Industrial Relations Court

The Industrial Relations Court is established under Article 91(1) of the Constitution of Zambia Chapter 1. Currently, there are two Courts, one situated at Lusaka and the other at Ndola.

The Industrial Relations Court established under part XI of the Industrial and Labour Relations Act Cap 269 of the Laws of Zambia.

The Court has original and exclusive jurisdiction in all industrial relations matters such as:

  • inquiring into and making decisions in collective disputes
  • interpreting the terms of collective agreements and recognition agreements, and
  • generally adjudicating upon any matter affecting the collective rights, obligations and privileges of employees, employers and representative organizations

The court is composed of:

  • a Chairman
  • Deputy Chairmen; and
  • not more than ten members as the Minister of Labour may appoint

The Chairman and Deputy Chairmen shall have the same tenure and security of office as a Judge of the High Court.