In a press release sent out by COSATU this week, the union strongly rejects the proposal by the DA to submit a bill “that will seek to prevent strike-related violence”
The DA proposes legislation that will require unions to comply with practical measures to limit and prevent violence during strikes and should violence occur during a strike, the unions involved could face severe fines for any offenses committed.
COSATU argues that any such legislation would ‘fundamentally destroy workers’ constitutionally guaranteed right to engage in strikes and lawful protest action.’
Such a law would give unparalleled power to an arm of the state to undermine collective bargaining and the basic human right to withdraw ones labour.
Read the full press release at allafrica.com
In Labour Relations for Shop Stewards, Chris Hickley provides the basic knowledge that a shop steward requires to be adequately informed about key labour relations principles and issues such as collective bargaining and strike action.
Chris Hickley has extensive experience as a shop steward and as a negotiator. He has a Masters degree in labour law from the University of Cape Town. Chris was a full-time shop steward and a national as well as a provincial negotiator for the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) and was also the senior shop steward and the national negotiator for the Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU). Additionally he has extensive experience from across the table having been a labour relations manager for a number of years in various government departments.