REPORT ON THE 1st AFRICAN LABOUR LAW SOCIETY CONGRESS
The 1st African Labour Law Society (ALLS) conference was held at Sun City, North West Province, South Africa, on the 7th September 2017. The Conference was held the day before the South African Society for Labour Law’s 20th Annual event. The operations were managed by the Secretariat of SASLAW.
The theme of the Conference was “African Perspectives on Labour Law: Theory and Practice”. The speaker line-up included eminent labour academics and practitioners from the continent. Prof Evance Kalula was the key note speaker and was instrumental in the formulation of the programme. Two Deans of Faculties of Law (Professor Avinash Govindjee and Professor George Mpedi) and the ILO Country Director of Southern Africa (Dr Joni Musabayana) also delivered thought provoking talks.
About the African Labour Law Society
During the World Labour Law Congress of the International Society for Labour and Security Law in September 2015 concerns were expressed as to the absence of a wider African voice. This prompted the arrangement of the inaugural South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Regional Labour Law Workshop hosted in Johannesburg on 21 July 2016.
With the backing of the ILO and the law firms ENSafrica and Bowman Gilfillan, 45 attendees from 11 African countries attended the workshop. During the event, work began on the compilation of a comparative matrix. It is hoped that this document can be developed into a more comprehensive publication which could ultimately serve the interests of labour law and human resources management practitioners, academics and students in the continent.