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Co-determination: Moving from adversarial labour relations to partnerships Seminar

Employee Relations in emerging economies

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One-day Seminar
The Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton | Johannesburg 14 November 2018

South Africa’s increasingly adversarial labour relations threaten the sustainability of companies and even entire industries. The latest indicators from the Department of Labour show that industrial action is on the rise. The number of strikes rose to a new high of 132 in 2017, an 8% increase from the previous year. The number of workers who participated in strikes climbed by an astounding 39%. The cost of strikes also rose dramatically, from R161 million in 2016 to R251 million in 2017.

To halt and reverse this alarming trend, a new approach is needed. Co-determination is a solution that offers a shift from conflict to partnership. This model encourages labour and management to work together in problem-solving and reach decisions through consensus to forge a clear path forward for the company.

If done well, co-determination improves trust levels, gives voice to minorities, repairs broken relationships and above all improves the process of decision-making within an organisation. In this way, it may prove a key factor in organisational success.

Successfully utilised in European countries such as Germany, Scandinavian countries and Spain and in Japan, it is high time the co-determination model be considered for South Africa.

Times are changing in the employment relations field. The stakes are high for the country and there is an urgent need for serious reflection and undertakings to do things differently. Co-determination has been talked about for many years – maybe it is time stakeholders make the necessary changes.

This one-day seminar will provide the ideal opportunity for IR and ER practitioners, trade unionists and government officials, HR and labour practitioners, lawyers and business leaders to keep abreast of latest trends and pertinent issues in the labour market and to participate in discussions to resolve some of the current employment challenges.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

It will be of interest and relevance to HR managers, IR managers, ER managers, thought leaders, strategic planners, decision-makers, businessmen and women, trade unionists, employees, employers, investors, religious leaders, politicians, academics and students, as well as concerned South Africans from all walks of life that are seeking a better place to live.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND

  • Explore the theoretical underpinnings of co-determination as radical transformation process
  • INTERSTATE BUS LINES CASE STUDY - STEP BY STEP EXPLANATION OF HOW TO IMPLEMENT CO-DETERMINATION IN YOUR ORGANISATION - Business as an Agency for Change
  • Unpack the legal future of labour relations in South Africa
  • South African Case Studies
  • How to build and enhance trust in a world where trust in institutions are at an all-time low
  • Find out how to move from conflict to partnership s
  • Applying an African spiritual consciousness approach

For more information about the Seminar, please contact Katie van der Schyff on +2711 706 6009 katie@knowres.co.za

Conference Programme

14 NOVEMBER 2018

07:30–08:30

Registration | Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources Registration Staff

08:30–08:35

Welcome and introduction by chairperson


08:35–09:30

Theoretical underpinnings of co-determination as radical transformation proce

Dr Rica Viljoen, Managing Director, Mandala Consulting (Co-editor of Co-determination: The answer to south Africa’s industrial relations crisis, published by KR Publishing 2018)

09:30–10:00

The legal future of labour relations in South Africa

Martie Bloem,
Lecturer in Private Law, University of the Free State


10:00– 10:30 Morning Break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry

10:30– 11:45

Business as an Agency for Change – INTERSTATE BUS LINES CASE STUDY
STEP BY STEP EXPLANATION OF HOW TO IMPLEMENT CO-DETERMINATION IN YOUR ORGANISATION

Henk van Zyl, Former HR Director, Interstate Bus Lines (Co-editor of Co-determination: The answer to south Africa’s industrial relations crisis, published by KR Publishing 2018)
11:45- 12:30

German Company on co-determination (Labour / Economics / Business)


12:30 - 13:30 Lunch | Engage in meaningful, learning conversations while enjoying a delicious meal

13:30 – 14:15

A Co-determination model for South Africa

  • Preconditions for co-determination to work in SA
  • Where to start?

PANEL:
Dennis George,
General Secretary, The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA)
Patrick Deale,
Labour Lawyer and Mediator, Deale Attorneys (author of The Power of Workplace Partnerships, published by KR Publishing 2018)

Facilitated by: Dr Rica Viljoen, Managing Director, Mandala Consulting (Co-editor of Co-determination: The answer to south Africa’s industrial relations crisis, published by KR Publishing 2018)
14:15 – 15:00

It is about Trust, Trust, Trust. Building and enhancing trust in a world where trust in institutions are at on all time low

Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba,
General Manager: Enterprise and Supplier Development at Netcare Limited: SA


15:00- 15:15 Afternoon break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry

15:15 - 15:30

Co-determination within the South African context – An African spiritual consciousness approach

Vusi M. Vilakati (BA, MA Theology and MPhil HRM)

15:30 - 16:15

From conflict to partnership

Patrick Deale, Labour Lawyer and Mediator, Deale Attorneys (author of The Power of Workplace Partnerships, published by KR Publishing 2018)

16:15–16:30 Wrap up and close of Conference
 

Speakers

Dr Rica Viljoen, Managing Director, Mandala Consulting Group
Rica is the Managing Director of Mandala Consulting, a niche organisational development company that specialises in transformational processes, organisational research and spiral dynamics. She is a master organisational development practitioner who focuses on large-scale organisational change and development. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the university of Johannesburg and Head of the Department of the Management of People Faculty of the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management. Her research has been published and presented internationally, and reached more than 42 countries.
Henk van Zyl, Former HR Executive Interstate Bus Lines
Henk Van Zyl, Former HR Executive Interstate Bus Lines. Worked for 36 years in the Passenger Transport industry and have extensive experience in HR and particular Employee relations on Company and Bargaining Council level.
Vusi M. Vilakati (BA, MA Theology and MPhil HRM)
Vusi is an Ordained Minister of religion, Adjunct Lecturer at Henley Business School, and a the UJ Young Leadership Development Programme facilitator. He is also a UJ PhD candidate in the programme Leadership in Performance and Change. He lectures on African leadership practice and facilitates leadership immersion for postgraduate management students at Henley. His experience covers diversity management facilitation, training on cultural intelligence, and contributor to the African consciousness discourse. His research interests include leadership coaching, social entrepreneurship and future-fit leadership for the economic and social advancement of Africa.
Patrick Deale, Labour Lawyer and Mediator, Deale Attorneys (author of The Power of Workplace Partnerships, soon to be published by KR Publishing 2018)
Patrick has worked in law and alternative dispute resolution for 25 years in a wide range of industries and sectors. As a senior legal executive for a listed company, he gained first-hand experience of the issues business managers and employees deal with day-to-day. Patrick co-founded Tokiso Dispute Settlement (Pty) Ltd in 2000, the largest private dispute resolution agency in the country, where he was full-time CEO for six years. He is a highly skilled and experienced labour negotiator, mediator, arbitrator and facilitator. He is a commercial mediator, coach and assessor, accredited by CEDA (UK). He also serves as Acting Judge of the Labour Court. He is the co-author of the Labour Relations Handbook, published by Juta, and has been a regular host of the Labour Line on Talk Radio 702. Patrick established Deale Attorneys to focus on the opportunity to improve and build successful South African business relationships, in partnership with business clients.
Martie Bloem, Senior Partner at Martie Bloem Labour Law Attorney and Lecturer in Private Law, University of the Free State
They specialise in providing Employment Law advice, chairing disciplinary hearings, handling strikes and strike negotiations, retrenchments and retrenchment negotiations, drafting of employment contracts and policies. In association with the UFS Business School they also provide tailor made training courses - "Be worth more".
Albert Wöcke, Professor and permanent faculty member at the Gordon Institute of Business Science
Albert has been on the GIBS faculty since 2000, where he joined after a career as a trade union official. As the assistant general secretary: collective bargaining, he headed up the collective bargaining functions of the union and was a founding member of the Public Service Bargaining Council and represented the labour movement in the public finance and Monetary Policy Chamber of Nedlac (the National Economic Development and Labour Advisory Council). Albert is a recognised researcher with a National Research Foundation (NRF rating of C3) and has published academic and other articles in South Africa and internationally. He is a member of the American Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business and the South African Institute of People Management. He regularly reviews for international and local academic journals.
Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba, General Manager: Enterprise and Supplier Development at Netcare Limited: SA
Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba (PhD: Wits) is the General Manager: Enterprise and Supplier Development at Netcare Limited: SA, the Director of the Netcare Foundation, a former Board member of the Health and Welfare SETA, and the Chairperson of the ETQA Sub- Committee of the HWSETA Board. He has over 15 years’ experience in several sectors of the South African economy including Aviation, Private Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality and Tourism, National Legislature and the Vocational Education and Training Sector.
Dennis George, General Secretary, The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA)
Experienced Secretary General with a demonstrated history of working in the insurance industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Negotiation, Politics, Policy Analysis, and Coaching. Strong business development professional with a Master's Degree focused in Technology and Innovation from The Da Vinci Institute. Including completing the PHD.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Keel Heubner+27 (21) 556 7663 or keel@avenue.co.za
   
   
   


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14 November 2018 | Co-determination : Moving from arbitrary labour relations to partnerships Seminar
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Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.
 
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