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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Facilitate a mass retrenchment process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
337079  Facilitate a mass retrenchment process 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Labour Relations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Human Resources 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner credited with this Unit Standard is able to deal with the major problem facing stable labour relations, namely large scale retrenchments by organisations. It will enable the learner to facilitate a mass retrenchment process.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of and apply the requirements for the issuing of a notice of intention to dismiss.
  • Preparing for facilitation meetings.
  • Conducting facilitation meetings.
  • Completing the facilitation meetings. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 5 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Mass (large scale) retrenchments refer to dismissals based on operational requirements by organisations with more than 50 employees. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of and apply the requirements for the issuing of a notice of intention to dismiss. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements that have to be met and the relevant information that has to be supplied when issuing a notice of intention to dismiss are understood and examples of such notices are reviewed to assess their degree of compliance with the requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant information required may include but is not limited to:
  • Reasons, alternatives, number of employees affected, selection criteria, timing, proposed severance pay, employee assistance programme, number of employees and number of employees previously dismissed.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A request for a mass dismissal and for the issuing of a notice of intention to dismiss is reviewed for correctness and completeness in terms of the legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the reasons (rationale) for the formal request for facilitation for a mass retrenchment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reasons may include but are not limited to:
  • Technical, economic, structural or similar.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A request for the disclosure of relevant information is made to enable the parties to be in a position to consult constructively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A notice of intention to dismiss is drawn up in compliance with relevant requirements and legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for facilitation meetings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The referral for facilitation is reviewed to ensure an accurate assessment and understanding of the problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Parties are consulted to set up the first meeting in the facilitation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of acting with initiative, speed and urgency are explained with examples of the consequences. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct facilitation meetings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The objectives of the facilitation meetings are developed and communicated to the parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is provided as to the purpose of the employer party preparing the framework document for discussion at the meetings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The process to be followed at the meetings is explained in terms of its impact on the outcomes of the meetings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Meetings are conducted in a manner that facilitates constructive exchange of information between the parties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An explanation is given of the alternatives to retrenchment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Alternatives may include but is not limited to:
  • Job retention measures, social responsibility plan, re-employment agreement, bumping, transfers and re-training.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Media and technology are utilised where appropriate and in ways that promotes the purpose of the meeting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences of not developing a culture of consultation and consensus during the facilitation process are explained with examples of possible outcomes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the facilitation meetings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of the course of action to be taken once facilitation meetings are concluded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Records of meeting decisions and outcomes are evaluated and validated as accurate, relevant and complete. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The administrative tasks are completed after the conclusion of consultation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The process of arranging and conducting the meetings is evaluated in terms of successes and failures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through Recognition of Prior Learning) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Communication skills.
  • Mediation skills.
  • Knowledge of retrenchment legislation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems that emerge in the meeting by displaying responsible decision making and fairness. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others to ensure that the outcomes of the meeting are achieved through participation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in preparation for and during a meeting. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in preparation of a meeting and for making decisions which may impact on the outcomes of the meetings. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using visual and oral communication and in a manner that facilitates constructive exchange of information between the parties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology in the recording and reporting of meeting outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the poor facilitation of the meeting may result in poor decisions being made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts when facilitating a meeting. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  74570   National Certificate: Labour Relations Practice  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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