About the African Labour Law Society

During the World Labour Law Congress of the International Society for Labour and Security Law in September 2015 concerns were expressed as to the absence of a wider African voice.  This prompted the arrangement of the inaugural South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Regional Labour Law Workshop hosted in Johannesburg on 21 July 2016.

With the backing of the ILO and the law firms ENSafrica and Bowman Gilfillan, 45 attendees from 11 African countries attended the workshop.  During the event, work began on the compilation of a comparative matrix. It is  hoped that this document can be developed into a more comprehensive publication which could ultimately serve the interests of labour law and human resources management practitioners, academics and students in the continent.

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REPORT ON THE 1st AFRICAN LABOUR LAW SOCIETY CONGRESS

The 1st African Labour Law Society (ALLS) conference was held at Sun City, North West Province, South Africa, on the 7th September 2017. The Conference was held the day before the South African Society for Labour Law’s 20th Annual event. The operations were managed by the Secretariat of SASLAW.

The theme of the Conference was “African Perspectives on Labour Law: Theory and Practice”. The speaker line-up included eminent labour academics and practitioners from the continent. Prof Evance Kalula was the key note speaker and was instrumental in the formulation of the programme. Two Deans of Faculties of Law (Professor Avinash Govindjee and Professor George Mpedi) and the ILO Country Director of Southern Africa (Dr Joni Musabayana) also delivered thought provoking talks.

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Comparative African Labour Law Matrix

Affiliated to the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL)

www.africanlabourlawsociety.org

 Comparative African Labour Law Matrix (2nd ed)

During the World Labour Law Congress of the International Society for Labour and Security Law (ISLSSL) in September 2015 concerns were expressed as to the absence of a wider African voice in the fields of labour and social security law.  This prompted the arrangement of an inaugural Regional Labour Law Workshop hosted in Johannesburg on 21 July 2016 and the subsequent establishment of the African Labour Law Society (ALLS). During these events work began on the compilation of this Comparative African Labour Law Matrix.

This is the second draft of the Matrix and comprises of 16 questions in respect of 12 African countries. It is one of the goals of the ALLS to expand this document by including more questions and more African countries to the Matrix. Distinct appreciation must be expressed to the following representatives who prepared contributions for their respective countries:

 

Botswana                          Moemedi Tafa

Burkina Faso                      Emmanuel  Yonli

DR Congo                          Theodore Kasongo Kamwimbi

Gambia                             Bede Okorie

Kenya                               Dr Ken Nyaundi

Lesotho                            Justice Malebona Khabo

Mauritius                          Professor Prakash Torul

Namibia                            Ruben Philander

Nigeria                             Kehinde Aina (updated by Fayo Adeleye)

South Africa                      PAK Le Roux (updated by Tungamirai Kujinga)

Swaziland                         Maduduza Zwane

Uganda                             Donald Nyakairu

Zambia                             Dr Beele (assisted by Chanda Chungu)

Zimbabwe                         Dr Pamhidzai Bamu-Chipunza (assisted by Yassin Nhara and Rutendo Mudarikwa)

 

Special thanks is also extended to Clare Fincham from SASLAW for her secretarial assistance and to Tungamirai Kujinga (from the University of Pretoria) for his coordinating role with the compilation of the Matrix. This document is also available on the following web site www.africanlabourlawsociety.org

Stefan van Eck                                                                                 10 January 2018

President of the African Labour Law Society

Vice President, Africa Region of the ISLSSL