The relationship of labour relations on entrepreneur’s firm’s performance in Gauteng South Africa

Lecage, Themba Sebolao
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This study looks at labour unrest at automobile manufacturing plants in Gauteng South Africa. It is a qualitative study whereby management representative’s, workers and trade union representatives were interviewed about their challenges about their relationship in the workplace. Solutions are then discussed amongst the various stakeholders and a futurist view is then given to the researcher about the relationship. The idea of this topic came because of the high labour unrest in South Africa and the worry was its impact on private companies especially in the motor manufacturing industry where global markets play an essential role in terms of demand. Trade unions in South Africa have played a pivotal role in dismantling apartheid injustices in the workplace. Trade unions now in a democracy have to find their new sense of purpose in a democratic South Africa while protecting worker’s rights at the same time. This balance becomes very difficult especially with the current economic climate in South Africa. Entrepreneurs in South Africa are sceptical about hiring large amounts of labour in South Africa due to the threat of trade unions at their workplace. All of this becomes the fear of the unknown and a balance of power then erupts at the workplace and entrepreneurs fear the worst in investing in factories in the country because of this. This study finds the balance between these two powerful forces on how best can they work together so that ultimately more jobs can be created and the economy can benefit in the long run. This study opens the stereotype mind-sets people have of each other as a country and helps us find the common goal in achieving the best results for our companies and country.
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, University of the Witwatersrand, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Management specialising in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, Johannesburg 2019
Lecage, Themba Sebolao (2019) The relationship of labour relations on entrepreneur's firm's performance in Gauteng South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, <>