Employers may claim compensation against trade unions for damages suffered during protected strikes

The Labour Relations Act, 1997 ("LRA") provides certain protections to employees participating in protected strikes. These employees are protected against disciplinary action or civil legal proceedings for participating in protected strikes and discontinuing any payments in kind of accommodation, the provision of food and basic amenities of life during the protected strike. Participation in a protected strike also does not amount to a delictual act or a breach of contract. 


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