020.
While members of the public will only be able to access any of the CCMA’s offices from Wednesday, 20 May 2020, they will now be permitted to submit physical copies of completed referral documents.
Cases will be heard subject to strict conditions which include the following:
- It is only in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations and Directives that the CCMA may convene physical hearings at one or more of its premises or at a venue agreed to by the Parties and the CCMA in writing.
- Anyone seeking access into the CCMA buildings or the designated other venue to be utilised for a hearing, must submit to compulsory screening, must wear a face mask, must apply hand sanitizer, and must adhere to applicable social distancing rules.
- Only Parties who do not exceed ten (10) in number, subject to the size of the venue, taking into consideration the compulsory social distancing rule, and their Representative shall enter the CCMA buildings or designated other venues.
It remains to be seen whether the Bargaining Councils will follow suit.
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