1 PSC news . Nov/Dec 2011 . Sound Labour Relations Practice 1. PSC news . Nov/Dec 2011 . 2 Sound Labour Relations Practice PSC news . Nov/Dec 2011 . PSC news . Nov/Dec 2011 . 4 Sound Labour Relations Practice PSC news . Nov/Dec 2011 . From the Desk of the Editor S. outh Africa shares some of the best In another topic, the PSC takes a closer look practices of a democratic labour at the Grievance Procedures and the relations system. Its Constitution management thereof in the public is widely recognised as one of the Service. Some of the key points that the article most progressive in the world.
2 The reflects on include amongst others, correct country promotes the rights of every worker, procedures to be followed when lodging a trade union, employers' organisation and grievance as well as the different grievance employer to engage in collective bargaining. procedures in the public Service. It also diminishes the past practices of unfair labour relations and race discrimination in many Drawing from his experiences in dispute sectors of the economy. Through statutory resolution, Mr Heinrich Bohmke, Senior Trainer provisions, bodies such as, the public Service and Author at LexisNexis discusses some of Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), the approaches that could be used in Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and resolving disputes to attain labour peace.
3 Arbitration (CCMA), General public Service Also drawing on a Report produced by the Sectoral Bargaining Council (GPSSBC), and the PSC Chairperson, Mr Ben Mthembu from the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) public Service Commission, touches on the were established to develop and implement role of Labour Relations Officers in the the best labour relations practices in specific public Service in contributing towards sectors of the economy. labour peace. The article further provides an Humphrey Ramafoko international perspective in relation to the work PSC news The public Service Commission (PSC) has made of labour relations officers and also makes a Editor in Chief enormous contributions towards promoting case for role clarification between the functions sound labour relations matters.
4 As a custodian of labour relation officers and those of line of good governance, the PSC plays a vital role managers. in the implementation of the Grievance Rules, the framework for the Evaluation of Heads The management of discipline is seldom of Department and the assessment of labour regarded as a pleasant human resource relations issues. It is against this background responsibility and this inevitably creates tensions that the theme for this edition of PSC news in the relationship between the employer is Sound Labour Relations Practice - a Key to and employee. To put this phenomenon into Labour Peace.
5 Perspective, Ms Mmathari Mashao, Chief Director: Labour Relations Improvement from In this edition of PSC news , we start by the Office of the public Service Commission analysing the Transformation of Labour examines the consistency in sanctions Relations in the public Service. The within departments as well as across the article, which traces the evolution of labour public Service. relations post 1994, looks at, amongst others, pieces of legislation and organisations that have We conclude this edition by featuring an been established through the Constitution, to article written by Mr Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen, enhance labour relations in both the public and an Independent Labour Relations Analyst.
6 The private sectors. article focuses on the broader pattern of collective bargaining in the public Collective bargaining and sound labour relations Service and the worrying trends of crises are the key elements that contribute towards driven settlements, which rather than labour relations peace. Ms Thandi Mnisi of the resolve underlying issues, deepen conflicts. public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council discusses the importance of collective This edition of PSC news contains a variety of bargaining in the public Service and how topical articles and we hope that they will add collective bargaining can be a useful instrument value to all public Servants, particularly, labour to attain the goal of transformation.
7 Relations practitioners. The General Secretary of the South African Humphrey Ramafoko Teachers Union (SADTU), Mr Mugwena Maluleke on the other hand, looks at the importance of bargaining from SADTU's perspective. The article also reflects on the 2010 public Service Strike. Sound Labour Relations Practice 1. PSC news . Nov/Dec 2011 . Transformation of Labour Relations in the public Service: A Journey with a Destination 2 Sound Labour Relations Practice PSC news . Nov/Dec 2011 . be well informed about the consequences of the labour relations policies to be introduced. It should be noted that although the Labour Relations Act's By Ms Phelele Tengeni, provisions are applicable to the public Service employees, it Deputy Chairperson, public excludes members of the National Defence Force, National Service Commission Intelligence Agency, South African Secret Service and South African National Academy of Intelligence.
8 Labour Relations in these organisations are regulated by their respective enabling Acts of Parliament and the accompanying Rules and Regulations as well as the outcome of their collective bargaining processes. All those are negotiated separately from the public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council T. (PSCBC)5 and its Sectoral Bargaining Councils6 established he post 1994 labour legislation was a result of in terms of the Constitution of PSCBC. extensive negotiations between the government and labour as well as employers in the private There are a number of significant developments in labour sector.
9 These negotiations processes were a relations that were brought about through the structures like prelude to organised labour and employers as the National Economic Development and Labour Council public partners that have rights enshrined in section 23 of (NEDLAC) which introduced inclusive and transparent the Constitution1 to determine their own administrations, decision making processes instead of the past unilateral programmes and activities to organise and form or join decision making approach. NEDLAC was established in terms federations2. In section 23 (5)3 of the Constitution, it is of NEDLAC Act No.
10 35 of 19947 and has four chambers specified that every trade union, employers' organisation which are Labour Market, Trade and Industry, Development, and employer has the right to engage in collective and public Finance and Monetary policy. The public Service bargaining which is regulated by national legislation. The labour partners at NEDLAC are the three main labour huge change post 1994 is that provision has been made for federations, namely Congress of South African Trade Unions the relationship between labour and the employer to be of (COSATU), National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU).