||The powers and functions of the essential services committee are to—
||monitor the implementation and observance of essential services determinations, minimum services agreements, maintenance services agreements and determinations;
||promote effective dispute resolution in essential services;
||develop guidelines for the negotiation of minimum services agreements;
||decide, on its own initiative or at the reasonable request of any interested party, whether to institute investigations as to whether or not the whole or a part of any service is an essential service;
||manage its caseload; and
||appoint the panels contemplated in section 70C to perform one or more of the functions set out in section 70D.
||At the request of a bargaining council, the essential services committee must establish a panel to perform any function in terms of section 70D(1).
||The essential services committee may request the Commission or any other appropriate person to conduct an investigation to assist the essential services committee in an investigation and to submit a report to it.
[Section 70B inserted by section 11 of Act No. 6 of 2014]