New law for minority unions mooted

2012-10-17 10:34

Minority unions in a workplace will be allowed to participate in collective bargaining negotiations under proposed new legislation.

The Business Report wrote today that the legislation would give the CCMA the “authority to adjudicate whether to grant minority unions organisational rights in the workplace,” according to labour spokesman Musa Zondi.

Under current legislation, only majority unions – defined as 50% plus 1 – are recognised and may approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration.

Labour department collective bargaining chief director Thembinkosi Mkalipi briefed Parliament’s labour portfolio committee on the changes yesterday.

“These changes would be good for the economy, industrial relations, and, above all, comply with the country’s Constitution,” he said.

“In no way are these proposals diluting the rights of majority trade unions. All we are saying is that the CCMA can adjudicate and grant the minority union[s] access to the workplace.”

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