We have received numerous enquiries by our members, who are concerned as they did not receive their annual increase effective from 1st September 2019.
It should be noted that the MIBCO Main Collective Agreement has lapsed on the 31st of August 2019. In essence, this means that there is no Agreement that regulates guaranteed annual increases currently
The MIBCO Main Collective Agreement regulated the guaranteed annual increases that an Employer should give to their respective employees. As a result of the expiration of this agreement; an Employer in terms of this agreement can no longer be forced to give such increase until such time that an agreement is reached, signed by the parties, signed by the minister, Gazetted and officially put into law (Promulgated.)
This is however not the end of the road for Employees. An Employee should peruse his contract of employment to ensure if the Employer can be contractually forced to give an annual increase. If the Contract of Employment is silent on an increase nothing stops the Employee from approaching management to negotiate an increase.
The Parties to the MIBCO council is currently in negotiations to reach a new Agreement. MISA will keep all members up to date on the progress of such negotiations.
In a Nutshell: In the absence of a signed MIBCO Main Collective Agreement that prescribes a percentage/monetary increase, the employer cannot be forced to give increases in terms of a statutory provision.
If you have any queries regarding your annual increase please contact MISA, We are only a phone call away!