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Basic Guide to Collective Agreements

Basic Guide to Collective Agreements

The Labour Relations Act provides for agreements that alter conditions of employment. Various types of collective agreements are made between certain parties. Agreements are binding to certain parties. Various steps should be taken when resolving disputes about collective agreements.

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Basic Guide to Maintenance Service Workers

Basic Guide to Maintenance Service Workers

Employers may apply to have all or part of their business declared a maintenance service. The Labour Relations Act does not allow maintenance service workers to strike, and employers may not replace non-maintenance service workers who are legally on strike.

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Basic Guide to Retrenchment

Basic Guide to Retrenchment

Employers must follow certain procedures when retrenching workers. Employers must consider alternatives to retrenchment. Employers must consult all the relevant parties when considering worker retrenchment. If retrenchment is unavoidable, fair procedures must be followed.

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Basic Guide to Severance Pay

Basic Guide to Severance Pay

If retrenched workers have a dispute about severance pay, they may refer the dispute for conciliation or arbitration. If retrenched workers unreasonably refuse other employment, they are not entitled to severance pay. Disputes regarding severance pay may be referred to the CCMA.

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Basic Guide to Employers’ Organisations

Basic Guide to Employers’ Organisations

Under the Labour Relations Act, employers may form or join groups that represent employers in collective bargaining. All employers have a right to form, join and be active in employers’ organisations. All employers’ organisations have a right to function, to be affiliated to other bodies and to be funded by them.

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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.

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Basic Guide to Agency Shop Agreements

Basic Guide to Agency Shop Agreements

A type of collective agreement, an agency shop agreement requires employers to deduct a fee from the wages of non-union workers to ensure that non-union workers, who benefit from the union’s bargaining efforts, make a contribution towards those efforts. The Labour Relations Act allows for an agreement requiring the deduction of fees from non-union workers.

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Basic Guide to Bargaining Councils

Basic Guide to Bargaining Councils

Trade unions and employers’ organisations may form bargaining councils. Bargaining councils deal with collective agreements, solve labour disputes, establish various schemes and make proposals on labour policies and laws.

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