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Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995)


National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry

Main Collective Agreement

Part C : Provisions for the KwaZulu-Natal Region

28. Access to and Organising Facilities on an Employers' Premises by the Trade Union



(1) Every employer shall permit duly accredited trade union officials who are so authorised in writing by the Council, to enter its premises in order to undertake bona fide union business provided that—
(a) the employer reserves the right of admission to its premises as proprietor or occupier thereof;
(b) such access shall be by prior arrangement with the employer;
(c) union officials comply with the employer's prevailing security, safety and health rules;
(d) meetings with employees are held outside their working hours.



(a) Every employer shall allow the distribution of the Union newspaper on its premises and shall provide the trade union with notice board facilities for the display of union notices, subject to the prior approval of the employer of every notice displayed.
(b) Should the employer not approve a notice or document which it is proposed to display or distribute, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, it shall be withdrawn from the employer's premises by the union immediately.


(3) Where available and commensurate with the individual circumstances and the size of an establishment, every employer shall provide to the union shop stewards reasonable facilities to enable them to discharge their bona fide trade union duties in respect of such employer, including the use of a telephone and a meeting venue, provided that the use of such facility shall be subject to prior permission being sought and obtained from the employer and that during normal working hours there shall not be unnecessary disruption to an employers operations.


(4) A document entitled: Guidelines for the Implementation of the Provisions of clause 28 of the Main Agreement, is available to employers and employees from the offices of the Council.


(5) In order to promote orderly industrial relations, the union party to the Council shall be entitled to on-site balloting facilities in order to conduct any ballot in terms of the Act.