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The continued loss of jobs this year, including those recovered in the final quarter of 2009 is a cause for concern for the government and requires renewed action, President Jacob Zuma has said.

A delegation of Labour Department employees from around the country will next Wednesday, 30 May jet out on a two-week skills empowerment programme to Cuba. The 10 Employment Services Practitioners (ESPs) will be accompanied by 10 managers and the Mpumalanga Provincial Executive Manager.

The Department of Labour calls on taxi operators to register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) before the month end deadline. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is currently offering tax amnesty to small businesses including taxi operators with a turnover of R10 million. The amnesty is set to expire on 31 May 2007.

A George employer in the Western Cape was this week fined R7 000 by the Small Claims Court for failing to comply with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Act regulations. The UIF Act stipulates the payment of benefits to all employees.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has raised concerns about the rampant rate of discrimination in the workplace. "Although progress had been made at combating discrimination in the workplace, rising gender disparities in income and other forms of discrimination including age, sexual orientation and HIV and AIDS status were a cause for growing concern,' said ILO in a new report.

The Minister of Labour will soon announce a Sectoral Determination for workers in the tourism and hospitality sector. The determination follows a five-year investigation by the Employment Conditions Commission which surveyed 900 employers and more than 1000 employees in the sector.

The government has stuck to the six percent salary increase for the public sector during the wage negotiations as a result of urgent priority areas. "Government has taken account of all spending priorities including social development, addressing crime issues, infrastructure investment and better service delivery for the communities in the pursuit of a better life for all,' said the Minister for Public Service and Administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has alerted the public of con-artists posing as Labour inspectors, swindling both employers and the unemployed into paying money for non-existent UIF registrations. The UIF said the scam was detected in areas including Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria.

A 50 year old man appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court today, Wednesday, on charges of impersonating Labour Inspectors. Johan Van Staden's appearance occurred just weeks after the Labour Department's public warning on similar incidents of bogus inspectors extorting money from unsuspecting business owners in the East Rand area.

A three-day conference that seeks to harmonise and promote compliance with labour relations laws in the public sector is currently underway. Speaking at the conference, Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser Moleketi reiterated President Thabo Mbeki?s statement during the State of Nation Address that "compliance levels within departments have been somewhat mixed'.

Security industry workers have called on the government to introduce a minimum wage in their sector to address shortcomings in their conditions of service. The call was made by members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) during a march to the Labour Department regional offices in downtown Johannesburg.

Workers' rights are set to dominate the meeting of the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Governing Body in Geneva, Switzerland which ends on March 30. The meeting, started with a series of reports scrutinised by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana, as the new Chairperson of the ILO governing body, and his team.

The Department of Labour has stopped a cleaning operation at a business complex in Durban, as workers were not adequately protected from asbestos at the site. Spokesperson for the department Zolisa Sigabi said three workers of a private company were removing debris from an asbestos roof without the use of the necessary protective equipment.

The Department of Labour will revisit a number of farms in the Northern Cape to inspect workplace conditions there after being unable to do so in the time set aside last week. The department’s inspectors could not inspect 17 farms in Carnavon, Fraserburg and Van Wykvlei during its week-long inspection campaign as despite having made prior arrangements to visit them, they found gates locked or no-one on the properties when they arrived for the inspections.

South Africa and Namibia will embark in a joint-venture to improve the workplace conditions for workers. Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said the two countries would ensure that labour relations in both countries were harmonised for the purposes of addressing the violation of worker rights by multi-nationals.

As the farming sector workplace blitz inspections hit the Free State goldfields of Welkom, labour inspectors will be hoping the high rate of compliance with the labour laws they registered in Kroonstad recently is actually the trend. The scrutiny forms part of the government's workplace law enforcement drive to ensure that both workers and employers understand the various regulations and follow them to the letter.

The Department of Labour is set to take drastic measures against a Pretoria-based construction company for defying a prohibition notice ordering the company to stop all construction work at a site in Pretoria West. Spokesperson Zolisa Sigabi has condemned the company's apparent absolute contempt of labour laws.

The Department of Labour will conduct a second round of workplace inspections in the Free State, this time the department will be targeting farmers who do not comply with labour laws. Senior inspectors from the department will visit 17 farms in the Bothaville and Viljoenskroon areas of Kroonstad, to investigate whether employers are complying with laws governing farm workers’ wages.

Do you have a human resource development strategy? If not, follow these tips to up-skill your employees and meet the needs of the business.

industrial relations

Industrial relations can be described as a system comprising:
* inputs, derived from the goals, values and power of the actors within the system;
* procedures for converting inputs into outputs;
* outputs, comprising the financial, social and psychological rewards to employees;
* a feedback loop through which outputs flow back into the industrial relations subsystem and also into the environmental subsystems.

We’ve seen it again and again. The HR departments that get the best results from their skills training always do nearly all of the following.