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The MEIBC is a statutory body created under the Labour Relations Act LRA to provide for the co-regulation of stable and productive employment relations in the metal and engineering industries.
The MEIBC is able to negotiate with the company to settle all disputes on behalf of the employees. In this regard the MEIBC has strong powers and can "force" the company to sign an agreement otherwise the workers might strike.
If the MEIBC wants to force the company to agree to a time frame for paying off the arrears - that's good advice.
There should be nothing to stop the company from agreeing. If the company doesn't agree, then the MEIBC must discuss the consequences with the employees - which might be to down tools and strike.
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