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Furniture Bargaining Councils

The previously known Industrial Councils are Statutory bodies that have been registered in terms of Section 29(15) (a) of the Labour Relations Act 1995, as Bargaining Councils. The purpose of this Act is to advance economic development, social justice, labour peace and the democratisation of the workplace.
The Minister of Labour has empowered Bargaining Councils through the appointed/designated agents of that Bargaining Council to promote, monitor and enforce compliance with any collective agreement concluded in that Bargaining Council.

  • to conclude collective agreements;
  • to enforce those collective agreements;
  • to prevent and resolve labour disputes;
  • to perform the dispute resolution functions referred to in Section 51 of the Act;
  • to establish and administer a fund to be used for resolving disputes;
  • to promote sound employment relationships between employers and employees in the Industry;
  • to promote and establish training and education schemes;
  • to establish and administer pension, provident fund, medical aid, sick pay, holiday, unemployment and training schemes or funds or any similar schemes or funds for the benefit of one or more of the parties to the Bargaining Council or their members;
  • to develop proposals for submission to NEDLAC or any other appropriate forum on policy and legislations that may affect the sector and area;
  • to determine by collective agreement, the matters which may not be an issue in dispute for the purposes of a strike or a lock-out at the workplace;
  • to confer on workplace forums additional matters for consultation;
  • to provide industrial support services within the sector; and
  • to extend the services and functions of the Bargaining Council to workers in the informal sector and home workers.

Employer Organisations

An Employer Association serves as the collective entity of employers (businesses) in an Industry and is therefore registered (in terms of the Labour Relations Act) as an Employers Organisation.
They represent their members in collective bargaining with Unions at Industry level. These negotiations take place at the Furniture Bargaining Council and include negotiations of wages and conditions of service for the majority of employers in our Industry.

  • Provides a telephone advisory service on all labour relations (IR) matters, e.g. disciplinary matters, retrenchments, disputes, interpretation of industry agreements and labour legislation.
  • Provides guidelines/examples of employment contracts, procedural and recognition agreements, picketing, Aids Policy, retrenchments.
  • Provides up-to-date information to members about labour related matters within the Industry and the South African Labour arena.

Trade Unions

Trade Unions are registered in terms of the Labour Relations Act as trade unions for employees in the furniture manufacturing industry.

National Union of Furniture & Allied Workers S.A.

  • Oldest Majority union in the furniture industry
  • Only Trade Union representing their members on all five Bargaining Councils
  • Parental funeral scheme
  • Legal advice and representation at the Bargaining Council, CCMA and established disciplinary hearings
  • CCMA and establishment disciplinary hearings
  • Any employee in the Furniture Industry may join this Trade Union
  • Sick Benefit society that offers the following services:
      • Doctor’s Benefits
      • Hospital Benefits
      • Spectacles Benefits
      • Confinement Grant
      • Dental Benefits
      • Funeral Benefits
      • Bursary Benefits

Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood & Allied Wokers Union

CEPPWAWU works towards reaching optimal agreements with employers in the industry on wages and other employment conditions on behalf of its members.

  • A professional, united organisation, which delivers, upholds and promotes social and economic welfare on behalf of its members
  • Independent Medical Aid
  • Funeral scheme
  • Independent provident fund
  • Representation in Labour matter
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