The great labour battle: unions, bargaining councils win first round

2013-12-01 06:00

The South Gauteng High Court this week dismissed the argument that it is “unconstitutional” for unions and employers to force their wage deals on entire sectors – the exact argument the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is planning to make in its high- profile campaign against South Africa’s collective bargaining system.

The argument was that the councils, consisting of employer groups and unions, are “private actors that exercise public power” in their own interest in a way South Africa’s constitutional order cannot allow.

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