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education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessTech reports that the Department of Labour has called for public comment after announcing that it plans to revise the list of essential services under the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  

Essential services are those that, if interrupted, would endanger the life, personal safety or health of the whole or any part of the population.  Effectively this limits the worker’s right to strike and means that any dispute must be referred to interest arbitration.  In a notice published on Friday, 15 June 2018, the department announced that it would be investigating whether or not services rendered by educators and support staff in basic education (including early childhood development) and also public transport services should be considered ‘essential services’ under the LRA.  The Essential Services Committee (ESC) will be hosting a number of hearings at various CCMA offices across the country, where individuals and groups representing those two services are expected to make oral representations.

  • Read this report in full at BusinessTech
  • Read too, Teachers’ right to strike could be curtailed, on page 2 of The Sunday Independent of 17 June 2018

Download the Department of Labour’s gazette notice here


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