group of people protesting, holding up white placards

Strikes in South Africa are as ‘normal’ as warm weather. However, strikes have more recently occurred less frequently probably due to the reluctance of unions to weaken the employer and to spark resulting retrenchments. In the light of this partial mindset change the Massmart strike that has entered its second week is somewhat unexpected.

NUMSA members protesting

On Thursday the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) confirmed that they have readed an above inflation wage agreement which would see workers’ salaries increase by 6%.

Metal Worker with gloves

Since October 5 there, It is estimated that the steel and metal industry has lost more than R500 million in revenue. This as workers in the industry have been striking around the country for an 8% increase.

A metal worker welding

Earlier this month the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa called a nationwide strike of all its members. The cost of the strike so far is estimated at R500 million and this figure continues to rise daily.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is calling for a national strike on Thursday, October 7th 2021. They are calling on their workers to join their marchers or to stay away from work.

Metal workers

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) have today began with their planned nationwide strike. It is expected that more than 430 000 workers will participate in the nationwide strike.

NUMSA Strike coming

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) has said it will be going ahead with a plan for a nationwide strike which will continue until all their demands are met.

Government has stepped in to resolve conflict in the Western Cape's taxi industry. The conflict has affected public transport in the province, and led to several deaths. 

protesting employees

Whether employers, who issue provisional ultimatums to employees who participate in unprotected strike action, may subsequently dismiss employees who comply with the ultimatum. 

 Labour law provides scant protection for employers. That is the opinion of Ivan Israelstam. This week Ivan explains why he holds that opinion, and gives advice to employers on how he believes they should react, and protect their businesses going forward.


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