Industrial relations and collective bargaining: Trends and developments in South Africa

Industrial relations and collective bargaining- Trends and developments in South AfricaIndustrial relations and collective bargaining: Trends and developments in South Africa

 

Debbie Budlender

Community Agency for Social Enquiry South Africa

May 2009

Introduction

This paper is part of a multi-country study initiated by the International Labour Office in Geneva. The multi-country study seeks to examine:

 the role of the socio-economic and political context, the evolution of the bargaining structure, the institutional context, the strengths or weaknesses of parties and the role of public policy in determining the quality of labour relations;

 the role of collective bargaining in wage policy; and
 the role of collective bargaining in addressing contemporary issues such as HIV/AIDS

and in contributing to effective labour market governance.

This paper draws on a review of the literature, interviews with key informants from business, labour, government and other organisations working on labour issues, and the personal knowledge and experience of the author. Persons interviewed for this particular paper are listed in the Appendix.

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