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The General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC) was designated in terms of the PSCBC Resolution 10 of 1999 as the bargaining council of the general public sector. The GPSSBC was registered with the Registrar of Labour Relations on July 28th, 1999,and subsequently inaugurated on September 7th, 1999.

The GPSSBC was established to facilitate, amongst other:
Collective Bargaining
Dispute Resolution

The Constitution of the GPSSBC allows for the establishment of Chambers within the Sector (GPSSBC Constitution par. 13.9). GPSSBC Resolution 3/2004 allowed for the establishment of Chambers for the Provincial Governments and National Departmentswithin the Scope of the GPSSBC.
Objectives of the GPSSBC are to:
promote labour peace in the General Public Service Sector;
promote and maintain sound relationships between the employer and its employees;
negotiate and bargain collectively to reach agreement on matters of mutual interest;
provide mechanisms for the prevention and effective and expeditious resolution of disputes;
conclude, supervise and enforce collectiv eagreements;
comply with its powers and duties in terms ofthe Labour Relations Act and the Council's Constitution;
consider and deal with such other matters as may affect the interests of the parties to the Council;
promote the effective delivery of services to the community; and
promote effective communication between the employer, its employees and the trade union sin the General Public Service Sector.

The GPSSBC, along with the other sectoral bargaining councils, is the steward of the rights and obligations for the South African public service.
Clause 3 of the Constitution of the GPSSBC describes the scope of the Council as follows:
"The State, as employer, and its employees who fall within the scope of the PSCBC, and do not fall within the registered scope of the:

Education Labour Relations Council;
Public Health and Social Development Secto rBargaining Council; and
Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council.
Therefore the Parties to Council include the State as the Employer and the Trade Unions NEHAWU (National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union), POPCRU (Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union) and PSA (Public Servants Association).

The area and scope of operation of the GPSSBC is national, with provincial and national chambers.

The General Secretary acts as a full-time Accounting Officer of the GPSSBC with full oversight and authority over internal operations and staff. The core function of collective bargaining is a national competency influenced by the provincial and national chambers. The function of dispute resolution is centralised and insourced within the organisation with a wholly outsourced panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators.
Furthermore, in terms of Clause 5 of the Constitution, the GPSSBC has powers to engage in the following activities, amongst others, in the execution of its core operations:
Conclude and enforce collective agreements;
Prevent and resolve labour disputes;
Perform dispute resolution functions referred to in Section 51 of the Act;
Establish and administer a fund to be used for dispute resolution; and
Create an environment conducive to the provision of operational services by the PSCBC.
The practical result of the diverse Scope of theGPSSBC is that the Scope spans:
9 Provincial Governments,
93 Provincial Departments,
34 National Departments, and
305 000 Employees

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