Bargaining councils – what is it and how does it work?
A bargaining council is a body that is established by one or more employers’ organisations and one or more trade unions. It must be registered under the Labour Relations Act for a particular industry. This means that there are restrictions on what kind of dispute specific bargaining councils may hear.
Powers and functions of bargaining councils include:
- making and enforcing collective agreements
- preventing and resolving labour disputes establishing and managing a dispute resolution fund
- promoting and establishing training and education schemes
- establishing and managing schemes or funds to benefit its parties or members
- making and submitting proposals on policies and laws that affect a specific sector or area
Certain bargaining councils have the status to resolve labour disputes in the same way as the CCMA. Therefor, the CCMA does not have jurisdiction to preside over labour disputes in a spesific industry, if an accredited bargaining council exists.
Does an employer have to register with the bargaining council?
Hefty fines can be imposed if an employer fails to comply with the collective agreement of the bargaining council.
What are the benefits of being registered with the bargaining council?
What must employers know?
Contact the LWO at 086 110 1828 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure your business complies with applicable labour legislation.
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