Where it all began..
SALDREP was founded shortly after 236 Part-Time CCMA Commissioners and Bargaining Council Panelists connected, borne out of need, when our livelihoods came under pressure as a result of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.
While personal need was the catalyst for many, it was a profound moment when hundreds of Labour Dispute Resolution Practitioners (LDRPs) from all over South Africa became “connected” and united towards a common goal. It is unprecedented because it was the first time since 1996, when the new South Africa’s labour law legislation and dispute resolution forums came into being, that such commonality was realised.
Within days of connecting remotely, a group called the PTCF (Part-Time Commissioners’ Forum) was formed. An early survey showed that over 80% of participants expressed the desire for establishing a Professional Body to represent the interests of independent Labour Dispute Resolution Practitioners. After deliberation among the leaders, SALDREP was decided on as the name for the Association with the term “LDRP” conveying a more inclusive umbrella term for all who preside over and resolve labour matters, whether operating exclusively at the CCMA, Bargaining Councils, Private Agencies, or any combination of these.
Are you a part-time mediator or arbitrator presiding over matters in the CCMA, a bargaining council or private agency? You may be eligible for full SALDREP membership, which is being offered free of charge for a limited time! Click on this link and take a moment to complete your membership form. We will be in touch!