“Definition – The process of adjusting or settling disputes in a friendly manner through extra judicial means. Conciliation means bringing two opposing sides together to reach a compromise in an attempt to avoid taking a case to trial”
At Conciliation a commissioner meets with the parties in dispute and explores ways to settle the dispute by agreement. The function of the Commissioner in this instance is that of a Mediator or Conciliator.
At conciliation a party may appear in person or only be represented by a director or employee of that party, office bearer or official of that party’s registered trade union or registered employer’s organisation. The meeting is conducted in an informal way.
Parties are encouraged to share information and to come forward with ideas on how their differences can be settled. The commissioner may also put forward suggestions.
Important to remember is that everything said during conciliation is “off the record” or confidential.
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In the event that conciliation in not successful and the dispute is not resolved, an employee will have 90 days to refer the dispute for arbitration.
In a Nutshell: Conciliation is used in labour disputes as a means to mediate or settle disputes through the intervention of a neutral party.
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