Johannesburg - The CCMA should be more closely involved in
negotiations between employers and unions, the Federation of Unions of
SA (Fedusa) said on Thursday.
"We must ensure that our collective bargaining
processes are modernised and that the Commission for Conciliation,
Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) plays a more pro-active role," said
Fedusa general secretary Dennis George.
The CCMA should get involved in the negotiating processes at an earlier stage and not only once parties had reached a deadlock.
This would help prevent violence and property damage during strike action.
"Unfortunately, the negotiation process between
employer and employees in this country is often a slow, protracted and
reactionary process," George said.
Trade unions should also ensure that their "noble
struggle" was not tarnished by the unlawful actions of striking members,
and that the rights of others were respected.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an
appeal by Fedusa union against a Western Cape High Court ruling which
found it liable for damages caused during a planned march.
"This ruling has highlighted what we are already doing
in terms of taking reasonable steps, under the circumstances, to prevent
foreseeable damage or injury," George said.
Fedusa members would continue to exercise their
constitutional right to strike, but would do so "in line with
legislation and protected strike action protocol".