Presentation on theme: "INDUCTION PROGRAMME Employee Eskom"— Presentation transcript:
1Employee Relations @ Eskom INDUCTION PROGRAMMEEmployee Eskom“Sound employee relations in the work place is our business.”
2Industrial Relations System @ Eskom Both Eskom and the trade unions have willingly accepted the formidable challenge to bring about the desired change. Above all, the change can only come about if both parties build a culture based on trust, openness, and understanding of each other’s position.Eskom acknowledges that its employees have the right, inter alia, to organise, to associate and to bargain collectively.Eskom believes in and values the participation of its employee and trade unions in the management of sound employee relations.
3Industrial Relations System @ Eskom Both Eskom and the trade unions have willingly accepted the formidable challenge to bring about the desired change. Above all, the change can only come about if both parties build a culture based on trust, openness, and understanding of each other’s position.Eskom acknowledges that its employees have the right, inter alia, to organise, to associate and to bargain collectively.Eskom believes in and values the participation of its employee and trade unions in the management of sound employee relations.
4Eskom’s Main Agreements The following main agreements between Eskom and the Trade Unions exist:Recognition AgreementDisciplinary ProcedureGrievance ProcedureEskom’s Conditions of ServiceAgency ShopFull Time Shop StewardsEskom and the Trade Unions enter into a wide variety of separate procedural and substantive agreements from time to time, in order to regulate specific matters of mutual concern, including local business unit agreements.
5Eskom’s Recognition Agreement Purpose:Regulates relationship between Eskom and Trade UnionsFormalizes collective bargaining and regulates conflict in the work situationEskom/Trade Unions commit themselves to:Co-operate - mutual respectPromote sound ERPrevent labour unrestOrderly settlement of disputes within the framework of agreement
6Recognition Agreement cont. Examples of ProvisionsParticipative structuresMechanisms for dispute settlementRoles and rights of shop stewards (including Full-time Shop stewards)Meetings on Eskom Premises
7Recognised trade unions in Eskom (3) SolidarityNational Union of Metalworkers of SA (NUMSA)National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)Who forms part of the Bargaining Unit?All Task level employees in Eskom(NB! Excludes M, P, S and E bands / Task level 14-23)
8Structures: Strategic Forum (SF) Central Bargaining Forum (CBF) The SF is where high‑level strategic issues and issues of principle are debated.This is an information‑sharing forum and no negotiations or discussions on operationalissues take place.Senior representatives from all parties attend this forum.Central Bargaining Forum (CBF)The CBF is the forum where matters such as annual salary increases, conditions of Services and trade union organisational rights are negotiated.Central Consultative Forum (CCF)The CCF is a forum for all national consultations and sharing of information, all matters that have an Eskom-wide impact will be dealt with at this forum.
9Structures cont: National Divisional Forum (NDF) The NDF is the forum for all National Divisional consultations and sharing of information. All matters that have a divisional-wide impact and fall within the decision-making powers of the MD concerned will be dealt with at this forum.Business Unit Forum (BUF)It’s a consultative structure at Business Unit level consisting of PTSS and Management of that Business Unit. This structure deals with matters affecting the Bargaining Unit.
10Dispute settling Mechanism (DSM) All disputes that arise from negotiations in the CBF and disputed related to the interpretation and/or application of collective agreements will be resolved by appointing a private independent organisation.For all other disputes outside the CBF, whether individual or collective, the parties who declare a dispute may select either a private agency or referral to the CCMA.If the applicant/party chooses the private agency route, they have to pay 50% of the cost of proceedings.
11Agency Shop AgreementThe Agency Shop Agreement requires that Eskom deducts an agency fee from the salaries of all those employees from Task level 4 to 13 who are not members of the trade unions recognised by Eskom. If an employee is a member of a trade union that is not recognised by Eskom, he/she also has to pay the agency fee.The agency fee deducted by Eskom will be the same as the lowest subscription paid by the members of the trade unions.
12Eskom Disciplinary Code and Procedure Scope: Applies to all Eskom - employeesEskom considers the maintenance of discipline to be of paramount importance and expects every employee to act correctly and irreproachably. Eskom undertakes, however, to ensure that every employee shall at all times be treated decently and fairly.
13Eskom’s Grievance Procedure Definition of a Grievance“Any dissatisfaction or feeling of injustice arising out of the employment relationship which has not been resolved in the normal course of events”.The definition of a grievance covers both “grievances of right” and “grievances of interest”. A “grievance of right” applies when the employee claims that Eskom has not given him what is rightfully his, or Eskom has not respected a right, which he has. A “grievance of interest” applies when an employee has no claim in law against Eskom but he feels that he has been unfairly treated.PurposeTo provide a formal channel to enable employees to bring to Management’s attention their dissatisfaction with a particular issue/decision/person - which obliges Management to respond.
14Disciplinary sanctions 6 months written warning12 months final written warningSuspension without pay minimum 7 days and maximum 14 daysDismissal
15Disciplinary Processes Disciplinary enquiry-chaired by manager/supervisorDisciplinary hearing- internal chairpersonPre-dismissal arbitration- commissionerAppealSuspension with pay pending investigationDispute