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Monitoring communications in the workplace

2018-02-22T13:54:36+00:00

The Regulation of Interception of Communication and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act, 70 of 2002 (RICA) has become more commonly associated with cell phone sim card registrations. It is a generally unknown fact that RICA deals extensively with, in addition to the above, communications in the workplace.

What RICA regulates in the workplace

RICA regulates an [more…]

Monitoring communications in the workplace 2018-02-22T13:54:36+00:00

Sugar Tax: “Unforeseen Consequences” for Confectionery Industry

2018-02-22T13:45:16+00:00

The South African Revenue Services says it will be engaging with the industry stakeholders through regional roadshows on the implementation of the Sugary Beverages Levy (SBL) which will come to effect from April 1, 2018.

The dates and regions for the roadshows are as follows (venues not yet confirmed):

Sugar Tax: “Unforeseen Consequences” for Confectionery Industry 2018-02-22T13:45:16+00:00

Agri SA can’t say if new minimum wage for farmworkers is fair as it doesn’t represent workers

2018-01-31T11:40:48+00:00

Business Report writes that agricultural sector association Agri SA on Wednesday said that it could not say whether the recent increase in minimum wages for farm and forestry workers was fair or not.

This was after the Department of Labour on Tuesday released the minimum wage rates for [more…]

Agri SA can’t say if new minimum wage for farmworkers is fair as it doesn’t represent workers 2018-01-31T11:40:48+00:00

Incentivise employers instead of fining them …

2017-12-06T00:59:05+00:00

Incentivise employers instead of fining them with amounts twice the value of the underpayment or twice the employee’s monthly wage, whichever is greater plus interest – Cofesa

Government needs to get the economy growing,  cancel the junk status credit rating and resolve state capturing before wage increases can be [more…]

Incentivise employers instead of fining them … 2017-12-06T00:59:05+00:00

CCMA has an eye on agriculture 18 000 more cases of a concern

2017-11-24T12:59:31+00:00

At a recent public meeting in Limpopo, a chief inspector of  the Department of Labour said that of  333 workplaces inspected 40 were not compliant with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

He said that an increase in CCMSA cases are also of concern. 18 000 more employers [more…]

CCMA has an eye on agriculture 18 000 more cases of a concern 2017-11-24T12:59:31+00:00

Refusal to accept retracted resignations does not constitute dismissal

2017-11-13T12:02:43+00:00

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has ruled that that the withdrawal of resignation cannot have any effect unless the employer consents to such withdrawal. The enforcement of the resignation is therefore not an unfair dismissal and applicants have no claim as a result.

In the case [more…]

Refusal to accept retracted resignations does not constitute dismissal 2017-11-13T12:02:43+00:00

Labour Department gets tough on Employment Equity Compliance

2017-11-13T11:59:10+00:00

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…]

Labour Department gets tough on Employment Equity Compliance 2017-11-13T11:59:10+00:00

New minimum wages and Code-Accord to resolve violent strikes

2017-11-07T09:51:48+00:00

A minimum of R20 per hour which translates into a monthly wage of about R3 500 for a 40-hour week, and about R3 900 for those who work 45 hours a week.

Further deliberation

The draft legislation will now be referred to Parliament for further deliberation, after which President [more…]

New minimum wages and Code-Accord to resolve violent strikes 2017-11-07T09:51:48+00:00

Metal workers to intensify wage strike at South 32

2017-10-07T09:43:14+00:00

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…]

Metal workers to intensify wage strike at South 32 2017-10-07T09:43:14+00:00

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

2017-09-19T08:27:04+00:00

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…]

South Africa’s collective bargaining system on a knife-edge 2017-09-19T08:27:04+00:00

Exclusive: Thousands of paint industry jobs at risk

2017-09-19T08:25:32+00:00

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…]

Exclusive: Thousands of paint industry jobs at risk 2017-09-19T08:25:32+00:00

Prosecute mining companies over fatalities, NUM exhorts

2017-09-07T09:03:39+00:00

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…]

Prosecute mining companies over fatalities, NUM exhorts 2017-09-07T09:03:39+00:00

Absent teachers “a serious problem” for the public education system

2017-09-07T09:04:26+00:00

The New Age reports that an average of 10% of teachers are absent daily at most South African public schools, which means that at a 40-classroom school, four classrooms remain unsupervised or other teachers have to step in.

Sick leave is the biggest and main contributor at 66%.  Funerals contribute [more…]

Absent teachers “a serious problem” for the public education system 2017-09-07T09:04:26+00:00

Metal engineering 2017 Wage Negotiations Update

2017-09-07T08:32:23+00:00

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 engineering 2017 Wage Negotiations Update 2017-09-07T08:32:23+00:00

UCT report argues new legislation needed to govern national minimum wage

2017-09-07T09:05:40+00:00

BusinessLive reports that a new report published on Thursday by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) labour and enterprise policy research group argues that new legislation will have to be drafted to ensure that the national minimum wage (NMW) is effectively implemented.

The NMW will be implemented from May [more…]

UCT report argues new legislation needed to govern national minimum wage 2017-09-07T09:05:40+00:00

State communications agency warns of fake social media advert for government jobs

2017-09-07T09:06:07+00:00

ANA reports that the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on Thursday urged people seeking employment to be wary of a fake job advert that was circulating on social media.

It listed vacancies at the GCIS, government departments and other organisations.  “We are warning the public about the fake advert [more…]

State communications agency warns of fake social media advert for government jobs 2017-09-07T09:06:07+00:00

Six firms set for court over employment equity and ‘misrepresentation’ breaches

2017-09-07T09:09:48+00:00

ANA reports that the Department of Labour (DOL) on Monday said it was taking six companies to court over breaches of the Employment Equity Act (EEA).

The department’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch is taking the companies to court for prosecution for failure to prepare employment equity plans [more…]

Six firms set for court over employment equity and ‘misrepresentation’ breaches 2017-09-07T09:09:48+00:00

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

2017-08-23T12:14:09+00:00

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…]

Metal and engineering sector in wage deal for 7% in 2017 2017-08-23T12:14:09+00:00