Advice and Training
The CCMA provides advice and training to workers, registered trade unions and trade union federations, employers, employers’ organisations and federations of employers’ organisations on –
• forming collective bargaining bodies;
• forming and managing workplace forums;
• preventing and resolving disputes and grievances;
• disciplinary procedures;
• workplace restructuring;
• affirmative action and equal opportunity programmes; and on
• Preventing sexual harassment.
The Labour Relations Act applies to all employers, workers, trade unions and employers’ organisations, but does not apply to –
• members of the:
o National Defence Force;
o National Intelligence Agency; or
o South African Secret Service.
Applies to all workers and employers and aims to advance economic development, social justice, labour peace and the democracy of the workplace. You may want to ask the CCMA to conciliate or even arbitrate your dispute. A union or employer’s organisation may also initiate this action. You do not need the other party’s consent before taking a matter to the CCMA.
The advent of the new Labour Relations Act (LRA) has raised expectations about the fundamental change in the nature of South African labour relations and of effective dispute resolution and collective bargaining in particular.