South African Labour Law Mapping the Changes — Part 2: The History of Labour Law and its Institutions

Authors Paul Benjamin & Halton Cheadle

ISSN: 2413-9874
Affiliations: Extraordinary Professor, Department of Mercantile and Labour Law, University of the Western Cape; Director, Cheadle Thompson and Haysom Inc.; Emeritus Professor, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town; Director, Bradley Conradie Halton Cheadle
Source: Industrial Law Journal, Volume 41 Issue 1, 2020, p. 1 – 47


This article is the second part of a survey of South African labour legislation in the post-apartheid period. It examines the evolution of the law of unfair dismissal and the controversies surrounding the legislative protection of workers in non-standard employment in this period. Thereafter, it examines the impact of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 as a mechanism for achieving greater equality in the workplace and the contribution of the Unemployment Insurance Act 63 of 2001 to providing social security for working people.