On Wednesday 18 February 2015, further proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Act, No 66 of 1995 were introduced and referred to the Portfolio Committee on Labour. 

These further amendments seek to heighten the accountability of trade unions in the event of violence, destruction to property and intimidation by union members during a protected strike.

The amendments will also empower the Labour Court to declare the cessation of a protected strike or to refer the protected strike for arbitration in the event of riot damage.

Given the large incidences of violence and intimidation which have plagued strikes over recent years, these further amendments are to be welcomed.