Question: Are essential and maintenance services restricted to the public sector or can such services be designated in the private sector?
The Labour Relations Act does not distinguish between the public and private sectors in regard of essential and maintenance services. Accordingly such services could exist in both the public and privates sectors. International experience however suggests that such services (and essential services even more particularly) are found mainly in the public sector.Local experience suggests the same with the majority of currently designated services being in the public sector (see question 23). However, there has been an increase in referrals to the Essential Services Committee from private sector employers in the more recent past.