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Labour Department gets tough on Employment Equity Compliance

In July this year, 72 JSE-listed companies were identified as the subject of employment equity reviews by the Department of Labour Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES). As a result of this process, the IES has announced that 50 JSE-listed companies, including the JSE, have been found to [more…]

Metal workers to intensify wage strike at South 32

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday vowed to intensify the strike against Australian miner South 32 in Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal, after a marathon negotiation session to resolve the strike was deadlocked.

The global mining company has an aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, South [more…]

South Africa’s collective bargaining system on a knife-edge

South Africa’s centralised collective bargaining system is at a critical “turning point”, with the sustainability of the current model being widely questioned in light of growing opposition to the extension of wage settlements to non-parties to the negotiations.

Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa operations director Lucio Trentini reports that the recently [more…]

Exclusive: Thousands of paint industry jobs at risk

Thousands of jobs and the future existence of South African based paint manufacturers are at risk because of a government decision to negotiate the abolition of Chapter 39 import duties, specifically resins, from the East African Community (EAC) and Egypt.

The abolition of the duties is linked to the [more…]

Prosecute mining companies over fatalities, NUM exhorts

City Press reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said after five workers were killed at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine that mining companies get away with minor sanctions over fatalities when they should face full prosecution.

“Investigations are done after every incident, but we never know what happens [more…]

Metal engineering 2017 Wage Negotiations Update

Information details of the wage agreement recently concluded between SEIFSA and NUMSA and other unions under the auspices of the MEIBC:

  1. It is important to note that implementation of this agreement is only compulsory for members of the affiliated associations to SEIFSA.
  2. If you are not a member of SEIFSA and its affiliates, then there [more…]

Metal and engineering sector in wage deal for 7% in 2017

Reuters reports that unions said on Tuesday they had agreed to a three-year wage deal for metal and engineering sector workers, ending weeks of difficult negotiations and averting an industry strike.

Employers’ body Saefa (SA Engineers’ and Founders’ Association), which is a former affiliate of the Steel and [more…]

Employment declined by 48,000 in first quarter of 2017

Stats SAFin24 reports that according to data released by Statistics SA on Tuesday, employment shrank by 48,000 jobs during the first quarter of the year.

The decline was driven by decreases in trade (1.5% or 32,000 jobs), business services (1% or 23,000 jobs), community services (0.3% [more…]