|Article Date: 15 November 2010
The CCMA’s successful intervention in the SACCAWU and Pick ‘n Pay dispute brings an end to the country-wide strike. In the course of the strike, there were several interdicts obtained by shopping centre management against the union regarding picketing.
The CCMA was asked to assist in establishing picketing rules for the strike which commenced on 28 October 2010. The strike concerned wages and terms and conditions of employment for full-time and variable time employees throughout South Africa.
On 5 November 2010, Commissioners Winnie Everett and Lehutjo Mello assisted the parties to conclude interim picketing rules, which were established late on Friday night to take effect from Sunday 7 November 2010. At that meeting, the commissioners explored the possibility of settlement of the main dispute and the parties agreed to reconvene on Monday 8 November 2010 to participate in CCMA mediation under section 150 of the Labour Relations Act.
Commissioner Lehutjo Mello succeeded in assisting the parties to resolve the dispute on Tuesday 9 November 2010. The parties entered into a three-year agreement, with R365 across the board (ATB) increase for the first 18 months and a further increase of R400 ATB for the remaining 18 months. The parties also reached agreement on various other terms and conditions, including subsidized meals and uniform allowances. The three-year agreement was important for the employer to give it an opportunity to stabilize in the current difficult economic climate, given recent losses in income and the prospect of increased competition in the retail sector.