DEL & CCMA resolve distribution centre industrial action during lockdown

By sylviahammond, 27 March, 2020

Minister Nxesi from the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) and Director Marajane of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) intervened on 26th March 2020 in a dispute at the Pick 'n Pay Longmeadow Distribution Centre.

Prior to the dispute, the employer and union representatives had reached an "in principle agreement", which was unfortunately not concluded as the workers rejected the proposal, and continued on a work stoppage.

The employer then dismissed the workers for embarking upon an illegal work stoppage. The Minister and the Director intervened by addressing the workers, to explain the importance of their role in the national interest, to support the government in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure that no jobs were lost.

After "constructive deliberations" the following agreement was reached: the employer acknowledged the right of the workers to return to work; the workers agreed to return, and understood the implications of an illegal work stoppage during the lockdown period; and the parties agreed to "explore further relationship building initiatives".

President Ramaphosa was informed, given the national importance of the matter, and the settlement applies to all distribution centres, nationally.

For further details, please see the DEL website on the following URL:


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