n South African Journal of Labour Relations - Trade union consultation by employers under employment equity legislation

Volume 29, Issue Issue-2-3-4
  • ISSN : 0379-8410
  • E-ISSN: 2520-3223


Whilst the area of employee participation is well-researched internationally, there is limited research on its specific application to the area of employment equity; particularly as it applies in the South African labour market. This exploratory, qualitative research project explores the nature of trade union consultation by employers in terms of a legislative requirement for consultation on employment equity planning. Semi-structured interviews, focus groups and documentation evidence was used in evaluating trade union and Department of Labour inspectors' perspectives on consultation on employment equity plans and processes. Trade union strategies for dealing with perceived consultation inadequacies are considered and conclusions are drawn on improving the effectiveness of this process.

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