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Industrial and Employee Relations Seminar

New realities, new challenges and new approaches

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One-day Seminar
The Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton | Johannesburg 30 October 2019

The latest indicators from the Department of Labour show industrial action is on the rise. The number of strikes in SA rose to a new high of 132 in 2017, that’s an 8% increase from 2016. In addition, 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.

This rising level of industrial action and unrest in SA is a major cause of concern for investors and investor confidence. To mitigate this risk, organisations need to be more strategic in their approach to Industrial Relations (IR). Issues such as the poor socio-economic conditions of workers, inter-union rivalry and violent strikes resulting in job losses need to be addressed.

The speakers and topics at our upcoming Industrial Relations Seminar have been carefully selected to reflect the latest trends in the South African industrial relations landscape. This one-day seminar will focus on the changing IR environment – new realities, new challenges and new approaches. It will also 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 the latest trends and pertinent issues in the labour market and to participate in discussions to resolve some of the current employment challenges.


WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

  • Learn about the impact of current labour trends on business and future business sustainability
  • Find out how to foster IR/ER relationships in an environment of restructuring that leads to retrenchments
  • Learn more about responsibility during a strike? CASE STUDIES – post mortem on 2 strikes
  • How Mercedes Benz SA made co-determination work CASE STUDY
  • How to manage and control workplace bullying CASE STUDY
  • Get insights on the role of line managers in employee relations – CASE STUDY
  • Learn how to protect your business and avoid costly legal battles

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND

  • Industrial, labour and employee relations
  • HR Directors
  • Senior HR Managers
  • Legal Advisors
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Public and private sector
  • Government from municipal to national level

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

Seminar Programme

30 OCTOBER 2019

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


08:35–09:15

The impact of current labour trends on business and future business sustainability - The future of our labour relations and economic landscape is shaped by what we do right now

Chris Jacobs, Director | Employee Relations Specialist, OIM International

09:15–10:00

Restructuring leading to retrenchments is at the order of the day how do you foster IR/ER relationships in such an environment?

Joseph Kgasago,
Group Employee Relations Manager, The Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd


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

10:30– 11:15

Right to strike, but what about responsibility during a strike? CASE STUDIES – post mortem on 2 strikes

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

11:15- 12:30

How Mercedes Benz SA made co-determination work CASE STUDY

Abey Kgotle, HR Director, Mercedes Benz SA

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

13:30 – 13:45

Workplace bullying CASE STUDY
Bullying not easy to resolve – Generally bullying will be recognised as harassment and therefore unfair discrimination


Dr Angela Du Plessis,
Mediator, Labour Relations and Organisational Development Consultant

13:45 – 14:30

Comair case study – how they have transitioned from an Industrial Relations function to an Employee Relations function that is well integrated throughout the Comair business

Reshika Singh,
Employee Relations & Talent Acquisition Head, Comair


14:30- 14:45 Afternoon break | Enjoy coffee/tea and snacks and connect with leaders from across the industry

14:45 - 15:30

Labour Landmines – Learn how to protect your business and avoid costly legal battles

Ivan Israelstam, CEO, Labour Law Advice (Author of LABOUR LANDMINES: 99 WAYS TO WIN AT THE CCMA, Published by KR, April 2019)
15:30 Wrap up and end of Seminar
 

Speakers

Abey Kgotle, Executive Director: HR, Mercedes-Benz
Abey Kgotle, Executive Director of Human Resources at Mercedes-Benz South Africa, joined the company after a 10-year stint at platinum mining company Lonmin, which he left after working his way up to become the Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining Lonmin, he worked in human resource management roles at GrafTech South Africa, City of Johannesburg, Samancor Manganese and Denel. He has extensive experience in human resource management, labour relations, community investment, and stakeholder relations. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the North-West University and a Masters Diploma in Human Resources from the University of Johannesburg.
Chris Jacobs, Director | Employee Relations Specialist, OIM International
Chris Jacobs has consulted widely in a range of industries, both locally and abroad, since 1988. During this time, he gained an impressive 26 years’ experience in OIM’s proven performance improvement methodology. His fields of expertise include conflict resolution, management-union relations, the establishment of employee engagement tools, strategic planning and execution, and diversity management. He has successfully led projects in these areas at clients such as Anglo Platinum, Anglo Gold, Samancor, Khumani Assmang, Oceana, Woolworths, Tiger Brands, British American Tobacco, Distell and Barloworld. He was, for example, the chief facilitator of the peace process during the much-publicized violence and disruptions at Anglo Platinum in 1997. To this day Anglo Platinum is using some of the measures Chris and his team put in place.
Ivan Israelstam, CEO, Labour Law Advice
Ivan is the Chief Executive Officer of Labour Law Management Consulting. He is known as a leading practitioner in labour law and pragmatic labour relations management with many years’ experience in corporate industrial relations management. He writes a weekly column for the SA Labour Guide and has been a CCMA Commissioner and is the Chairperson of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Labour Affairs Committee. With over 25 years’ experience, he brings competitiveness and unique approach to addressing Labour laws. He is the author of “Labour Landmines: 99 Ways to Win at the CCMA”, recently published and released by KR. He also authored “Walking the New Labour Law Tightrope”, “Labour Law for Managers Practical Handbook”, “Making Workplace Forums Work” and “The Gold Future or the Cold Future.” Ivan speaks on television and radio and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. In recognition of his contribution in this field Ivan has been featured in “Who’s Who in Southern Africa”. He has an honours degree from The University of the Witwatersrand and an IPM diploma in Personnel Management and in Training.
Dr Angela Du Plessis, Mediator, Labour Relations and Organisational Development Consultant
Angela specialised in Social Work at the Workplace and has had a number of roles over the years, including Company Social Worker, CCMA Commissioner, Organisation Development Consultant and Mediator. She was invited to start the first postgraduate course in Occupational Social Work at Wits and ran an Honours and Masters Programme for 10 years. She consulted widely during this time to the Mining and Financial Services sectors.
Reshika Singh, Employee Relations & Talent Acquisition Head, Comair
Reshika moved on to aviation where the proverbial aviation bug bit, and she has been with Comair for the last 16 years. Reshika is an admitted attorney with 17 years’ experience in the HR field. Her key focus entails delivering practices that support the achievement of both HR and Company strategic objectives. Her current role entails formulating the strategic direction in line with organisational strategy. This includes the delivery of talent acquisition, onboarding, employee relations, industrial relations, employee wellbeing and employer branding services to the business.
Patrick Deale, Labour Lawyer and Mediator, Deale Attorneys (author of The Power of Workplace Partnerships, to be published by KR)
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.
Joseph Kgasago, Group Employee Relations Manager, The Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd
Joseph joined The Foschini Retail Group which is in the retail sector over 6 years ago. Prior to that, he had a three-year stint in the Labour Law Consultancy field where with a portfolio of approximately 50 clients in different industries and sectors ensuring inter-alia South African employment law compliance and Employee Relations strategies are aligned with business strategies. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Law from the University of Pretoria and recently obtained a certificate in Labour Dispute Resolution Practice from Stellenbosch University in collaboration with the CCMA. In 2018 he was the only person amongst other candidates selected through Business Unity South Africa to partake with professionals from Asia in a Training Management Programme in Osaka, Japan. A course offered by the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS). Joseph has extensive experience in dispute resolution at the CCMA, stakeholder relations, employee relations strategies, policy drafting and is au fait with labour laws and dispute resolutions in Sub-Saharan countries like Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Lesotho.

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


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30 October 2019 |  Industrial and Employee Relations Seminar
R4 500.00 excl. VAT

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  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
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