Wage calculator

Our wage calculator will help you with wage negotiations. The calculator will tell you how much a percentage increase is an amount of money. The calculator will help you understand the effect of inflation on the wage increase.


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.

Decent Standard of Living Measure

The median income of people who have all 21 socially perceived necessities is R7 911 per person, per month (September 2021). This is the amount associated with a decent standard of living per person in South Africa.

An introduction to wage bargaining

What you will learn: How to build a wage; approaches to dealing with inflation;  simple formulas for calculating percentages and money amounts; communicating with workers during the process.

Inflation Monitor - A resource for negotiators

A simplified version of
inflation data tailored for
trade union negotiators
in South Africa.


The LRS Negotiator's Guide | Leading ideas from each of the chapters of the Guide

The Negotiator’s Guide is for working-class leaders – shop stewards, organisers and negotiators – who share a desire to be effective representatives of workers’ interests. This video presentation contains the leading ideas from each of the chapters of the Guide. 

Get the full version of the Negotiator’s Guide (PDF).

Bargaining Benchmarks helps trade union negotiators to enter negotiations as informed and strategic role players.

Six bargaining strategies for the present and future

Trade unions have the power to shape the reality and future of work. Know how to develop the right strategies for the trade union.  

Using the law to support bargaining strategies

16 common workplace challenges and the labour laws that could help you deal with the situations.

Labour Research Service – Over 30 Years Working for Workers

National Minimum Wage Campaign.

Know more about our history participating in the minimum wage debate in South Africa.


The equity bargaining process

Collective bargaining can promote equity in the workplace and address the entrenched misconceptions about the role of women workers. The trade union negotiator aims to extend the bargaining agenda to include the issues that reflect the intersection of the private area of family/home and the public area of work.

Learn how to  approach the equity bargaining process.

A trade union guide to saving jobs

This guide is intended to help trade unionists think through a plan to save jobs at companies. The guide  describes strategies for minimising the impact of retrenchments when they are unavoidable.

Decent Standard of Living (DSL) research

An introduction to the Decent Standard of Living threshold and the Decent Standard of Living Index

What you will learn:

This is what you need to live a decent life, a life without struggle.

There are more ways to live a decent life than just through money

Applying a DSL measure towards a coherent policy design

LRS model agreement

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