Industrial Relations in South Africa: Labour Laws, Labour Institutions and Political Disillu
Dr Renee Horne and Jacklynne Hobbs
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Wits Business School - University of the Witwatersrand
Environment of Business, Economics, Human Resources
In 2014, South Africa experienced its longest and costliest strike ever: a five-month stoppage in the platinum sector that cast doubt on the institutions and culture of the country’s labour relations framework. After the strike came to an end in late June, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) convened a meeting to discuss ways of preventing further violent and protracted industrial action. Among the questions confronting delegates at this gathering was whether labour unrest could be addressed by altering the laws and institutions regulating strikes. Or would any such reforms prove largely futile in the absence of political and economic change?