COSATU welcomes the reopening of Optimum Coal Mine and the saving of 500 mine workers’ jobs

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes the reopening of Optimum Coal Mine and the saving of over 500 mine workers’ jobs.  This is a major victory for these workers, their families and the host communities of the Steve Tshwete and Nkangala Municipalities in Mpumalanga.  Optimum Mine has a potential output of 13.5 […]

Themba Hospital workers demand a security risk assessment

Capricorn FM News reports that healthcare workers at Themba Hospital in Kabokweni say they will return to work after a security risk assessment is completed at the hospital. Health services at the hospital were interrupted last week after health workers were allegedly assaulted by members of a business forum that is questioning tender processes at […]

Petra Diamonds to lay off SA workers as part of cost-cutting measures

Business Report writes that Diamond miner Petra Diamonds has issued retrenchment notices to employees at its South African operations as it intensifies cost-cutting measures while forging ahead with the disposal of its stake in the Koffiefontein diamond mine. Retrenchments and lay-offs have been prevalent in the South African mining industry in the past few months […]

COSATU raises concerns over SABC staff salary stagnation

SABC News reports that COSATU’s Acting National Spokesperson and Parliamentary Coordinator, Matthew Parks, has expressed deep concern over the lack of salary increases for South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) staff in recent years, despite high inflation rates. The public broadcaster has been facing financial difficulties amidst growing competition in the digital broadcasting landscape. Employees of the […]

We don’t foresee situation where we are unable to pay salaries: SABC

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SABC News writes that the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Group CEO Nomsa Chabeli says the organisation doesn’t foresee the possibility of staff salaries being at risk as the public broadcaster faces liquidity constraints. The SABC has been battling cash flow challenges in recent years amid an increasingly competitive broadcasting space in the digital era. This comes as the […]

POPCRU rejects 4.7% wage increase

EWN reports that Police union POPCRU (Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union) has rejected a proposed 4.7% wage increase. According to the union, the increase, which it rejected in 2023, falls far below inflation, which currently sits at 5.6%. POPCRU is accusing government of being arrogant towards public service workers. It added that unhappy members […]

COSATU rejects the proposed closure of 235 Post Office Branches

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) rejects the proposed closure of 235 Post Office Branches out of its existing 1 023 Branches of which currently 894 are operational. The Federation has been appalled by the shocking conditions imposed upon the 14 000 hardworking Post Office employees over the past few years.  Forcing workers to take devastating 40% salary cuts whilst the management […]


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The Communication Workers Union is extremely disappointed at the continuous undermining of the collective bargaining agreement by the SABC. The SABC Board and management continue to operate in bad faith playing delaying tactics in the 2023/2024 wage dispute. It took CWU three months to finalise the picketing rules and to be issued with a certificate […]