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NEDLAC PRESS STATEMENT ON THE LABOUR RELATIONS INDABA
21 February 2015

The Nedlac Labour Relations Committee of Principals met today at the organisation’s offices to finalise terms of reference for the labour relations engagement process (attached). These final terms of reference are drawn from proposals drafted by a task team of the constituencies in a series of meetings from 27 January to 17 February 2015.

The Committee of Principals was established at the Labour Relations Indaba of 4 November 2014. The Ekurhuleni Declaration signed at the Indaba includes an agreement that this Committee would be established.

The committee comprises senior leadership of the Nedlac constituencies and guides the labour relations engagement process. The Committee of Principals is chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Committee approved the establishment of two Nedlac technical task teams that would engage on wage inequality and labour relations respectively. The terms of reference and agenda for this engagement process were also approved.

The Committee will periodically consider detailed, combined progress reports from the technical task teams over the next five months, with the final consolidated report to be submitted to the Committee of Principals in July 2015. A schedule of 15 meetings for the task teams has been agreed, and will commence on 3 March 2015.

The Committee of Principals expressed appreciation for the seriousness and sense of urgency with which the constituencies have approached this important task, and trusts that this spirit of engagement will continue to characterise the negotiations in the months ahead.

Labour Relations engagement Terms of Reference

 

For more information contact:
Kim Jurgensen
kim@nedlac.org.za
Cell: 082 619 5050

LABOUR RELATIONS ENGAGEMENT

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LABOUR RELATIONS INDABA
STRENGTHENING SOCIAL DIALOGUE: TOWARDS TRANSFORMATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN LABOUR RELATIONS ENVIRONMENT

3 November 2014
Nedlac will convene the Labour Relations Indaba on 4 November 2014. The Indaba arises from the State of the Nation Address in June 2014 when the President urged the social partners to address the state of the labour relations environment and in particular to explore issues such as wage inequality and the length and violence recent strikes. The Indaba is convened under the auspices the auspices of Nedlac and will be chaired by the Deputy President.

The Indaba is the beginning of a comprehensive process of engagement to address the underlying challenges in the South African Market guided by the broad theme :
STRENGTHENING SOCIAL DIALOGUE: TOWARDS TRANSFORMATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN LABOUR RELATIONS ENVIRONMENT

The Indaba will focus on the following two thematic areas.
– Promoting employment and labour market stability, including the right to strike, protracted strikes;
violence, collective bargaining and the role of the State; employment, vulnerability and social protection
– Towards addressing wage inequality – engaging on a national minimum wage

Given the breadth and complexity of these issues it is recognised that the Indaba will be the launch pad for further engagements. Out of this event a process will be crafted with clear time-lines and terms of reference, and which will be undertaken through Nedlac.

A Committee of Principles has been established, to guide the work arising out of the Indaba. This Committee comprises representatives of each of the social partners and will be chaired by the Deputy President.
The media is invited to attend the opening remarks by the Deputy President which will set the scene for the Indaba. The deliberations after that will be closed to the media. There will be a press conference at 16h00 where the Declaration will be presented and questions can be addressed to the Committee of Principals.