Statutory Councils

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STATUTORY COUNCILS

Labour Relations Act 28 of 1956 includes as one of the aims of the Act, the prevention and settlement of disputes between employers and employees. Industrial councils were the primary institution for collective bargaining; generally they were system that involved a form of centralised bargaining in a particular industry or segment of an industry (Alan Rycroft, Barney Jordaan, 1992:146)

Industrial councils consisted of representatives from one or more employer parties and one or more employee parties who as a whole enjoy representation on the council.

Statutory councils were formed as a result of a compromise between government and big unions to satisfy the governments fear that the bargaining council system would not
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2) A statutory council, in terms of its constitution, may agree to the inclusion of any of the other functions of a bargaining council referred to in section 28.
3) If a statutory council concludes a collective agreement in terms of subsection (1)(d), the provisions of sections 31 , 32 and 33 apply, read with the changes required by the context. 4) a) From the date on which the Labour Relations Amendment Act, 1998, comes in to operation, the provisions of the laws relating to pension, provident or medical aid schemes or funds must be complied with in establishing any pension, provident or medical aid scheme or fund in terms of subsection (1)(c).
b) The provisions of the laws relating to pension, provident or medical aid schemes or funds will apply in relation to any pension, provident or medical aid scheme or fund established in terms of subsection (1)(c) after the coming into operation of the Labour Relations Amendment Act, 1998.
Statutory council may extend its powers and functions to include any functions of a bargaining council. They are allowed to this by concluding a collective agreement. However, a Statutory Council has
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