Location-based platform work in South Africa

Mapping the prospects of organising.


Agreements Database: Find collective agreements, recognition agreements and global framework agreements.


Multinational Corporations Database: Find financial, operational and governance information of 91 South African MNCs.


Actual Wage Rates Database: Find wages and conditions of employment across various industries.

A framework for negotiating better conditions at work

Conditions at work are the rules and conditions of service that apply to workers in policy and in practice. Some rules and conditions might be unwritten or even unspoken, even though they are accepted and enforced. Learn how to negotiate better conditions at work, no matter where the workplace is located, no matter what the status of workers, and no matter how unorganised workers are. 

CAMPAIGN: Decent work for women in precarious work

About nine million children from impoverished communities across South Africa get meals at school and can learn better because of the dedication of volunteer food handlers. Yet these workers (the majority are women) lack ideal conditions at work. LRS supports women in precarious work to have their jobs made visible, recognised, valued and remunerated.

Trade unions negotiating in value chains - The four mapping steps

 Effective trade unions act at all levels in the efforts to tackle inequality in value chains. Knowing where and how a company is situated in value chains can help the trade union understand how to best negotiate for better pay or conditions of work, and how best to direct organising efforts to build power in value chains. Learn the four steps in value chain mapping

Recruitment vs. Organising: What’s the difference?

Recruitment and organising are vitally important to trade unions. Distinguish between recruitment and organising by describing what a worker is likely to think about (the head), feel (the heart) and do (the feet). 

Inclusion and diversity in the world of work

Trade union negotiators need the tools to ensure that workers are protected and do not experience oppression and discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Learn how to bargain for equity.

Using labour law in bargaining

From retrenchment and unfair dismissal to discrimination and a company that makes unilateral changes to the terms and conditions of employment of workers, which labour laws for which problem?

Defining a just transition for Sub-Saharan energy workers

A just transition involves climate action that provides decent jobs and less hardship for workers and their communities. So, what can trade unions in Africa initiate, promote and demand? Explore our discussion paper for the Sub-Sahara Africa Energy Network (SAEN).


Solidarity and coalitions - a background to bargaining

Diverse coalitions hold great potential to further collective bargaining in the changing workplace. Here are some key actions that can create solidarity and make coalitions work for worker organisations.

Wages and conditions of employment

Being able to tell which agreements, determinations or laws cover particular workers is important. This guide will tell the shop steward the rights of specific workers and the institutions to approach when resolving problems at the workplace.

Organising and empowering young women workers

Young women workers in vulnerable forms of employment often lack awareness of the protections entitled to them. Access the resources that can boost the union’s efforts of raising awareness among young women members and their counterparts seeking jobs. The resources cover many of the key workplace issues for young women workers and are useful for the union that wants to tap into the creativity and energy that empowered young women members can bring to the organisation.