Govt is bringing back secret strike ballot to protect union members from intimidation

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Striking mine workers demonstrate as they protest over wage demands outside the Nkageng informal settlement on the platinum belt in this file picture.
Striking mine workers demonstrate as they protest over wage demands outside the Nkageng informal settlement on the platinum belt in this file picture.
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The Department of Employment and Labour says it will reintroduce provisions to make balloting before and during a strike secret. Secret ballots have been opposed by many trade unions who want the decision to strike decided by a show of hands.

This has enabled intimidation, which has been rife in SA’s labour history, particularly where strikes are long or become politicised.

EXPLAINER | Why unions have mixed feelings on secret ballot

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