Labour & Health and Safety

Collective labour law generally serves to govern and mediate the multilateral relationship between workers, employers, trade unions and government, whilst individual labour law serves to protect workers’ rights. There are several laws that regulate these labour-related relationships which include, inter alia, the Labour Relations Act 1995, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 requires the employer to provide and maintain a work environment that is safe and without risk to the health of employees. South Africa is a signatory to the Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No.81).