The South African labour market is characterised by a structural imbalance. There are more unskilled and semi-skilled workers than jobs, but there is a shortage of skilled workers. This imbalance manifests itself in acute skills shortages and high unemployment among blacks.

At present a new Labour Relations Act has been passed, but has not been brought into force. It is expected to become effective from 1 May 1996. When it does it will have far reaching implications for employers and employees. The new Act makes serious inroads into managerial prerogative and strengthens the power of the Trade Unions.

This is a difficult and specialised field of law, and clients are strongly advised to obtain expert advice in this regard before entering into any transactions or starting any enterprise.

For further information please contact: 

Werksmans Attorneys 

Werksmans Chambers, 22 Girton Road, Parktown, Johannesburg 2193 
P.O. Box 927, Johannesburg 2000 South Africa

Enquiries:        Mr Charles Butler
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