Unemployed agriculture graduates dumped by department plead with Ramaphosa for intervention

The Star reports that over 5000 assistant agricultural practitioners (AAP) left hanging after the Department of Agriculture and Land reform terminated graduates’ contracts, are hoping that the president will come to their aid and reinstate them to their jobs. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development developed a program for three months to […]

SAMWU and Matjhabeng Local Municipality negotiations

News24 reports that a stalemate between municipal workers and management has reached crisis proportions, with management rejecting a hard-negotiated settlement. The workers declared they stand united and will fight until the end. They state they will also withhold their vote on 29 May unless Thaduxolo Khalipha is removed as executive mayor of the Matjhabeng Local […]

COSATU eagerly awaits implementation of two-pot retirement system

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EWN writes the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) says it is eagerly awaiting the implementation of the new two-pot retirement regime. From 1 September, pension fund members will be allowed to access the savings portion of their pension, once a year. On Monday, the National Treasury published amendments to legislation governing the retirement funds of […]

NEHAWU SIGNS A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA ENDING THE STRIKE

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has reached an agreement with the University of Pretoria after a protracted strike characterised by highhandedness by the untransformed university management. The agreement was signed today, Monday 11th March 2024. The parties agreed on the following: ● That the Employer will positively adjust the salaries of employees […]

Judgment upholds right to work

IOL News reports that a recent judgment by the Labour Court confirmed the current untenable position that many working-class South Africans find themselves in: being unable to retire comfortably at the standard age, and thus having to work beyond retirement. In Seokwane v Bidvest Prestige Cleaning Services, the Labour Court found that a general worker […]

Billions in budget deficits force SARS to abandon wage deal

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IOL News writes that the South African Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Edward Kieswetter told unions representing its employees that the taxman’s funding deficits between R2.35 billion and R3.5bn over a three-year period forced him not to fully increase salaries by 6.2%. This has emerged in papers filed at the North Gauteng High Court after Sars […]

COSATU welcomes the progressive 2024 increase in the Basic Conditions of Employment Income Threshold

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes the progressive 2024 increase in the Basic Conditions of Employment Income Threshold with effect from 1 April 2024.  The Threshold will increase from R241 110.59 to the amount of R254 371.67 per annum or R21 197.64 per month from R 20 092.55 previously.  This inflation-based increase is important to […]

Health department fails to pay security contractor

Ground Up reports that dozens of security guards working at hospitals and clinics in Nelson Mandela Bay are still waiting to be paid their January salaries by their former employer. The company, Xhobani Security Services, says it can’t pay until the provincial Department of Health pays its outstanding debt of R3-million. Xhobani Security Services ended its […]