Employee Relationship Management Conference

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is the impact of evolving employment relations landscape and alternatives to majoritarianism?​

As we enter another year of declining economic growth and rising cost of living, trade unions are demanding above-inflation wages for their workers.  As businesses weather the economic storm, employers simply do not have the means to meet the demands for higher wages. Squeezed employers may just have to shed jobs, carry out retrenchments and cutbacks, hence, a further dent in the economy. In addition, there is now the inter-union rivalry and proliferation of nonaligned trade unions, posting a threat to the established trade unions.

Attend this conference, endorsed by SABPP (SA Board for People Practices) and gain insights from key stakeholders on new developments, strategies and best practices to manage current challenges faced by employers and employees.

Topics to be discussed:
  • Workplace relations: Pathologies and prospects
  • Organisational rights - South African framework, insights and learnings
  • Through the LRA lenses - managing majority and minority Unions within the statut​ory framework and reflections on the emerging case law
  • Emerging shifts in collective bargaining
  • In search of an alternative collective bargaining model to the one-size-fits all
  • Possible legislative amendments on collective bargaining and workplace forums in order to address labour relations stability
  • The changing trade union landscape: impact, challenges and remedies
  • A case study of Sun International's approach and considerations taken into account for a lock out in September 2015

  • SABPP HR Management Standard: Employment relations management element
  • Strategic dialogue: Future and the way forward for trade unionists

SABPP members will receive 10% discount. After booking your seat online, kindly email BoloshaY@gibs.co.za or ​Lieww@gibs.co.za and ​provide your active membership reference ​​to receive the special rate.​

Download programme agenda below.

Speakers include 
  • Prof ​​Albert Wocke, GIBS Faculty
  • Charles Nupe​n, Executive Chairman, Stratalign
  • Arnause Rabatome Mohlala, Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)
  • Rod Harper, Head of Employment Law, Benefits & Industrial Relations, Cowan-Harper Attorneys
  • Lucio Trentini, Operations Director, SEIFSA (Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa)
  • Tanya Cohen, Lead Technical Advisor for Business on the NEDLAC labour relations stability and wage inequality task teams
  • Sivaan Marie, Human Capital and Transformation Director, Bidvest Foodservice
  • Verna Robson, Group Executive: Human Resources, Sun International
  • Marius Meyer, CEO, SABPP (SA Board for People Practices)
  • Gavin Hartford, Industrial Sociologist, Advisor, Mediator, Facilitator and Strategy Specialist, Stakeholder Solutions
  • Helen Diatile, National Chairperson for Education, NUM (National Union of Mineworkers
  • Hermann Nieuwoudt, Head of Employment and Labour,

    Norton Rose Fulbright 

  • Gideon du Plessis, General Secretary, Solidarity

Who should attend

​Professionals in charge of or involved in:

  • Human resources​
  • Human capital​
  • Employee relations
  • Industrial relations
  • Labour relations
  • Organisational development
  • Transformation
  • Legal
  • Contract
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Bargaining
  • Conflict resolutions
  • Unions​


  • ​​Manufacturing
  • Services
  • H​ospitality​
  • Mining
  • Education​​
  • Government​
  • Consulting - HR, Legal, Transformation​

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