need to manage people, remuneration and conditions of employment led to
what we know today as the SAFCEC Human Resources Support
Service. As early as 1941, we initiated exploratory
discussions with certain trade unions to discuss the issues around
conditions of employment. During the sixties we took the
initiative to establish statutory minimum wages for the
industry. And again, during the early nineties we took the
initiative in preparing for centralised bargaining with labour unions
that were becoming stronger. With the advent of democracy,
the legal environment regulating labour relations has undergone a
The Labour Relations Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, and
others have changed the face of labour relations completely.
The challenge is to make this legislation work in ways that will not
inhibit growth and efficiency in the industry, and which will not
deprive it of its greatest attribute, that of being a leading creator
of employment. The opening of international markets
is raising a further need - to understand companies’ rights of moving
people and the legal framework in the host countries.
SAFCEC Human Resources Support Service provides members with
the following benefits: -
- Conduct negotiations on substantive
conditions of employment are conducted annually on a national basis
with the trade unions. All arrangements are extended to non-parties in
the industry via a Sectoral Determination.
- Offer advice is available to all members
on industrial relations issues. These include the implementation of
labour legislation, collective agreements, disciplinary matters, and
- Provides advice to members regarding
Labour Law, Industrial Relations and Human Resources matters.
- Represents members in dispute resolution.
- Supplies industry job descriptions.
- Handles collective bargaining.
- Liaises with the Department of Labour.
- Negotiates substantive conditions of
employment on a national platform.
- Organises and to keeps the workplace
fully union orientated.
- Handles grievances and to enforce
agreements.Keep members informed on matters affecting them directly,
such as agreements that apply in the workplace.