If there are more than 10 employees, there must be a union or workers committee

What does this mean?

  • If the business has more than 10 employees, it has 2 choices:
  1. It can invite a union to the workplace to talk to the employees about their freedom to be represented if they wish, OR
  2. It can assist its employees in setting up a democratic worker’s committee.

What do I do?

There are quite a few unions operating in South Africa.  If one has never been to your business, you can also contact them to come and do a talk:

Alternatively you need to hold a general meeting with all employees and explain the functioning and purpose of a worker’s committee. The employees should then democratically elect their representatives. Once represented, they should be trained on the operations of a worker’s committee including management of meetings, holding records of discussions etc. They will very much rely on the management of the business in the beginning to guide them to function effectively. For more information on a worker’s committee refer to the:

Labour Relations Act, No. 66 of 1995
Labour Relations Amendment Act, 2002