Most Recent Publications

Breaking News



A new dawn for industrial action in South Africa

by Aadil Patel, Director, Thabang Rapuleng, Director and Andile Khumalo, Employment Law, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

 

Rampant strike violence has necessitated that social partners develop some sort of guideline in order to deal with collective bargaining and industrial action. Employers and employees alike try to rely on our courts to regulate strikes and collective bargaining to no avail. Court orders were sometimes ignored.

 

Having regard to the above, an Accord on Collective Bargaining and Industrial Action (Accord) was published simultaneously with the National Minimum Wage agreement. Clause 7 of the Accord states as follows:

 

“All parties to this Accord commit:

 

  1. In the case of violence, intimidation, and the threat of harm to person or property associated with industrial action, to build capacity; expedite processes and assign sufficient and senior staff to the resolution of issues.”

 

The Accord is thus an undertaking by all relevant role players to desist from violence, intimidation and the like. The Accord requires the South African Police Service to act in a manner where they are able to quell the violence. Consequently, the South African Police Service would have to empower and staff their ranks so as to assist in monitoring and quelling violence that may erupt during industrial action. Private security industries too will have to upskill themselves so as to implement the code of good practice (code) in a manner which enhances the objectives of the code. A new dawn has thus arisen in South Africa where all parties understand that violence and intimidation do not resolve issues. This is particularly important having regard to the most recent settlement between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Good Hope Construction where NUM was required to pay an amount of R1.5 million to an employer for damages caused during industrial action.

 

For more information please contact Aadil Patel at or Thabang Rapuleng at

Article published with the kind courtesy of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com

 

 

 

 

Courses and Workshops

 

                                         

 

Workplace Discipline and Dismissal

24 April 2019

Protea Hotel: Tyger Valley: Cape Town

26 April 2019

Southern Sun: Elangeni: Durban

Workshop Chairing Disciplinary Hearings

25 & 26 April 2019

Tsogo Sun: Century City (Canal Walk): Cape Town

Workshop Policies and Procedures

26 April 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

30 May 2019

Southern Sun: Elangeni: Durban

Basic Labour Relations

17 May 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

07 June 2019

Protea Hotel By Marriott Tyger Valley: Cape Town

Health and Safety Representative Course

23 May 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

30 May 2019

Tsogo Sun: Century City (Canal Walk): Cape Town

The OHS Act and the Responsibilities of Management

24 May 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

31 May 2019

Tsogo Sun: Century City (Canal Walk): Cape Town

Trade unions in the workplace

31 May 2019

Southern Sun: Elangeni: Durban

14 June 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

Employment Equity Committee Training

31 May 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Course

07 June 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

27 June 2019

Southern Sun: Elangeni:Durban

How to prepare for your unfair dismissal dispute/case at the CCMA/Bargaining Council

13 & 14 June 2019

Emperors Palace: Convention Centre

20 & 21 June 2019

Tsogo Sun: Century City (Canal Walk): Cape Town

 

 

 Our Clients