The South African government has raised its concern that it has limited capacity to intervene in strike action which has the capability of crippling the economy and forcing South Africa into a recession. Currently, the Labour Relations Act allows for mediation and arbitration but it is not binding – employers and unions have to agree to it. The Department of Labour is currently considering the introduction of ‘interest arbitration’ – where arbitrators make a binding ruling on parties if the settlement of the strike is in the broader public interest. Interest arbitration is used in a number of other jurisdictions, for example, Canada.