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South Africa: Manage industrial action effectively with the Bowmans Strike Management Guidelines

24 October 2022
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Is your business struggling to manage industrial action? For many employers, strikes can be a significant source of stress and anxiety. With ‘strike season’ in full swing in South Africa, it is important for employers to be able to act swiftly and effectively in dealing with trade unions and employees when a deadlock is reached during collective bargaining.

To equip our clients in dealing with this complex area of law and practice, we have developed a toolkit called the ‘Strike Management Guidelines’. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide practical guidance to employers who are facing industrial action, whether protected or unprotected. 

The Strike Management Guidelines contain the following materials:

  • Step-by-step guidelines for handling protected strikes.
  • Step-by-step guidelines for handling unprotected strikes.
  • Guidance note on the applicable legal principles and issues for consideration when dealing with strikes.
  • Guidance note on the legal principles applicable to picketing.
  • Sample picketing rules.
  • Pro forma documents, including:
    • Template letters to customers, clients, suppliers, service providers and neighbouring businesses regarding strike action;
    • Template letters to trade unions regarding breach of picketing rules, unlawful conduct during strike action, unprotected strike action, and the intention to seek an interdict; and
    • Template memoranda to employees regarding an unprotected strike, strike violence and/or unlawful conduct during strike action.
  • Guidance note on preparing for and participating at the CCMA in the establishment of picketing rules.

You can purchase the Strike Management Guidelines today at a single all-inclusive cost of ZAR 25 000 plus VAT (option 1).

Alternatively, you can purchase the Strike Management Guidelines, accompanied by a two-hour training session on managing industrial action in the workplace, at a total cost of ZAR 45 000 plus VAT (option 2). The training is aimed at management and in particular, those individuals within the business who will form part of the ‘command centre’ responsible for managing and responding to the industrial action. 

The toolkit can be ordered by sending an email to [email protected].