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Panellist Profile


Grahame Matthewson

Qualifications
TTHD (JCE, NOW WITS EDUCATION FACULTY)
CPIR (WITS BUSINESS SCHOOL)

Panels:
Employment
  • Arbitration
  • Disciplinary Enquiry
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation
  • Training
Profile:

Grahame is a part time senior commissioner in the CCMA where he specializes in mediating interests and rights based disputes. In addition he consults privately through the Decent Work Connection (DWC), a specialist consultancy promoting integrated business and human resources strategies, which he established in 2009.

He has considerable experience in facilitating workplace transformation initiatives and processes; conducting investigations and chairing hearings; facilitating wage negotiations; developing training materials and conducting capacity building interventions.

Most recently he has under the aegis of the CCMA and in collaboration with the ILO, facilitated discussions that have led to the conclusion of the country’s first Sector Decent Work Programme. The template established in this intervention is being considered for similar such interventions locally and internationally.

From 2001 to 2008 he was the ILO’s Chief Technical Advisor to projects in Nigeria and six SADC countries. The projects focused on reviewing national legislation; promoting legal compliance; building effective dispute settlement processes; and developing strategies and policies for collaborative labour relations. He remains involved with the ILO and has been contracted on numerous occasions to conduct work on their behalf internationally.

Prior to joining the ILO he held numerous senior human resources positions and was actively involved in national and sectoral negotiations in NEDLAC, the CCMA and the chemicals industry. He was instrumental in establishing the Thokoza Peace Committee prior to the adoption of the National Accord and was directly involved in mediating disputes between political parties and community organisations and facilitating a local peace accord.

He has presented papers at numerous Universities, Business Schools and international conferences.

Grahame is based in Johannesburg and Cape Town.