By Stephen Khola As the electrical industry knows, the parties of the National Bargaining Council for the Electrical Industry of South Africa (NBCEISA), […] `Referee: … The applicant and the respondent will decide for themselves whether this amount of R6,000 was actually paid to the electrical industry and whether it was received by the electrical industry. The indication is that if this amount had been paid to the electrical industry within 60 days, the employer would not be liable for the worker`s funeral and death benefits and, if it had not been received within the additional 60 days, they would have been responsible for the death and funeral services. I will now give Mr. Mabello the opportunity to comment on this matter and Mr. Lewis will naturally object to what he has said and Mr. Mabello will have the right to respond to it and an arbitral award will be issued within 14 days. Just to indicate that the worker or the plaintiff had stated in this case that they did not have documents, that they were documents, whatever the record, is that true, Mr. Mabello? ARBITRES: So if we can only confirm that the subject that was then cut off from the disc in our discussions is that in fact, if R6000.00 was paid to the Council and received by the Council which, in fact, would remove the responsibility of the employer or indicate, is that true, Mr. Mabello? “In case: If a worker is not entitled to death benefits, disability and/or funeral assistance in the form of pension agreements and/or pension funds because the employer has not contributed because of the worker`s affiliation, the employer is required to pay the beneficiary an amount equal to the death, disability and burial benefits that would be paid to the worker in accordance with the rules of the applicable fund if the contributions had been made by the employer.” [4] The relationship between the applicant and the opponent of the first appeal is the result of the main collective agreement[2] (main contract), which requires each employer operating in the electrical industry to register for the first complaint within a specified period of time and to pay certain taxes and contributions to the opponent of the first recourse with respect to its workers.