Carol Paton’s article on the medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) refers (“Police and education the biggest losers to fund SAA”, October 28).

The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is a vital cog in labour relations in SA, but it has been struggling under the heavy burden of thousands of disputes referred to it during the lockdown.

Prior to the lockdown, the CCMA had called for an increased budget allocation so it can manage its vital role in industrial relations in SA. Without the CCMA and its ability to enforce labour legal rights our labour laws are meaningless.

As it is, the need to keep funding state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and, in particular, Eskom and SAA, has meant the government spending less and less money on enforcing workers’ rights in recent years.

Yet the CCMA is set to lose another R40m to directly fund the white elephant known as SAA.

Michael Bagraim, MP
DA labour spokesperson

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