Achieving Workplace Democracy Through Effective Workplace Forums (WPF)

Special features:

  • Participants have to pre-study their current recognition/relationship agreements; and annual collective agreements: critical elements of the course
  • Incorporation of best practice into company processes, policies and procedures
  • Case studies based on actual negotiations scenarios

Who should attend?

  • Supervisory and managerial employees
  • Union office bearers
  • Officials of representative trade unions
  • HR/ER Professionals
  • CCMA officials
  • Bargaining council officials

The Challenge

Employers are continuously inundated by particularly supervisory and managerial employees below senior management levels, who feel excluded in company decision making and consultation processes. Given that, usually, not all levels of employees are provided for in collective bargaining structures. How could such employees be accommodated in dealing with matters relating to decision making and consultations?

The risk of ignoring the plight of this level of employees may be disgruntlement. How can employers develop co-operative relationships and interact with this level of employees without undermining existing collective bargaining structures? The LRA provides for the establishment of workplace forums as mechanisms for achieving workplace democracy.

More information

Course duration: 2 days

Course dates:

23-24 March 2017
2-3 May 2017
4-5 July 2017
4-5 Sept 2017

Venue/s: Pretoria-specific venue to be advised

Course fee: R5500-00 per delegate

In-house presentation: Can be arranged at reasonable discounted fees

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Course outline

Module 1: Establishment of workplace forums

  • Worker participation and industrial democracy.
  • Workplace forums, management prerogative and duty to bargain.
  • Adversarial nature of collective bargaining and its implications
  • LRA provisions for workplace forums
  • What are the differences between trade unions and workplace forums?
  • Definition of “employee” in relation to workplace forums and implications
  • The four scenarios for establishing workplace forums
  • Procedure for the establishment of a workplace forum.
  • Constitution of a workplace forum.

Module 2: Functions of a workplace forum

  • Interests of employees
  • Workplace efficiencies
  • Consultations
  • Joint-decision making

Module 3: Consultation and joint-decision making

  • Meaning of consultation
  • Matters for consultation
  • Meaning of joint decision-making
  • Matters for joint decision-making
  • Implications

Module 4: Information disclosure for workplace forum purposes

  • Meaning of information disclosure
  • “Relevant” information
  • “Legally privileged” information
  • Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA)
  • The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI)

Module 5: Meetings of the workplace forum

  • Nature of meetings
  • Frequency of meetings
  • Matters for discussion
  • Times of meetings

Module 6: Are there any organisational rights for workplace forums?

  • Time-off for workplace forum activities
  • Facilities for forums
  • Full-time forum members
  • Attendance of meetings by forum officials
  • Nature of meetings
  • Frequency of meetings
  • Matters for discussion
  • Times of meetings
  • May experts attend forum meetings?
  • Attendance by trade union office bearers and officials of representative unions?

Module 7: Dispute resolution

  • Interpretation and application where a collective agreement exists
  • Interpretation and application where a collective agreement does not exist