Nehawu in Nelson Mandela Bay accuses CCMA commissioners of bias

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A handful of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members in Nelson Mandela Bay have picketed outside the CCMA offices in Gqeberha. The union is accusing the CCMA commissioners of bias.

Nehawu says in most cases, the CCMA rules against labour unions. The union handed over a memorandum with a list of grievances and gave the CCMA seven days to reply to the memorandum.

Nehawu Regional Chairperson Sandile Mpepo says sometimes labour unions are frustrated by protracted postponements at the CCMA.

The Provincial Senior Commissioner of the CCMA, Mandy Coetzee, accepted the memorandum and says the commission will reply to the memorandum within seven days.

“Most of the Commissioners from the CCMA are on the payroll of many employers. Because they’re on the payroll of many employers we find that when they must handle matters between employer and workers, there is a line that should not be crossed. But as a result we have seen that there is a lot of favouritism to employers when dealing with work related, matters it at CCMA,” says Provincial Senior Commissioner of the CCMA Mandy Coetzee.