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Basic Guide to Statutory Councils

Basic Guide to Statutory Councils

Statutory councils may be formed by registered trade unions and employers’ organisations to manage labour disputes, schemes and funds, education and training, and to make collective agreements.


The Labour Relations Act applies to all employers, workers, trade unions and employers’ organisations, but does not apply to –
members of the:

  • National Defence Force;
  • National Intelligence Agency; or
  • South African Secret Service

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Applies to all workers and employers and aims to advance economic development, social justice, labour peace and the democracy of the workplace.


A registered trade union or registered employers’ organisation may apply to the registrar of labour relations to form a statutory council.

Based on Legislation in Section 39of the Labour Relations Act


Statutory councils –

  • resolve labour disputes;
  • promote and manage education and training schemes;
  • form and manage schemes or funds for the benefit of its parties or members;
  • make collective agreements; and
  • may perform any other bargaining council functions.

Based on Legislation in Section 43of the Labour Relations Act

Registration as Bargaining Council

A statutory council may apply to register as a bargaining council.

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Originally appeared on on 30-05-2008. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of estome. estome accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the article, nor does the information contained herein constitute advice, legal or otherwise.

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