|Question: What is the Essential Services Committee and what are its powers?
The Essential Services Committee is established in terms of Section 70 of the Labour Relations Act.In terms of this section the functions of the Committee are:
- To conduct investigations as to whether or not the whole or part of any services is an essential service, and then to decide whether or not to designate the whole or part of that service as an essential service.
- To determine disputes as to whether or not the whole or a part of any service is an essential service, and
- To determine whether or not the whole or a part of any services is a maintenance service.