With a membership of 7,500, the RMI provides an effective collective voice that gives members considerable clout in negotiating better trading conditions.
As the lead voice in the motor industry, the RMI is a member-driven organisation that constantly seeks solutions to concerns raised by members in the day-to-day running of their businesses.
Members' needs are serviced through six regional offices, manned by 83 professional staff.
- The RMI is the recognised, collective and respected voice of the Motor Industry. It is an old Institution, respected by both Labour and Government;
- The RMI is one of the Parties to the Motor Industry Bargaining Council;
- The RMI and NUMSA are signatories to the SICK and ACCIDENT FUND. Only employees of RMI members and NUMSA members can belong to the SAF;
- The RMI and elected office bearers protect member’s interests at Collective Bargaining through a national mandating process;
- The RMI is a member of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). BUSA is one of the social partners at NEDLAC (The National Economic Development and Labour Council). This forum is obliged to consider all significant changes to legislation and social policy;
- The RMI, as the lead voice of Industry, have direct access to Government;
- RMI represents Industry on Motor Health Care and MIFA (Pension and Provident Fund);
- Through providing operational infrastructure, the RMI facilitates the relationship among the 14 Associations of the RMI;
- The RMI represents members on the MerSETA structures as the official employer stakeholder;
- The RMI provides IR services to the members at a discounted rate and have the specialist knowledge of the sectors to represent members at the DRC (Dispute Resolution Center) MIBCO;
- The RMI representatives intervene and negotiate on behalf of members at the MIBCO Regional Council on matters of arrear contributions and non-compliance with the Main Agreement;
- If one does not belong to the RMI, the benefit of having a collective voice and access to the formal structures of business, government and value added services (e.g. the significantly discounted bank card charges with the EEC Nedbank terminal) would be lost.