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Name: Labour Relations Act, 1996 (No. 16 of 1996) (Cap. 54:01).
Country: Malawi
Subject(s): Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1996-05-23
Entry into force:
Published on: Gazette, Supplement, 1996-07-05, No. 4C, 25 p.
Labour Relations Act, 1996 (sections 1 to 25)
Labour Relations Act, 1996 (sections 26 to 79)
ISN: MWI-1996-L-44859
Link: https://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex4.detail?p_isn=44859&p_lang=en
Bibliography: Gazette, Supplement, 1996-07-05, No. 4C, 25 p.
Labour Relations Act, 1996 (sections 1 to 25)
Labour Relations Act, 1996 (sections 26 to 79)
Act on-line Act on-line Malawi Investment Promotion Agency (MIPA), Malawi PDF PDF (consulted on 2010-04-12)
Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Malawi Legal Information Institute, Malawi PDF PDF (consulted on 2012-07-12)
Abstract/Citation: Part II provides for the freedom of association. No person shall be required to join a trade union or shall be discriminated against for joining one. Trade unions may not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, sex, disability or religion. Part III covers registration of trade unions. Part IV relates to collective bargaining and organizational rights. If employers refuse to enter into collective bargaining, the Minister may establish an industrial council. Part V concerns dispute settlement. Disputes shall be settled in the Industrial Relations Court. Should this fail, parties may engage in a strike or lockout, provided they are not an essential service. Persons engaged in strike or lockout activities in conformity with the Act are immune from civil proceedings. Employers shall not hire replacement labour for striking workers. Part VI establishes a Tripartite Labour Advisory Council; Part VII relates to the Industrial Relations Court.
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