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Katie Van Der Schyff
+27 (83) 781 0588

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23 - 24 Aug 2023


All Day

Industrial and Employee Relations Conference

Latest trends, best practices and strategies in creating harmonious and productive working environments

The Industrial and Employee Relations Conference is an event dedicated to exploring the dynamic landscape of industrial relations and employee engagement. This conference brings together industry experts, thought leaders, HR/IR/ER professionals, academics and practitioners to discuss and share insights on the latest trends, best practices and strategies in creating harmonious and productive working environments. With its comprehensive agenda and diverse range of speakers, the conference serves as a valuable platform for attendees to gain knowledge, network and foster collaboration in the field of industrial and employee relations.

The Industrial and Employee Relations Conference is a must-attend event for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of industrial relations, employee engagement and effective communication. By attending this conference, you will gain valuable insights and expand your professional network. Stay informed, embrace new ideas and equip yourself with the tools and knowledge necessary to build stronger workplace connections and drive organisational success.


  1. Gain in-depth knowledge about the ever-evolving nature of industrial relations and learn strategies to effectively manage workplace dynamics, disputes, and negotiations.
  2. Discover innovative approaches to foster a positive work culture, engage employees, and empower them to contribute to the organisation’s success.
  3. Stay up-to-date with the latest legal and regulatory developments in industrial relations, including employment laws, labour policies, and compliance requirements.
  4. Explore communication strategies and conflict resolution techniques to address workplace conflicts, promote open dialogue, and build stronger relationships between employees, management, and labour unions.
  5. Understand the impact of technology on industrial relations and employee engagement, and explore how digital tools and platforms can enhance communication, productivity, and collaboration in the workplace.
  6. Learn from renowned speakers who will share their expertise, insights, and success stories in managing industrial relations, employee engagement, and conflict resolution. Gain valuable knowledge and practical strategies that can be implemented in your organisation.
  7. Participate in the interactive workshop and case study sessions designed to provide hands-on learning experiences. Engage in practical exercises, analyse real-world scenarios, and develop skills to address complex workplace issues.


  • Industrial, labour and employee relations managers
  • HR directors
  • Senior HR managers
  • Labour lawyers
  • Trade union officials
  • IR/ER Consultants
  • Academics/Researchers in the IR/ER field


22 August 2023 – pre-conference workshop
Negotiating to create value
Facilitator: Barney Jordaan, Professor: Negotiation, Conflict Management, Mediation, Vlerick Business School


Registration Fees:

Registration fees exclude VAT. includes speaker slides of the conference

Option A: 22–24 August 2023 • Two-day Conference, Pre-conference Workshop R9 775.00 (save R1 725.00)
Option B: 23–24 August 2023 • Two-day Conference • R7 000.00
Option C: 22 August 2023 • Pre-conference Workshop only • R4 500.00





Hourly Schedule

23 August 2023

08:50 - 09:00
Welcome and introduction by chairperson
09:00 - 09:40
Are unions still relevant?
09:40 - 10:20
How they got to their organisational purpose and living their organisational purpose (CASE STUDY)
10:20 - 10:30
Morning tea
10:30 - 11:10
What can be done to improve IR in the country?
11:10 - 11:50
Achieving Stability through Longer Term Wage Agreements
11:50 - 12:30
Restructuring leading to retrenchments is at the order of the day how do you foster IR/ER relationships in such an environment?
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:10
Can worker organisations survive the digital age?
14:10 - 14:50 International Speaker
Building and maintaining trust, improving collaboration and dealing with conflict
Barney Jordaan, Professor: Negotiation, Conflict Management, Mediation, Vlerick Business School
15:10 - 15:20
Wrap up day one

24 August 2023

08:50 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:40
Employee Relations in Hybrid Working environments - Managing Performance in remote / hybrid working practices
09:40 - 10:20
The 4-day work week – Fact or fiction?
10:20 - 10:30
Morning tea break
10:30 - 11:10
Recent labour court judgments of note
11:10 - 11:50
Hear from one of South Africa’s leading organisations about their experiences during these tough times and how they managed to overcome these challenges – case study
11:50 - 12:30
The art of managing Gig workers Implications for employee relations and the employment contract
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:10
Equipping your line managers to defuse possible clash points sources of conflict and clash points
14:10 - 14:50
Mastering the art of difficult conversations
14:50 - 15:00
Close and wrap-up of conference


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