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Service: Collective Bargaining Support

The Collective Bargaining Support Programme supports trade unions' efforts to renew their bargaining and organising strategies in order to improve wages and conditions of employment of workers

Collective Bargaining around wages and conditions of employment remains the most visible indicator of a trade union's efforts to further the material interests of its members.

The Collective Bargaining Programme actively supports trade unions as they enter into successive rounds of collective bargaining.

The LRS supports the labour movement in the following ways:

  • Providing analysis of contemporary trends in collective bargaining through forums and workshops targeting shop stewards, organisers and officials across all major trade unions in South Africa. The workshops cover general economic indicators, review of recent settlements and approaches to collective bargaining, ensuring union representatives are fully prepared for collective bargaining.
  • Facilitating capacity building that focuses on developing the ability of trade union representatives to engage in effective and informed collective bargaining, with a particular focus on women in trade union structures. The LRS provides support and resources that assist negotiators in shaping the gender-specific outcomes of collective bargaining.
  • Providing online tools that are unique resources for workers and their unions, specifically the AGREED and AWARD databases.

Collective Bargaining Support resources 

  • Agreements database (AGREED) – an online resource of collective agreements, recognition agreements and Global Framework Agreements relevant to South Africa and the rest of Africa.
  • Actual Wage Rates Database (AWARD) - AWARD enables trade unions to monitor their performance in relation to wage and conditions of service.
  • Inflation monitor publication

Key Programme Contact

Trenton Elsley

Email: trenton@lrs.org.za

George Mthethwa

Email: george@lrs.org.za