Trade Union Rights in South Africa: the Labour Relations Act 1995 (Download)

Why trade unions should take inspiration from South Africa’s Labour Relations Act.

Roger Welch | Feb 2020
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Trade Union Rights in South Africa: the Labour Relations Act 1995 is the fourth in a series of Comparative Notes published by the Institute of Employment Rights.

The Labour Relations Act was introduced in South Africa in 1995 and has since helped to transform that country from an apartheid authoritarian state into a multiracial democracy. The LRA has been proclaimed as being amongst the world’s most progressive labour legislation. Its provisions relating to the protection of strikers, entrenchment of organisational rights, disclosure of information, co-determination rights and promotion of collective bargaining go beyond what has been won by workers in Europe and even Scandinavia.

According to the author, British trade unions should look to the provisions of the LRA to inform their argument about the need to bring UK employment law back in line with international standards – standards that have clearly been used to underpin the South African legislation. This publication outlines the main provisions of that legislation and highlights with reference to ILO standards just how inadequate are the current labour laws in the oldest democracy in the world as compared to those in the newest.

A5; 36pp; ISBN 1 873271 74 3; Price


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