The SA labour relations system is under severe strain. However, while some blame the system itself and the regulatory framework that supports it, this contribution suggests that the system itself is essentially sound and that a large part of the blame should be laid at the door of the economic actors within the system. No law can ensure that its good intentions are supported and pursued by those who are subject to it, whether this involves driver behaviour, the provision of credit of labour law. Only a fundamental shift in mind-set and behaviours can do that. This contribution looks at some of the factors that contribute to the apparent failure of the system to deliver the collaborative promise espoused by the Labour Relations Act and suggests a way forward towards attaining that ideal.
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