About Us

Progressive Industrial Relations was founded in 1987.

We provide advice, representation, training, support, planning and guidance in the following:

  • Discipline and dismissal in respect of misconduct
  • Discipline and dismissal in respect of incapacity
  • Retrenchment
  • Incompatibility
  • Disputes: wages, benefits and other
  • Strikes and lock-outs
  • Union recognition/organisational rights
  • Statutory compliance: Basic Conditions of Employment Act
  • Statutory compliance: bargaining councils
  • Statutory Codes of Good Practice
  • CCMA matters and processes
  • Employment Equity
  • Employment contracts
  • HR policies and procedures
  • HR audits
  • Mediation
  • Land rights mediation
  • Family disputes mediation
  • Divorce mediation
  • Labour disputes mediation
  • Wage disputes mediation

In addition, Progressive IR provides mediation and similar services.

Progressive IR is a member of the registered employers’ organisation: General, Domestic and Professional Employers’ Organisation (reg. no. LR2/6/3/311).

We have clients in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria.

Given their knowledge of HR/IR and EE matters and their experience in providing in-house training, the practitioners within Progressive IR decided, in recent times, to conduct workshops for the general SME and corporate public.

Due to the difficulties presented and the hurdles to be overcome at the CCMA in regard to discipline and dismissal and the threats directed to business concerning Employment Equity, we have decided to focus our workshops on these two areas.

The frequent and often far-reaching amendments the legislation are given special attention in our workshops and training sessions.

Greg Coombs  Soc Sc, PG Dip IR has been an independent practitioner for nearly 30 years.

Dr Richard Chernis BA (Hon), MEd. PhD has held senior management positions in the private and public sectors and has been involved in training and education for over 40 years.

Contact us:

Head office: Block E, 35 Intersite Avenue, Umgeni Business Park, Springfield, Durban

Greg Coombs: greg@progressive-ir.co.za or 083 629 9084

Gauteng office: 187 Brenda Road, Murrayfield, Pretoria

Richard Chernis: richard@progressive-ir.co.za@ or 082 376 1407

Our website includes a “WATCH-OUT!” section where we point out to our clients or other visitors to recent developments in case law or statutory amendments, to provide a heads-up to avoid pitfalls and the huge costs of such.

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