In many countries with which we do business, the labour laws that govern the employment relationship are very different from ours, and frequently adjust to the changing environment, which ours do not.
To provide readers with some examples:
• Our Arbitration Act was passed in 1939;
• The Trade Disputes and Protection of Property Act passed in 1943, with a few minor amendments in 1947;
• The Trade Union Act, in 1932, with a couple of amendments in 1943 and 1980;
• the Truck Act, in 1918, with adjustments in 1940 and 1982;
• Foreign Labour Contracts Act was passed in 1900;
• Workman’s Compensation, in 1960;
• The Industrial Relations Act, in 1972; and
• The Retrenchment and Severance Benefits Act, 1985.