The Labour Law Act of 1995 - protecting labour relations in South Africa

The Labour Relations Act of 1995 was set in place to advance economic development, social justice, labour peace, as well as to democratise the workplace. Regulations stipulated in this act, apply to all employers, workers, trade unions and employers' organisations within South Africa.

The primary objectives of the act are to:

  • give effect to and regulate the fundamental rights set out by section 27 of the Constitution.
  • give effect to the obligations set out by the Republic as a member of the International Labour Organisation.
  • provide a framework within which employees, trade unions and employers’ organisations can:
  • collectively bargain to determine wages, terms and conditions of employment, as well as other matters of common interest;
  • formulate industrial policies.
  • promote:
  • orderly collective bargaining;
  • collective bargaining at sectoral level;
  • employee participation in decision making in the workplace;
  • the effective resolution of labour disputes


The Act sets out the various laws that govern labour proceedings in South Africa. It also provides a framework for settling labour disputes through the CCMA, Labour Court, or Labour Appeal Court. We at Labour Law Experts, are fully aware of the stipulations in the Labour Law Act of 1995. If you, as a company owner, need any information or advice regarding any stipulation in this act, you are welcome to contact us for more information.

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