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Understanding the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Dispute Resolution System in South Africa:An Analysis of CCMA Data

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  • Haroon Bhorat
  • Kalie Pauw
  • Liberty Mncube

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    (Development Policy Research Unit
    Director and Professor)

Abstract

This paper, while broadly located within reforming the labour market policy debate, is specifically focused on one aspect of the labour regulatory regime, namely the dispute resolution system. Hence, we attempt to understand the efficiency and effectiveness of the country’s institutionalised dispute resolution body, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). A better and more informed understanding of the nature of dispute resolution and its determinants, it would seem, remains central to any detailed debate regarding labour market institutions in particular and labour market regulation in general. Ultimately then, the study intends to empirically verify the patterns of dispute referral, settlement and determination regionally, sectorally and historically. It should be noted at the outset that this paper, possibly for the first time for South Africa, provides a detailed economic and econometric analysis and interpretation of dispute resolution in the post-apartheid period.

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Paper provided by University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit in its series Working Papers with number 09137.

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Length: 88 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
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Publication status: Published in Working Paper Series by the Development Policy Research Unit, May 2009, pages 1-88
Handle: RePEc:ctw:wpaper:09137

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Keywords: South Africa: labour regulation; Labour Regulatory Environment; Dispute resolution; CCMA;

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  1. Heckman, James, 2013. "Sample selection bias as a specification error," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 31(3), pages 129-137.
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Cited by:
  1. Haroon Bhorat, 2012. "A Nation in Search of Jobs: Six Possible Policy Suggestions for Employment Creation in South Africa," Working Papers 12150, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
  2. Benjamin, Paul, 2013. "Assessing South Africa's commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)," ILO Working Papers 480297, International Labour Organization.

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