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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1979. Industrial Conciliation Amendment Act No 94

Following the recommendations of the Wiehahn Commission of the same year, this act set up an Industrial Court "which was to busy itself with the interpretation of labour laws, and to hear cases of irregular employment practices such as contentious dismissals, wage disputes and the legality of strikes" (Davenport 1987: 443). Together with the LABOUR RELATIONS AMENDMENT ACT of 1981, it thus "made it possible for blacks to participate in the legal machinery set up for collective bargaining" (Dyzenhaus 1991: 47, note 35).

It also allowed "Africans other than contract workers to form their own trade unions" (Davenport 1987: 443); thus it, "opened the way for the rapid growth of black trade unions in the course of the 1980s" (Rich 1996: 171f).

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