Role of trade unions 127 indeed played a major role in south african pol-itics (venter et al 2011) major union federations in south africa in february 2013, there were 191 registered. Trade unions and financial inclusion the case of south africa cédric ludwig and what influences and roles do trade unions wish to have in this area. Trade unions in south africa and their roles and responsibilities: trade unionism is empowered by strong legislative framework that strengthens workers position in south africa. Trade unions are recognized within the 1996 constitution of south africa, which provides for the right to join trade unions, and for unions to collectively bargain and strike  this has translated into the labour relations act which established the working framework for both unions and employers.
Consider the role of independent unions in promoting democracies, like solidarity in poland during the 1980s or cosatu, the coalition of anti-apartheid unions, in south africa. Industrial relations in southern africa: the south african effect, 57 a new role for the state, 58 unions are free, they have been unable to use the. Civil society and democracy in south africa democracy ngos the latter has a relationship with the state that is largely defined by its sub-contractual role.
Labour guide south africa offers a wealth of labour law information and documentation to attorneys, companies and individuals labour guide your guide to labour law in south africa trade unions in south africa | labour guide. The national union of metalworkers of south africa (numsa) was launched in may 1987 at a three-day congress in crown mines, johannesburg numsa was formed as a result of a merger of metal workers' unions in the run-up to the launch on 23-4 may 1987. The national union of mineworkers was founded in 1982 its birth was facilitated by comrades cyril ramaphosa who rose to be its first general secretary, james. The role of the labor union in modern society unions play a pivotal role both in securing legislated labor protections and rights such as safety and health.
The role of organized labor labor unions and working people generally played a key role in the demise of the apartheid regime in south africa why this is so comes into clearer focus when we understand why unions come into existence anywhere. Endnotes the role and tasks of the trade unions under the conditions created by the new economic policy were examined at a plenary meeting of the cc, rcp(b) on december 28, 1921 the draft of the decision on the trade unions adopted by the cc, rcp. Labor, management, and government interactions harry c katz role for trade unions economic reforms introduced from the 1980s on led the national.
Labour unions have played an integral role as a voice for social transformation in south africa during apartheid, their objectives were distinctly political their formal influence grew with the. With particular focus on south african trade unions during the apartheid and post-apartheid periods, the course will examine the nature and the role of these unions as workers' representatives both in the workplace and beyond(ie in the broader society), and how that role is changing in the contemporary period and the future implications thereof. The answer lies in unions unions have played a role in the worker-employer dialogue for centuries, but in the last few decades, many aspects of the business environment have changed with this in.
A brief history of unions in the united states history of unions, early workers and trade unions played an important part in the role for independence although. The role of unions unions play an important role in the workplace some of the key roles include being able to resolve workplace issues by being a voice for employees and acting as a bargaining representative during bargaining negotiations.
The essence of the discussion is to outline the role of trade unions from its traditional role as compared to its role now in contemporary times most notably in post-apartheid south africa. The role of a trade union within the workplace a trade union is defined as 'a continuous association of wage earners with the objective of improving or maintaining conditions of employment' trade unions fall into three broad groups:. Role that trade unions play in representing their members and in advancing south africa's economic transformation agenda in the parlance of the congress of south african trade unions. Trade unions in south africa m uys, hons ba south africa and south korea, trade unions played a key role in the process leading to democratisation (wood, 2002.