The relationship between multiple stakeholders like employees, employers and trade unions is inevitably complex and nuanced. Because industrial action can be crippling to business, it is imperative to have a legal partner assist in navigating these relationships and processes.
In recent years, we have spearheaded several initiatives aimed at assisting our clients to address an increasingly complex and volatile organised labour environment.
We assist clients with a number of collective employment law related matters, including:
- engaging with trade unions and bargaining councils, and devising negotiation strategies on wage negotiations and/or demarcation disputes, amongst others;
- drafting and interpreting collective agreements;
- providing advice on managing strikes, lock-outs and go slow action, picketing and the like; including obtaining urgent interdicts and establishing picketing rules.
We have also acted for clients in a number of precedent setting collective employment law cases in the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court, in particular relating to the interpretation and application of provisions of the Labour Relations Act and its amendments.