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The Lifespan of a Strike certificate

Does a certificate to strike issued by the CCMA have an indefinite lifespan? This is often the question our members ask, who are constantly reminded by union representatives that they hold a strike certificate and can use it at will. This article aims to address this question and provide clarity on the matter. When a [...]

2022-01-14T10:22:25+02:00January 14th, 2022|Strikes|Comments Off on The Lifespan of a Strike certificate

Collective Bargaining – The Art of Negotiation

Once an employer receives the letter demanding higher wages, an increase in pension fund contributions and an endless number of benefits, the inevitable threat of a strike is looming. The collective bargaining process ensues from here. The trade union and the employer try to negotiate at a plant level to reach an agreement. When the [...]

2021-07-26T09:49:39+02:00July 26th, 2021|Strikes|Comments Off on Collective Bargaining – The Art of Negotiation

Avoiding a strike scenario by concluding a collective agreement

Collective bargaining is the process of negotiations through which a trade union tries to get an employer to formally agree and accept the workplace demands that workers put forward. Workplace demands can include wages, working conditions, union rights, etc. The aim of collective bargaining is to reach an amicable agreement on the workplace demands and [...]

2021-07-19T09:50:35+02:00July 19th, 2021|General, Strikes|Comments Off on Avoiding a strike scenario by concluding a collective agreement

Collective Bargaining – Building an effective relationship with the Trade Union

The right to strike is something that is entrenched in South African legislation, however, parties sometimes fail to consider the negative effects that a strike may have on employers and employees. Thus it is often of benefit to both parties to try to resolve disputes internally before approaching bodies such as the CCMA or Bargaining [...]

2021-07-05T13:25:08+02:00July 5th, 2021|General|Comments Off on Collective Bargaining – Building an effective relationship with the Trade Union

Withholding Pay in Times of Industrial Action

There are a number of options that are available to employers during industrial action, one such option being the employer's right to withhold salaries and wages of those employees who are participating in a strike. Withholding pay, naturally, is the most effective method to dissuade employees from embarking on a strike, after dismissal, of course, [...]

2021-06-14T13:09:06+02:00June 14th, 2021|Strikes|Comments Off on Withholding Pay in Times of Industrial Action

Protest Action in South Africa

The website Wikipedia, when searching the phrase Protest Action in South Africa, starts their synopsis with the following statement: South Africa has been dubbed "the protest capital of the world", with one of the highest rates of public protests in the world. This label is largely attributed to, firstly, widespread service delivery protests and urban land [...]

2021-06-07T13:27:06+02:00June 7th, 2021|Strikes|Comments Off on Protest Action in South Africa

Picketing and picketing rules

What is it? A picket is a demonstration designed to pressure an employer by encouraging the general public to the reason for the strike and to mobilise support for the strikers' cause.   Where does the right come from? The right to picket derives from Section 17 of the Constitution.  This constitutional right can only [...]

2021-05-17T14:53:31+02:00May 17th, 2021|Strikes|Comments Off on Picketing and picketing rules

Protected and Unprotected Strikes

South Africa is no stranger to industrial strike action and has, in the past, seen extremely lengthy strikes such as the 2014 strike where 70 000 AMCU members employed by Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo-American Platinum downed tools for almost five months. Similarly, as a country, we are all too aware of what devastating consequences such [...]

2021-05-10T12:25:04+02:00May 10th, 2021|Strikes|Comments Off on Protected and Unprotected Strikes

It’s time to Strike!

As an employer, the very last words or phrases you want to hear uttered around your business premises are the words strike or go slow. In a country where strikes oft occur for reasons that can vary in nature, many employers are still blissfully unaware of what these words actually entail for the operations of [...]

2021-05-03T10:24:46+02:00May 3rd, 2021|Strikes|Comments Off on It’s time to Strike!

The establishment and determination of picketing rules in terms of the CCMA processes

Amongst the various CCMA processes, the establishment and determination of picketing rules is an important process that employers often do not know enough about. When the term “picketing” is brought up, it is associated with strikes and lockouts – but what is picketing, and why is it important to regulate with rules?   Picketing is [...]

2020-12-17T11:13:20+02:00December 17th, 2020|Strikes|Comments Off on The establishment and determination of picketing rules in terms of the CCMA processes
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