CCMA lays down rules for picketing

PICKETING rules have been imposed on striking municipal workers, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration said yesterday.

PICKETING rules have been imposed on striking municipal workers, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration said yesterday.

"Employer and trade unions involved in the municipal workers' strike asked the CCMA to facilitate picketing rules," said CCMA director Nerine Kahn.

She said the CCMA had not been involved in the wage dispute as parties were meant to bargain in their bargaining council.

"But bargaining councils are not permitted in terms of the law to facilitate picketing rules. She said parties usually tried to agree on rules.

But it appeared all parties had not signed on to the rules by cut-off time, which meant the commission now used its legal authority to impose the rules.

Kahn said the rules, which would be in place from Wednesday, would deal with various codes of conduct and regulations.

"It deals with where they are allowed to picket where they can stand," Kahn said.

Conduct must be peaceful and strikers will not be allowed to interfere with members of the public, - Sapa

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