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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 is the most visible indicator of a trade union's efforts to further the material interests of its members.

The LRS Collective Bargaining Support programme supports trade unions in the following ways:

  • Providing analysis of contemporary trends in collective bargaining through forums and workshops for shop stewards, organisers and officials of major trade unions in South Africa. Union representatives at LRS collective bargaining forums get up-to-date information on general economic indicators and wage settlements, as well as renewed approaches to collective bargaining. 

  • Facilitating capacity building that develops the ability of trade union representatives to engage in effective and informed collective bargaining. We're keen on working with our partners to build a pipeline of strong women negotiators and having a gendered lens in collective bargaining. To this end, we provide support and resources that assist negotiators in shaping the gender-specific outcomes of collective bargaining.
  • Providing unique online resources and tools for workers and unions. These include AGREED and AWARD databases, and the monthly publication, Inflation Monitor.

Collective Bargaining Support online tools

Agreements database (AGREED) is an online resource of collective agreements, recognition agreements and Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) relevant to South Africa and Africa.


Actual Wage Rates Database (AWARD) - The AWARD helps trade unions to monitor their performance in relation to wage and conditions of service.


Key Programme Contacts

Trenton Elsley -  trenton@lrs.org.za

George Mthethwa - george@lrs.org.za