What is a Bargaining Council?

  • Certain bargaining councils have the status to resolve labour disputes in the same way as the CCMA would.
  • The CCMA does not have jurisdiction to preside over labour disputes in a specific industry if an accredited bargaining council exists.
  • A bargaining council is a body that is established by an employer’s organisation and a union. It must be registered under the LRA for a particular industry. This means that there are restrictions on what kind of dispute a specific bargaining council may hear.
  • Some bargaining councils are only allowed to perform conciliations, others are able to also conduct arbitrations.
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