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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 I : Provisions for the Non-Metro Areas

35. Trade Union Access to Workplace



(1) Any office-bearer or official of the trade union party to the Council is entitled to enter the employer's premises in order to recruit members or communicate with members, or otherwise serve members' interests.


(2) The trade union party to the Council, is entitled to hold meetings with employees outside their working hours at the employer's premises.


(3) The members of the trade union party to the Council are entitled to vote at the employer's premises in any election or ballot contemplated in the trade union's constitution.


(4) The rights conferred by this section are subject to any conditions as to time and place that are reasonable and necessary to safeguard life or property or to prevent the undue disruption of work.


(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.


(6) Access to email and internet facilities for shop stewards will be encouraged, provided that such access shall be during shop stewards’ own time and dealt with in a manner that is not disruptive to production.