Labour Public Sector

South African Labour Relations in the Workplace

Labour relations in South Africa continue to be a volatile issue for many trade union officials, employers and human resource practitioners. New workplace trends such as continuous bargaining, retrenchments, remote working practices, and increasing labour compliance and regulatory requirements have become a balancing act for labour stakeholders in the public sector.

The Law

The Labour Relations Act is the centrepiece of labour law in South Africa. Its primary objectives are to entrench, realise, and regulate the constitutional rights of workers, employees and trade unions through promoting economic development, fair labour practices, peace, democracy and social development.


The Challenges

South Africa employs approximately 1.3 million public servants, and the state of public servants are highly unionised compared to the private sector. Labour Relations Act entrenchments encompassing such rights as forming and joining trade unions, participating in strikes and protests action, and engaging in collective bargaining practices add to the complexity of managing while ensuring a productive workforce.


The Solution

A vision that creates inclusive, fair and equal workplaces through appropriate constitutional legislation and regulations and the establishment of a favourable labour market conducive to investment, employment creation and sustainable economic growth.

What if you had a tool that keeps you informed and provides best practices for complying with public sector labour law and relations? A tool that can create a workplace where economic development, social justice, labour peace and democracy are the cornerstones of your business culture and where you promote and facilitate collective bargaining and resolve key disputes.

Lexis Practical Guidance Labour Public Sector is a comprehensive toolkit to access several topics regarding South Africa's public sector labour issues. This information will empower labour relations practitioners and stakeholders by enabling compliance with labour relations law and help them achieve a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone thrives.

Lexis Practical Guidance Labour Public Sector

Lexis Practical Guidance Labour Public Sector is a how-to resource for labour law practitioners, human resources professionals, managers and trade union officials, such as shop stewards in the public sector sphere. It's a comprehensive toolkit for anyone working in the South African public sector. Although much of the content is also included in Lexis Practical Guidance Labour, this practice area covers explicitly the many aspects of labour-related issues that apply to national, provincial, and local government employees.

You are held to a higher standard when you serve in the public sector. Ensure your employer is providing you with the support you need. Don't leave the door open to be made an example of over compliance issues. The pressure is overwhelming right now, and there is a need to uphold the rule of law. The Lexis Nexis Practical Guidance for the public sector helps support you in covering your bases.


  • National minimum wage in South Africa
  • Parental leave and how to apply for it
  • The minimum standards of employment
  • Unemployment, illness, adoption and maternity benefits
  • Specific offences relating to dismissal
  • How to conduct and chair a disciplinary enquiry
  • Trade unions and employer organisations
  • Strikes, lockouts and picketing
  • Public Service Act of 1994 (Proclamation 103 of 1994) and the Employment of Educators Act 76 of 1998
  • Poor work performance and incapacity and ill health
  • Over 150 guidance notes
  • Up to date judgments for reference
  • Over 300 customisable forms, precedents, checklist

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