All employers have two goals: to make a profit and be sustainable. Employers should therefore regularly evaluate all factors that can have an influence on the long term success of the business in order to create a cost effective environment enabling the business to stay competitive within the market. In the current economic climate, many employers struggle and consider different options to adjust to a changing environment.
An option is to amend the terms and conditions of employment as agreed upon in the employment contract. Employers should note that if these changes are made unilaterally (one sided), the employee can refer the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). This can result in preventing changes to the terms and conditions of employment and restoring the original terms and conditions as agreed upon. Read more