Become A Member

See below to find out what you receive as a fully paid up member of UDESA

Why Join?

Effectively managing and being fully compliant with the ever increasing complex pieces of legislation that affect daily business operations within the South African context ( i.e. Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995; Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 etc.), is paramount in order to avoid costly delays and interruptions to daily business operations.

Small, medium or large – no matter the size – companies and their employees need to not only be aware of the specific requirements of each piece of legislation but also how it may impact them (the employees and the company) specifically and the industry as a whole. However, not every company has the resources or infrastructure available to them in order to devote sufficient time and money to successfully meet the challenges facing them with regards to these issues. UDESA is geared to providing much needed support in this regard.

Membership Fees

All your company pays is a small annual membership fee (no joining fee), with membership entitling you to:-


  • A Membership Certificate
  • Representation at the C.C.M.A. and / or relevant Bargaining Councils (by a relevant executive committee member).
  • Seminars and training addressing relevant labour issues.




Members have access to the following:

  • An information pack containing the following to help get you started:
    • Basic contract of employment
    • Basic Payslip
    • Attendance registers
  • Information sessions regarding relevant labour related issues
  • Training via e-learning and podcasts
  • Collective power (to discuss with and submit relevant matters to the authorities)
  • Right of representation by experienced fellow members at the CCMA and Bargaining Councils
  • Additional services provided by experienced fellow members at reasonable rates.


UDESA members benefit from access to a select panel of service providers, who have many years’ experience working within the CCMA, Barganing Councils, Labour Courts etc. These service providers are available to consult with their fellow UDESA members . Their skill set is not only highly developed within the sphere of human resources and industrial relations but incorporates all aspects of effective business management.

Some of the services provided include (NOTE: Separate fees are charged by the individual service provider at an additional rate, to be discussed directly with the provider):

  • Labour law issues
  • Setting up a Company Code of Conduct
  • Setting up a Company Policy & Procedure manual
  • Setting up a Disciplinary Code of Conduct
  • Setting up a Grievance Procedure
  • Dispute Resolution and related processes
  • Workplace Negotiations
  • Strikes / Lockouts
  • Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)
  • Retrenchment Procedures
  • Dealings with Trade Unions
  • Training & Development of employees in a wide range of workplace skills

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