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The State of Collective Bargaining in South Africa: An Empirical and Conceptual Study of Collective Bargaining


  • Shane Godfrey
  • Jan Theron
  • Margareet Visser

    () (Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town)


Abstract: The research examines the current state of collective bargaining, the nature of existing bargaining structures, alternative models that have developed, and the problems being experienced in the current system. The impact of collective bargaining on small business is also an aspect of the research. The aim was to understand how labour policy and regulation can better support collective bargaining.

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  • Shane Godfrey & Jan Theron & Margareet Visser, 2007. "The State of Collective Bargaining in South Africa: An Empirical and Conceptual Study of Collective Bargaining," Working Papers 07130, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
  • Handle: RePEc:ctw:wpaper:07130

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    1. Neil Rankin, 2006. "The Regulatory Environment and SMMEs. Evidence from South African Firm Level Data," Working Papers 06113, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
    2. Shane Godfrey & Johann Maree & Jan Theron, 2006. "Conditions of Employment and Small Business: Coverage, Compliance and Exemptions," Working Papers 06106, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
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    3. Budlender, Debbie., 2009. "Industrial relations and collective bargaining : trends and developments in South Africa," ILO Working Papers 994332753402676, International Labour Organization.
    4. Budlender, Debbie., 2011. "Gender equality and social dialogue in South Africa," ILO Working Papers 994700183402676, International Labour Organization.
    5. Grawitzky, Renee., 2011. "Collective bargaining in times of crisis : a case study of South Africa," ILO Working Papers 994676283402676, International Labour Organization.
    6. Coleman, Neil., 2013. "Towards new collective bargaining, wage and social protection strategies in South Africa : learning from the Brazilian experience," ILO Working Papers 994838393402676, International Labour Organization.

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    South Africa: collective bargaining; bargaining structure; small business; regulation;

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    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics


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