Temporary Employment Services and Organisational Rights

Temporary Employment Services (TES) have become increasingly popular in South Africa due to their flexibility and cost-effectiveness. However, due to their unique nature, governing legislation such as the Labour Relations Act as well as [...]

You Cannot Defy Your Constitution! Or Can You?

A Trade Union’s Constitution is like a rule book from which the Trade Union is governed. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a “Constitution” as “A body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to [...]

  • CCMA Process

Why am I being asked to settle my CCMA case?

As an Employer in South Africa, you may have received a call from an Official requesting your mandate to settle a dispute referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA). This can [...]

  • What happens when parties reach a deadlock at a National Level?

We’ve Reached a Deadlock. Now What?

When parties cannot reach an amicable agreement or solution, a "deadlock" occurs. Before parties accept that a deadlock has been reached, they should consider the possible consequences. If parties cannot resolve the dispute through [...]

  • Collective Bargaining in South Africa

The role of Collective Bargaining in South Africa

Historically, there has always been unequal bargaining power between Employers and Employees. Employers are seen as having greater authority in the workplace, and the rights as conferred in the Labour Relations Act (LRA) are necessary [...]

  • Plant-Level Negotiations

Plant-Level Negotiations

What process should be followed when it comes to Plant-Level Negotiations? Plant-level negotiations can best be described as formal discussions between Employers and Employees who have different aims or intentions, particularly in the workplace, during [...]