Industrial Relations

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.

Workplace Skills Plans and Annual Training Reports are often seen simply as compliance driven reports, something which many organisations treat with a begrudged attitude.

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.

South African employers report cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the upcoming
quarter. Of the 752 employers who participated in the telephone survey, 10% expect
to increase staffing levels, 5% forecast a decrease and 85% anticipate no change.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has expressed concern over the dismissal of
some cast members of television soap opera, Generations. The dismissal followed a
dispute over royalties and salaries with the SABC.

A stay away staged by cast members from the popular Generations soapie went too
far when the production company, Morula Pictures, decided to fire sixteen of the tv
show's leading actors.

About 220 000 National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)
workers in the steel and metal sector are downing tools in a nationwide strike
for a wage increase

Until its demand for a 12% wage increase is met, the National Union of
Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says 220 000 members will down tools in the
metals and engineering sector

After a five-month long strike mineworkers and employers have finally reached
an agreement which will see workers receive their R12 500 wage demand
over a period of three years.

On the eve of what is now commonly referred to as the annual strike season,
the Labour Appeal Court was once again called upon to consider a series of
complex issues which invariably arise within the context of the right to strike.

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