On 1 May the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) issued an advisory on their way forward following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CCMA previously issued a directive that
“…suspended all points of referral, requiring face-to-face interaction. It also prohibited walk-ins into any of the CCMA offices, either for the purposes of making enquiries and/or for serving/delivering any processes or documents.
This directive also suspended all discretionary functions, such as training and conferences, as provided for in section 115 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (LRA). There was also the encouragement of alternative means of non – contact referrals, such as email or fax, as contained in Rule 7 of the CCMA Rules.”
As at 1 May 2020,the CCMA first disputes media reports that matters have been struck off the record and explains that certain matters were postponed, and then details the plans being made for a return to physical access.