Recently, there have been many changes in the workplace and in legislation related to organized labour and unions. However, many human resource professionals at union-free companies aren’t aware of these shifts or even how organized labour can pose a threat to their companies. It remains important to take due cognizance of all relevant legislation, particularly because they have already been the subject of much speculation and were at times misleading when reported in the public media.
Employment relations and work form the cornerstone of economic prosperity and quality of life for the people of not only South Africa but also the entire continent of Africa. The importance of good labour relations at all levels of society has long been of interest to practitioners, researchers, academics and policy makers in all parts of the world. Labour issues cannot be ignored by anyone who is serious about seeing South Africa or his/her business succeeds.