Agricultural sector remains crucial for employment creation

Financial Mail reports that while South Africa’s agriculture has had a rough start to the year, characterised by El Niño-induced drought, the employment conditions remain encouraging. The data recently released by Stats SA shows that employment in primary agriculture lifted by 6% year-on-year to 941,000 in the first quarter of 2024. This is also up […]


Following a three-week strike, the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has reached an agreement with Rustenburg Local Municipality to end the three week long protected strike at the municipality. The protected strike, which began on 6th May 2024, arose from longstanding grievances concerning the municipality’s categorisation.  Our members in the municipality had for many […]

Operations at Harmony’s Phakisa mine suspended following deadly blast

SABC News reports that Harmony has reported that an employee died at its Phakisa mine in Welkom in a blasting incident. The mine says all blasting operations have been temporarily suspended following the incident. It says the relevant authorities have been informed and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy as well as, labour representatives […]

Pikitup obtains interdict against striking contract workers

EWN writes that waste management company Pikitup has obtained an interdict against striking workers. The contract workers downed tools last week, demanding permanent employment at the entity. The strike has affected operations at depots including Norwood, Selby, Marlboro, Randburg and Diepsloot. Public order police have been deployed to the affected depots. Pikitup spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi said the […]

Eastern Cape healthcare workers troubled by violence at hospitals

SABC News writes that the Eastern Cape Department of Health has raised concerns about high levels of violence at hospitals in the province. The Department’s Deputy Director-General in Clinical Services Dr Mthandeki Xamlashe says the situation has become unbearable as healthcare workers have also indicated they fear for their lives. The workers maintain they are often threatened […]

COSATU welcomes the positive agreement to reopen Lily Mine and recovery of the bodies of the three workers trapped

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes the positive agreement reached between government led by the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr. Gwede Mantashe, with the Business Rescue Practioners (BRPs) and the former owners of Lily Mine, Vantage Goldfields to reopen Lily Mine.  This agreement accompanies the Minister exercising his power to […]

Popcru welcomes danger pay hike for Special Task Force (STF) members

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News24 reports that on Thursday, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) welcomed the increase in danger pay allowances for Special Task Force (STF) members of the SA Police Service (SAPS), but the union added that it still had reservations. Earlier in the week, Popcru lamented what it called a “brain-drain”, which had reached critical […]

Steel sector wage increase talks continue

SABC News writes that labour unions and employers in the steel sector are back at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council for the last round of the 2024 wage talks. Workers belonging to NUM and Numsa want a wage increase of seven percent coupled with non-financial benefits. However, employers organised under the Steel and […]

Transport Investment workers seek intervention over unpaid salaries

SABC News reports that workers at Northwest Transport Investments are calling for the National Department of Transport to intervene after going four months without salaries. The State-Owned Entity (SOE) is facing financial challenges and is under business rescue. It has had long-standing issues including failure to submit annual financial statements, and non-payment of licenses and […]