n SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg - Collective Bargaining in South Africa : Past, Present and Future? Shane Godfrey, Johann Maree, Darcy du Toit and Jan Theron : book review

Volume 22, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-0099
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2185



This book deals with collective bargaining and in particular the centralised bargaining system that has been in existence in South Africa for many years. The system first operated in the form of industrial councils until they were renamed bargaining councils under the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 ('the LRA'). Given the changes brought by the LRA, the book is an attempt to update the two research projects undertaken by the authors on the industrial council system in the early 1990s. The first project was an overview of the centralised bargaining system and its transformation after the Wiehahn reforms from 1979 onwards, and the second was an examination of whether industrial councils were constraining the viability of small firms. Through this book the authors also present a survey of the bargaining council system and how it relates to the legislative framework and the labour market with regard to representivity, extensions and exemptions.

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