A critical analysis of violent strikes in South Africa.
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Violence during strikes is a major problem in South Africa. As time progresses, details of violent strikes are becoming more prevalent and alarming. Violent strikes impact the economy and investment. In addition, violent strikes wreak havoc in the workplace, disrupting business, posing a threat to human life, employment security, and property. This dissertation analyses the laws that regulate strikes. It will be argued that the Constitution and the Labour Relations Act are premised on peaceful strike action. Therefore, this dissertation will consider the social, political and economic factors that cause strikes to become violent as well as factors such as casualization and non-standard employment and its link to strike violence. This dissertation will also consider solutions available to deal with violent strikes which are comprised of legal mechanisms and how employers and employees can adapt their negotiation skills to avoid violence.