Socio-Economic Protests: S77 of LRA

Scope of Work

Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act seeks to protect protest action to promote or defend socio-economic interests of workers after giving disputing parties an opportunity to find a resolution through a NEDLAC process.

A Nedlac Standing Committee exists to oversee this process made up of social partners from Business, Community, Government and Labour.

S77 contact person

Tsholofelo Lelaka

Tel: 060 771 0473


Code of Good Practice: Protest Action To Promote or Defend The Socio-Economic Interests of Workers

The Nedlac Executive Council has recently approved a revised Code of Good Practice to regulate the operations of Section 77 of the LRA.

Section 77 Code of Good Practice on Protest Action to Promote or defend Socio-Economic Interests of Workers

Applications currently under consideration:

COSATU: Non-availability of reliable water and electricity supply in the Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality: Section 77 (1)(b) filed on 20 July 2022 

Applications that have been concluded:

COSATU, NACTU and FEDUSA: Public Transport Challenges: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 24 July 2020
SAFTU: Defence and promotion of Socio-Economic Interests of Workers and Working Class in General: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 28 September 2020

FEDUSA: Lack of Competency on the Leadership of Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA): Section 77(1)(b) filed on 14 February 2019
COSATU: Non-Trading Public Holidays: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 14 March 2019
NUMSA: Eskom, Independent Power Producers and the Defence of the Right to Strike: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 04 June 2019
COSATU: Economic Crisis: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 04 October 2019 (no certificate here-resolution was issued)

Cosatu: Violent Crimes in the Western Cape: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 11 September 2018
Cosatu: State of Public Transport in the Western Cape: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 14 February 2018

Cosatu: Renewable Energy and Closure of Coal Mines: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 21 June 2017
Cosatu: State Capture and Corruption: Section 77 (1)(b) filed on 17 July 2017
Cosatu: Economic Crisis in South Africa: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 21 August 2017
Amcu: Regulation and Implementation of Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act: Section 77(1)(b) filed on 29 August 2017