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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Interpret and apply collective agreements 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114307  Interpret and apply collective agreements 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Human Resource Management and Practices 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Human Resources 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this Unit Standard is able to examine and provide the interpretation of collective agreements. The focus is on how collective agreements are applied to the workplace and to interpret possible non-compliance relating to the collective agreement at a workplace.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing how collective agreements are established.
  • Describing the collective agreement extension process.
  • Interpreting to whom collective agreements apply.
  • Describing the different elements contained in collective agreements. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The learner undertaking this Unit Standard should be competent in Mathematical Literacy and Communications at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Collective agreements are specific to identified sectors in South Africa.
  • Collective agreements include workplace and industry level agreements. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the process of concluding collective agreements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The role of registered trade unions in the collective bargaining process is explained with regard to concluding a collective agreement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The role of the employer representative in the collective bargaining process is explained with regard to concluding a collective agreement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The process involved in concluding collective agreements is described using real examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    5. The role of a mediator in facilitating the process of collective agreements is explained using real examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    The legal effect of collective agreements in terms of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The roles of the parties that are bound by the collective agreement concluded in terms of the LRA are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The period for which the collective agreement binds parties is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The extension of the scope to include additional parties to a collective agreement is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the process of resolving disputes on collective agreements in terms of the LRA. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The available options to resolve disputes and the importance of including a Dispute Resolution procedure in a collective agreement are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The Dispute Resolution procedure relating to the application and interpretation of a collective agreement is explained using a real situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The criteria for referring a collective agreement dispute regarding the integration and application of a collective agreement is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the process and requirements for concluding an agency shop agreement in terms of the LRA. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The statutory threshold requirements to conclude an agency shop agreement are identified using real examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The parties to an agency shop agreement are identified using real examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The process of challenging the representivity of a trade union in an agency shop agreement is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The process of terminating an agency shop agreement is described using real examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe the process & requirements used in concluding a closed shop agreement in terms of the LRA. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The statutory threshold requirements needed to conclude a closed shop agreement in terms of the LRA are identified using real examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The parties to a closed shop agreement are identified in terms of their respective roles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The process of challenging the representivity of a trade union to a closed shop agreement is described using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The process of terminating closed shop agreements is described using examples. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA,or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge underpinning the above specific outcomes is:
  • Knowledge of the different types of collective agreements.
  • Knowledge of specific terms and conditions of employment agreed to in a collective agreement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where definite differences between the provisions of collective agreements and what is being applied by an employer occur. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with individuals and teams in order to understand the detail written into collective agreements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities so that correct, specific information from an employer for comparison purposes is gathered. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and identify information supplied by an employer and interpret legally worded clauses in an agreement in order to accurately convey them to affected parties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with an employer with regard to the content of a collective agreement. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  93993   National Certificate: Labour Relations Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  61592   National Diploma: Human Resources Management and Practices  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  61729   National Diploma: Policing  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Business Management Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    2. DC Dynamic College of Commerce & Further Training (Pty) Ltd 
    3. GLOBAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS 
    4. IQ Academy (previously known as Fernwood Business College) 
    5. MSC Education Holdings Pty Ltd 
    6. T & T Appointments 



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