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Solidarity launches cyber trade union for the modern world of work

Solidarity launched its new cyber trade union, Solidarity World, at the Atterbury theatre in Pretoria.

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Mutual interest matters: exactly how broad is the net?

‘Mutual interest’ is a loaded phrase and usually indicates that someone is about to change the game. Unfortunately, it is often used incorrectly so it is the interest of all to understand exactly what this phrase means.

'Mutual interest' is a loaded phrase and usually indicates that someone is about to change the game. Unfortunately, it is often used incorrectly so it is the interest of all to understand exactly what this phrase means.

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Is interest arbitration the magic solution to resolving a strike?

Our constitution guarantees workers' the right to strike – a right further entrenched in the Labour Relations Act (LRA), which also gives employers the right to lock workers out of the workplace pending resolution of such disputes. But lengthy, and often violent or destructive, strikes have called into question the value of strike action as the prime method of resolving disputes about wages or other matters of mutual interest between employers and employees (sometimes referred to as 'interest disputes'). Is there another, more beneficial, method of resolving strikes?

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When can a trade union be held in contempt of court?

In a judgment handed down by the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) on 12 June 2014 (Food and Allied Workers Union v In2food (Pty) Ltd (case number J861/2013), the LAC considered the circumstances under which a trade union can be held in contempt of a court order prohibiting an unprotected strike.

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Putting the lawfulness of a trade union's demand under the microscope

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The Constitutional Court (CC) recently decided the lawfulness of a trade union's demand in the context of a dismissal in the decision of National Union of Public Service & Allied Workers Union obo Mani and Nine Others v National Lotteries Board [2014] ZACC 10.

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