By: Bcrcat  11-11-2011
Keywords: Labour Relations Act

Section 28 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) sets the powers and functions of a bargaining council and they are to:

  • conclude collective agreements and enforce those collective agreements
  • prevent and resolve labour disputes.
  • promote and establish education and training schemes
  • establish and administer pension, provident, medical aid, sick pay, holiday, and unemployment and training schemes or funds or any similar schemes or funds for the benefit of one or more parties to the BCRCAT or their members
  • play a role in the macro economic sphere in the sector by being empowered to develop proposals for submission to the NEDLAC on policy and legislation that may affect the sector
  • determine by collective agreement the matters, which may not be an issue in dispute for the purpose of a strike or lockout at the workplace
  • confer on workplace forums additional matters for consultation
  • provide industrial support services within the sector
  • extend the services and functions of the bargaining council to workers in the informal sector


The following constitute the administrative structures of the BCRCAT:

  • Accounts Department
  • General administration of Council


  • Monitoring and enforcement
  • Registration of employers


  • Dispute resolution center (DRC - is acredited by the CCMA to conduct both concilliation and arbitration. It has full-time and partime commissioners and case management officers. It has dispute resolution rules and guidelines on reffering cases as well as refferal forms.
  • Complaints section

Keywords: Labour Relations Act