1. APPLICATION CHAMP The terms of this agreement are respected in the municipal enterprise of the Republic of South Africa by all employers and workers within the scope of the SALGBC. 8. MEDICAL AID 8.1 Maintaining the maximum employer contribution 8.1.1 SALGA proposes that the local sector ensure the maximization of workers` “access” to medical assistance by maintaining the current maximum employer contribution rate (R3 871) and the 60/40 principle, in accordance with the main collective agreement. 8.1.2 With effect on 1 July 2016, the employer contribution rate increases by 50 per cent (50) of the annual increase. 8.1.3 Effective July 1, 2017, the employer contribution rate is increased by 25 of the annual increase. 8.1.4 The parties agree to create a medical aid instrument for low-income people. 8.1.5 In addition, the parties are committed to following the national health minister`s current initiative to introduce National Health Insurance (NHI) as it can benefit local community workers. Negotiations on the issue have bogged down and in 2013 the city changed the terms and conditions of staff to comply with the main agreement of the bargaining council. It is indisputable that certain conditions, as set out in the old collective agreements, are more favourable than those set out in the main agreement. The Tribunal found that the primary objective of 197 was to protect workers from job losses and not to “immunize” old collective agreements. For example, a new employer may amend an old collective agreement after the transfer through negotiation with the workers. SaLGBC is based on a voluntary basis, within the meaning of the Industrial Relations Act, in agreement with the Employers` Organisation (SALGA) and the trade unions (IMATU and SAMWU).
This agreement is contained in the Council Constitution (a collective agreement), which is the basic management instrument that governs the relationship between the employers` organisation and the trade union parties, which can be read in conjunction with the Labour Relations Act. 4. OBJECTIVES This agreement is as follows: 4.1 For the general adjustment of wages and increases in the minimum wage for the 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 respectively; 4.2 to provide an appropriate approach to housing low-income workers in local-community medical services, while maintaining current benefits for workers already participating in medical systems; 4.3 provide for the regulation of employer contribution rates to pension funds and define mechanisms for streamlining pension funds; 4.4 to provide for a study of the challenges posed by local government housing and approaches to good practice with regard to the introduction of housing assistance for local community workers. 4.5 Promote the provision of services and goods for all through a “service charter” for the local government sector, in agreement with the parties. One of saLGBC`s core tasks is to manage disputes that have been referred to the Commission. Disputes are conducted at the department and/or central council level.