Understanding the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Dispute Resolution System in South Africa: An Analysis of CCMA Data

Development Policy Research Unit DPRU Working Paper No. 09/137

88 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2012

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H. Bhorat

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Development Policy Research Unit

Kalie Pauw

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Development Policy Research Unit

Liberty Mncube

University of Cape Town

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Date Written: July 1, 2009

Abstract

This paper, while broadly located within reforming the labor market policy debate, is specifically focused on one aspect of the labor regulatory regime, namely the dispute resolution system. Hence, we attempt to understand the efficiency and effectiveness of the country’s institutionalized dispute resolution body, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). A better and more informed understanding of the nature of dispute resolution and its determinants, it would seem, remains central to any detailed debate regarding labor market institutions in particular and labor market regulation in general. Ultimately then, the study intends to empirically verify the patterns of dispute referral, settlement and determination regionally, sectorally and historically. It should be noted at the outset that this paper, possibly for the first time for South Africa, provides a detailed on economic and econometric analysis and interpretation of dispute resolution in the post-apartheid period.

Keywords: labour regulatory regime, dispute resolution system, commission for conciliation, mediation and arbitration (CCMA)

Suggested Citation

Bhorat, Haroon I. and Pauw, Kalie and Mncube, Liberty, Understanding the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Dispute Resolution System in South Africa: An Analysis of CCMA Data (July 1, 2009). Development Policy Research Unit DPRU Working Paper No. 09/137. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2184182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2184182

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