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Strikes and the Law

This publication provides up-to-date analysis of case law, legislation and policy developments relating to the law of industrial action in South Africa.

Publication Language: English
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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409078174

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This publication provides up-to-date analysis of case law, legislation and policy developments relating to the law of industrial action in South Africa.

One of the greatest challenges facing South African labour relations is unprocedural and often violent industrial conflicts. Strikes and the law covers an analysis of the legislation and the case law and considers the reasons why in many cases, the law is disregarded. The Labour relations Amendment Bill, 2017 which was published in 17 November 2017 states that the root cause for protracted and often violent industrial action is a misalignment between the law on strikes and action taken by parties during industrial action. The authors consider this misalignment and suggest possible solutions. This is a critical read for labour law practitioners, HR/IR managers, trade unions and academics.

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Table of contents

CHAPTER_1 - Constitutional and International Law

1.1 - Historical context

1.2 - Justifications for the right to strike

1.3 - International law

1.4 - Use of the ILO observations and decisions by courts

1.5 - Constitutional law

1.6 - Approach to limitations on the right to strike

CHAPTER_2 - The socio-economic dimension of strikes

2.1 - Introduction

2.2 - Strike statistics: what can we learn?

2.3 - The prevalence of violence

2.4 - Unemployment, poverty and inequality

2.5 - Poverty and strike action

2.6 - The ANC's economic transformation agenda

2.7 - Structural drivers of unemployment, inequality and poverty

2.8 - The changing world of work

2.9 - Collective bargaining

2.10 - Conclusion

CHAPTER_3 - Protected strikes

3.1 - Introduction

3.2 - Definition of strike

3.3 - Requirements for protected strikes

3.4 - When statutory procedures may be dispensed with

3.5 - Consequences of a protected strike

3.6 - Replacement labour

3.7 - Are the current strike provisions effective?

3.8 - Interrogating the LRA's strike provisions

3.9 - What is the way forward?

CHAPTER_4 - Secondary strikes

4.1 - Introduction

4.2 - The context

4.3 - The international context

4.4 - The definition of secondary strike in South Africa

4.5 - Implementation of the law

4.6 - Procedural requirements

4.7 - Conclusion

CHAPTER_5 - Essential services

5.1 - Introduction

5.2 - Restrictions on the right to strike

5.3 - Designation of essential services

5.4 - The Essential Services Committee (ESC)

5.5 - Minimum services

5.6 - Maintenance services

5.7 - Conclusions

CHAPTER_6 - Unprotected strikes, interdicts and other remedies

6.1 - Introduction

6.2 - The scheme of the law

6.3 - Substantive limitations

6.4 - The consequences of unprotected strike action

6.5 - Implementation and enforcement of the law

6.6 - Can a protected strike become unprotected?

6.7 - A concluding view from the bench

CHAPTER_7 - Lock-outs

7.1 - Introduction

7.2 - Recourse to lock-out versus right to strike

7.3 - Definition of lock-out

7.4 - Prohibited demands

7.5 - Procedural requirements

7.6 - Circumstances when the statutory procedures may be dispensed with

7.7 - Locking out non-strikers in response to a strike

7.8 - Consequences of a protected lock-out

7.9 - Consequences of an unprotected lock-out

7.10 - Replacement labour

7.11 - Conclusion

CHAPTER_8 - Pickets, socio-economic protest action, gatherings and demonstrations

8.1 - Introduction

8.2 - Pickets

8.3 - Socio-economic protest action

8.4 - Demonstrations

8.5 - Unprotected and violent pickets, demonstrations and gatherings and socio-economic protests

8.6 - Conclusion

CHAPTER_9 - Dismissals

9.1 - Introduction

9.2 - International law

9.3 - From common law to constitutional protection

9.4 - Dismissal for misconduct during a protected strike, picket or protest action

9.5 - Dismissal for operational requirements arising out of a protected strike

9.6 - Dismissals to compel employees to accept changes to terms and conditions of employment

9.7 - Dismissal for participation in unprotected strike action

9.8 - Conclusion

Bibliography

Table of Cases

Table of Statutes

Index