We live in a fast-changing world. The workplace has not escaped these rapid changes, especially in this age of globalisation and trade liberalisation. Workplaces have had to restructure in order to compete effectively in the global market and as such the role of the labour relations officer is indispensable. Everything related to the individual and his or her interaction with the work environment is the labour relations specialist’s field of study.
The study of workplaces as complex organic or sociotechnical systems, by which individuals and groups achieve some balance between the demands of the work situation and their own goals, is one of the elements of the subject. Furthermore, Labour relations also looks at the study of working groups (formal and informal), and their systems of relationships, aims and beliefs, particularly where these contrast with those of management.
The study and analysis of the comprehensive field of labour/employment relations as well as labour legislation forms an integral part of the subject group. Labour relations also focuses on the study and analysis of the interaction of individuals and groups in the work and non-work areas of life.
- APS of 24
- Mathematics Level 3 (40-49%)
Sites of delivery
- Labour relations specialist/practitioner -The provision of expert advice both in an organisational as well as a consulting capacity. This will include, among others, managing discipline and dismissal, dispute settlement, collective bargaining, dealings with trade unions, CCMA and Labour Court cases, employment conditions, and training and development.
- Analyst - Students can also study Labour Relations Management to prepare for a career providing insight into market trends as an analyst. These analysts may apply their knowledge of human behaviour to develop marketing strategies.
- Researcher, teacher or lecturer.