One of the main goals of the LRA is to make provision for a framework within which employees and their trade unions, employers and employers? organisations can collectively bargain to determine their own wages and other conditions of employment. For this purpose, the LRA transformed old existing Industrial Councils into body corporates, today known as Bargaining Councils.
In terms of section 27 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act 66 of 1995) (as amended) (hereinafter referred to as the LRA), one or more registered trade unions and one or more registered employers? organisations may establish a bargaining council for a specific sector and area.
In terms of section 27 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act 66 of 1995) (as amended) (hereinafter referred to as the Act), one or more registered employers? organisations may establish a bargaining council for a specific sector and area.
A bargaining council attempts to inter alia, maintain labour peace in its sector over which it exercises jurisdiction, by means of collective agreements in respect of a wide range of issues, including conditions of employment. The Furniture Bargaining Council (FBC) fulfils this role in the furniture manufacturing industry in our scope.
The FBC will at all times attempt to maintain a level playing field amongst all stakeholders by firstly seeking full compliance with the prevailing collective agreements. The latter will include the administration of various funds and benefits and the processing of applications for exemptions from any of the terms and conditions of collective agreements concluded by representatives of its stakeholders. Through collective agreements the council ensures uniform conditions of employment and wages to all establishments within the scope of the Furniture, Bedding and Upholstery Industry.
Our bargaining council is an effective mechanism for the facilitation of collective bargaining between party employer organisations and party trade unions with minimal disruption to this industry at establishment level. Registered establishments and their employees are encouraged to join one of the employer associations or trade unions which are party to this bargaining council. In doing so, the views about labour matters in the industry will be discussed and considered in the bargaining council forums.
The bargaining council must adopt a constitution which meets the requirements of section 30 of the Act and must forthwith obtain registration with the Department of Labour in terms of section 29 of the Act.
In terms of clause 1 of our Main Collective (MCA), the terms of such agreement shall be observed by all employees for whom wages are prescribed and the employers of such employees.Compliance of the collective agreements provide some degree of assurance that the majority of industry employers and employees, operate in an environment of fair competition.