About Us

The Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) is a bargaining council that serves the public education sector nationally and provincially.

The primary business of the ELRC is to promote the maintenance of labour peace in the public education sector, through the provisioning of dispute resolution and prevention services.

The secondary business of the ELRC is to promote the maintenance of labour peace in the public education sector through the facilitation of negotiations between trade unions and the state as the Employer.

The Parties to Council are the Employer Party and Trade Unions.


Representing the State as Employer is the collective made up of the provincial departments of education and coordinated by the Department of Basic Education.

Trade Unions



  • National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA)
  • Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU)
  • National Teachers Union (NATU)
  • Professional Educators Union (PEU)
  • Public Servants Association (PSA)
  • Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of Southern Africa (HOSPERSA) 


To improve the quality of teaching and learning through labour peace.


To provide quality services for excellence in teaching.


The values adopted by the Council are:

Professionalism: Promote behaviour that is generally accepted to be correct and proper;
Transparency: Ensure access to information by citizens;
Independence: The right to making informed decisions independently that minimise or avoid conflict of interest;
Accountability: Accepting responsibility for actions and decisions taken with allowance for corrective action and penalty for wrong doing;
Fairness and equity: Adjudication of grievances and disputes;
Social Responsibility: Respond to the social issues of the day; and
Efficiency: Delivery of quality services economically.


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