It should be noted that when the burning issues of labour relations are dealt with at the trade union, company or government level, most of the participants have not been involved in labour relations disputes or have not been involved in such disputes in recent times, but they still claim that a masterful solution has been negotiated. As a result, the media announces an agreement with great enthusiasm, but the next day, the struggles for labour relations continue to rage because this is mainly where labour relations take place. Given that #FeesMustFall that dominates the news and the general trade union environment, Cosatu and the ruling party are all in disarray, employers should take the opportunity to stabilize company-level labour relations in the workplace without fear of high-level interference. It is also interesting to note that the local structures of populist trade unions want to act more independently and without interference from their headquarters in the event of a labour dispute. For example, today, Amcu members often show Amcu management the door to employment with the message that decisions are made at the industry level. A statement by former US politician Tip O`Neill that “all policies are local” is valid in today`s work environment. This agreement applies between you, the user of this website and THE SHOP FLOOR PROJECT, the owner(s) of this website. Your consent to compliance with and attachment to clauses 1, 2, 5 – 12 and 16 – 26 of these terms and conditions is considered to have been made from your first use of the site. Clauses 3, 4 and 13 – 15 apply only to the sale of goods. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, you must immediately stop using the Site. The power struggle between the unions, which creates tensions both in the bargaining process and externally, can be defused if the anti-democratic principle of the majority, which applies to the recognition of trade unions, is abolished. Linking certain privileges and benefits to the representativeness of a union only creates rivalries that not only cause tension in the workplace, but also result in loss of life. The time and energy that employers waste negotiating union recognition agreements could be much more likely to be used to negotiate negotiation protocols and peace agreements.
As with #FeesMustFall, labour relations are complicated and marked by hidden agendas, and if employers want to restore power and peace at the company level, they need to negotiate smarter, but they also need to understand the deep dynamics behind labour relations….