Industrial Relations

Parliament has welcomed the announcement of the implementation date of the National Minimum Wage saying it is a step in the right direction to closing the country’s inequality gap.


Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has met with Gold Fields executives as part of efforts to resolve the current impasse, where the company wants to retrench over a thousand workers at its South Deep mine.

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has expressed concern at the potential loss of 300 jobs at Afro World View News Channel after MultiChoice SA did not renew its contract on Monday.

The Gautrain extension project has the capacity to create more than 211 000 direct jobs, says Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi.

Recent strikes and protests regarding South Africa’s new national minimum wage have brought to the fore the challenge faced by those who were tasked with setting it.

More than six million workers are expected to benefit from the National Minimum Wage when it is introduced, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

The South African Police Service management has asked all striking 10111 workers to return to work no later than Friday, 29 September, or face disciplinary steps.

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New national minimum wage gets closer to implementation with release of Nedlac report.

South Africa’s Domestic Worker Sector will receive a new upwardly adjusted minimum wage with effect from 1 December 2016.

With security in the mining sector in South Africa running into the multi million bracket each month, industry experts say tensions between business and local stakeholders need to be better managed to foster sustainable business and economic growth.

Employment in the formal non-agricultural sector decreased by 0.2% in the first quarter of 2016, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Monday.

The South African government has committed to introducing a national minimum wage. At present minimum wages are set in various specific sectors but there is no minimum wage legislation which applies to all employees in South Africa.

In October of last year we received a call from one of our regular clients who was keen to be quoted for a negotiation workshop for their shop stewards.

The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources has called for a coordinated approach in dealing with benefits that have not been paid to deserving ex-mineworkers.

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) says it has accepted the current facilitator’s proposal regarding salary increases for more than 250 000 municipal employees.

The South African Post Office (SAPO) plans to shed more than 5000 jobs.

The Department of Labour is set to begin a national consultative process with the wholesale and retail industry on a new multi-year minimum wage adjustment structure.

Gripped by five strikes since 2011, and narrowly escaping a sixth in March, the SAPS situation highlights the need for good negotiation skills for businesses and consumers.

Acting Public Service and Administration Minister Nathi Mthethwa says government is only prepared to increase public servants salaries by 5.8 percent.

Unemployment remains high amongst black South Africans compared to other races, Statistician General Pali Lehohla said.

The input of farmworkers will be taken into consideration when a decision is made whether or not to implement the national minimum wage, says Lumka Yengeni, Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour.

Opportunities for job seekers are expected to be strongest in the manufacturing, transport and communication sectors among others.

The implementation of the Employment Tax Incentive Act has resulted in 270 000 young people getting jobs ever since its inception, the National Treasury said.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says there are early indications that government’s
Employment Tax Incentive, which was introduced earlier this year, is attracting buy-in
from employers.


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