At the same time, fairness to employers must also be respected. While the provision of the main agreement applies to all employers, who fall within the scope of the main agreement in the metallurgical and mechanical engineering sector, any extension of the main agreement must ensure that parties, including bipartisan employers who may not have complied with the provisions of the 2011 or 2014 main agreement, have effective and effective access to emergency procedures that take into account their difficulties and that their requests for exemptions are granted through the granting of necessary exemption permits to minimize the unnecessary loss of necessary jobs. www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/gazettal-of-metals-and-engineering-industries-main-agreement-mettles-along-2018-01-23 Considering the size of the industry and its players, as well as the potential for a wage gap, equity requires that all workers covered by the technical schedules set out in the main agreement receive the same benefits and the same safeguards, regardless of the employee. The extension remains a matter of controversy, as the National Employers` Association of South Africa (NEASA) alludes to possible disputes to challenge the legality of the extension, mainly for procedural reasons, as in the main agreements of 2011 and 2014. Lucio Trentini, director of Steel and Engineering Industries Federal of Southern Africa (SIEFSA), said the parties are required to follow a fair and transparent trial to ensure that any covetousness and extension is subject to judicial review. The main contract is a collective agreement between employers` organisations and trade unions, which form the Council of Metallurgical and Mechanical Industries. The agreement provides for extended terms and conditions of employment for approximately 320,000 planned workers (including workers provided by employment agencies) who are employed in more than 10,000 companies in the sector. “planned workforce,” staff who are covered by the technical schedules of the main agreement. The main contract manual is very important for all employers in the metallurgical and mechanical engineering sector, and not just for those who are members of SEIFSA-affiliated associations.