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The Labour Relations Act
provides for self-regulation of industries through the medium
of the Bargaining Council. NBCWPS provides the following
services to its parties and non-parties, who are covered by
- Forum and facilities for Collective Bargaining
- Resolution of labour disputes e.g unfair Labour
practices, unfair dismissals, interpretation and application
of collective agreements etc.
- Enforcement of collective agreements through designated
agents employed by the Council.
- Forum and process to negotiate and regulate employee
benefits (pension, medical aid etc) for the whole sector or
- Deal with applications for exemptions on collective
- Make inputs and proposals on policy and legislative
developments on labour relations through NEDLAC.
Council is constituted on the basis of equal representation in
terms of both the Employers and Employee representatives. All
registered Employers in the sector qualify to join the Council
either as a party (through a specific industry employer
association) or as a non-party. Trade unions wanting to be
party to the Council must at least have membership of 1000
employees in the sector.
Levy contributions are equally
shared between the employer and employees. For employees
employed by an Employer who is party to the Council, their
contribution is R6 from the employee and R6 from the employer
with the overall contribution being R12.00 for an individual
employee. Employees in employment of the Employer who is
either a non party or themselves are not members of the trade
unions that are parties to the Council are levied R3 with
their employer paying the same amount for an individual
employee. Overall their levy is