n Law, Democracy & Development - The Labour Relations Act and global competitiveness




The South African Labour Relations Act (LRA) was an essential part of the process of political democratisation. Together with the Bill of Rights, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Employment Equity Act, it entrenched many of the basic labour rights which South African trade unions had demanded for over 70 years. It was a high water mark in the tide of social regulation of market relations, one that both astounded and inspired unions in other parts of the world who have been feeling the cold winds of economic liberalisation since the 1980s.


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