International Expert for Business Eswatini’s Annual Labour Law Seminar 2024

Having announced that they will be hosting their highly anticipated labour law seminar, Business Eswatini has, by popular demand, lined up experienced Industrial Relations expert and CEO of Employment Relations Exchange, Ms. Nerine Khan. The CEO has been actively involved in advising governments and organizations on formulating inclusive and sustainable wage policies.

In a statement released to this publication, BE CEO, E. Nathi Dlamini said they are extremely excited that the specialist will be coming back to Eswatini to share her wealth of insights spanning over many years in the industrial relations space. He also stated that the labour market was dynamic and a major determinant for the success of any business enterprise.

The seminar is themed “Embracing Change in the Workplace”. Explaining the rationale for the theme, Mr Dlamini said there are many topical issues which necessitate critical discussions between employers and employees as a result of the changes in the work environment. These issues inevitably influence productivity and ultimately place the government in the best position to formulate informed policies. 

“We, therefore, encourage all stakeholders to join us in this seminar because over and above having a dialogue on important topical issues, participants benefit from valuable insights on emergent issues and trends within the industrial relations space.”

“As the landscape of labour laws evolves, keeping abreast with the latest developments of the international labour market becomes imperative for both employers and employees,” he noted.

The seminar is expected to draw professionals such as business leaders, trade unions, human capital practitioners, labour market experts, legal minds, industry experts and policymakers from across the country to attend.

The seminar will have a particular focus on topics such as an evaluation of the Eswatini Collective Bargaining Framework; Constructive, Meaningful and Informed Negotiation; Strikes and Lock Out, as well as the effectiveness of NEDLAC as a social dialogue forum lessons for Eswatini.

It will also look at the National Minimum Wage Debate where there will be an update on what employers have been working on so far, which will entail discussions on progress and the next steps. Another focus will be the Labour Law Updates 2024 Legislation and Case Law.

Joining Nerine on the podium for the seminar is Mr. Zweli Jele, a partner at Robinson Bertram who is also a heavy-hitter in advancing workers’ rights and constructive employer-employee relationships.

BE notes that attendees are guaranteed of a thought-provoking session which Mr. Jele is well-known for in the legal fraternity. In previous instalments, he has well-articulated developments in relevant cases relating to matters of collective bargaining in the workplace among many others.

The seminar will be held on 29 February 2024 at the Royal Villas Hotel and registration is still open.  Dlamini disclosed that BE has started to receive an overwhelming number of bookings as has always been the case. He encouraged interested participants to book early due to the limited spaces available.

The organization urges those who are interested to visit the BE social media pages to secure their spot soon to avoid disappointment. “We have had, on many occasions, been forced to turn back delegates due to space limitations. I hope we do not have to do this ever again”, he said.

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