FIVE CHALLENGES FACING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN SOUTH AFRICA
Posted by A. Soobedaar

South Africa has one of the most progressive labour relations frameworks in the world that provides for structured and orderly collective bargaining. That being said, however, the actual practice of collective bargaining exhibits symptoms of dysfunctionality. Collective bargaining today is, more often than not, characterised by prolonged wage negotiation processes, protracted industrial action marred by intimidation and violence, challenges to negotiated outcomes, escalating adversarialism and conflict in the labour market and extreme situations such as the tragedy that was Marikana. Responsibility for this may be apportioned in varying degrees to; the parties engaged in collective bargaining, the manner in which they interact with each other at the process level and the political, social and economic environment in which collective bargaining plays out. We have observed the following five challenges facing collective bargaining in South Africa:

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