Collective bargaining losing its potency


“Strength in numbers” has always been the potent tool which put the apartheid regime under pressure to give in to the majority’s demands for al all inclusive political dispensation. However, markedly, the system is weakening.
Tell tale signs of the collapse of collective bargaining include Settlement agreements take longer to conclude, strike action has increased, shop floor labour relations have weakened and, in some instances, over and above confidence in trade unions. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned these issues in his speech during the labour relations indaba in Johannesburg.
The meeting’s agenda included the implementations of a national minimum wage and income inequality and the causes of the country’s prevailing labour relations environment.Delegates from government, labour, business, and community organisations were attending the indaba.

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