Significance of the Labour Court ruling on CCMA rules of representation
The Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO), Black Sash, the Maokeng Advice and Resource Centre and Ntombi Dladla took the Commission for Conciliation and Arbitration (CCMA) to the Labour Court on the 20 September 2016 to challenge CCMA’s rules on representation. They argued that the rule disadvantages many workers who do not belong to trade unions and who cannot afford to pay a lawyer. The rule in question, rule 25, states that only an office bearer, official or member of a registered trade union or a legal representative may represent workers at the CCMA. They wanted the Labour Court to change the rule to allow workers to be represented by advice offices, fellow workers and fellow parties to dispute so as to ensure fairness.