Parliament is to debate the submitted amendment bills with respect to the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. The one important issue is that it is currently placed in the legislation there is no need for a secret ballot of the unions members before a union embarks upon a strike. The proposed amendments outline the necessity for a trade union to conduct a ballot vote of all its members in good standing who are entitled to strike in respect of that particular issue. This amendment calls for a majority vote in favour of a strike before a union can legitimately go on the strike. This issue is important as on many occasions unions embark upon strikes without a majority support. The statistics tell us that when union members come out to picket it’s normally less than ten per cent of those who are entitled to picket.