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Donderdag | 07 Maart | 2019 Staking moet berekenend en die lang wag werd wees

Die uiteinde van Amcu se drie maande lange staking by Sibanye-Stillwater is dat die verlies aan inkomste van die nagenoeg 11 000 stakende Amcu-lede teen die einde van Februarie 2019 op 'n gemiddelde verlies van R42 246 per stakende werker neergekom het. Dit beteken dat die werkers hulself armer staak omdat die staking hulle duidelik niks ekstra in die sak gaan bring nie.   Met die sogenaamde stakingseisoen op hande, sal vakbonde uit Amcu se swak oordeel moet leer en hulle deeglik vergewis van die verlies aan inkomste wat stakings meebring.   Wanneer werknemers tot 'n staking oorgaan, verbeur hulle
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Maandag | 03 Desember | 2018 NUM calls for Eskom board to step down as debt woes worsen

The Sunday Independent reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for the disbanding of the Eskom board after the power utility tumbled back into load shedding last week.  This came after Eskom warned that it was near collapse and its coal reserves were almost depleted.  The union said the board had failed to deliver a credible turnaround plan and sustainable business model.  NUM energy sector coordinator Paris Mashego claimed that the board’s 2035 strategic plan remained concealed in secrecy and he added:  “We, therefore, call upon President Cyril Ramaphosa to retire the current board, which has failed to develop a comprehensive
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Maandag | 03 Desember | 2018 Gold Fields’ South Deep mine faces prolonged strike after NUM rejects retrenchment package ‘sweetener’

Miningmx reports that the South Deep regional branch of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declined to accept an improved retrenchment package offered by Gold Fields.  This raises the prospect of prolonged strike action at the mine.  “I can confirm the offer was not accepted so it’s the status quo; it’s where we were,” said Sven Lunsche, spokesman for Gold Fields.  In addition to a retrenchment package sweetener, Gold Fields would have spread the impact of the no work, no pay over four months, while affected employees would also have been provided with portable skills training and a call back provision.  The incremental
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Maandag | 03 Desember | 2018 Mantashe calls on Sibanye-Stillwater to urgently resolve ongoing strike by Amcu members

ANA reports that Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe on Friday urged Sibanye-Stillwater to urgently resolve the workers’ strike currently underway at three of the company’s gold operations.  Mantashe met with Sibanye’s executives on Friday morning to receive a briefing on the strike and to also understand measures in place for its peaceful and swift resolution.  About 15,000 workers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) embarked on a protected strike at Sibanye from Wednesday last week after an impasse in wage negotiations.  The union is demanding minimum basic salaries of R12,500 per month, plus R1,000 increments every year for
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Maandag | 19 November | 2018 NUM, with Numsa and Cosatu, marches in Pretoria against Eskom’s plans to retrench workers

ANA reports that more than 100 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members marched on Saturday to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to hand over a memorandum protesting against Eskom’s plans to retrench workers.  The marchers were joined by members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and union federation Cosatu.  On Wednesday, the state-owned power utility announced that it had started a process to retrench workers at executive management level.  Eskom furthermore reportedly plans to retrench 7,000 workers through voluntary severance packages over the next five years.  NUM president Joseph Montisetsi said government was misleading the country about jobs created through the
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Maandag | 19 November | 2018 March by thousands of EFF members on Thursday in Tshwane to demand jobs

ANA reports that thousands of Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) members marched to Rosslyn Industrial Park in Pretoria North on Thursday, demanding job opportunities for South Africans citizens, and a minimum wage of R12,500.  “We made it very clear that we are not here to play when we applied for this march.  These demands are serious, these demands are bread and butter, they are the lives of our people.  Employment is very rife, we have got people who are here imported from other countries … our people are not employed,” deputy regional chairperson Leofi Leshabane remarked before reading out a memorandum of demands.  “Our demands
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Maandag | 19 November | 2018 Dis-Chem apologises after striking Nupsaw workers cause disruptions at some stores

ANA reports that Dis-Chem has apologised to customers and fellow retailers for the inconvenience experienced at a few shopping centres this past weekend after some workers went on strike and protested at outlets.  The company said in a statement on Sunday that following the industrial action initiated by the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw), which had apparently involved only a small percentage of employees, Dis-Chem shops around the country operated as normal throughout the weekend.  Nupsaw declared a national strike on Friday.  About 300 workers demonstrated at the Midrand distribution centre on the day, but according to the company,
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Maandag | 19 November | 2018 South Deep smuggles in workers by night to bypass NUM strikers

Bloomberg reports that Gold Fields is having to sneak maintenance teams into its South Deep mine after protesters shot at vehicles trying to enter the site, where workers have been on strike since 2 November 2018.  Small teams of essential workers are using secret entrances to enter the mine and sometimes have to be smuggled in during the night to pump water, monitor equipment and undertake general maintenance work, said company spokesperson Sven Lunsche.  Protesters fired live ammunition at vehicles trying to enter South Deep and petrol bombs were recovered at one of the shaft entrances, the company stated.  Workers embarked on a
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Vrydag | 16 November | 2018 Samwu to continue with West Rand shutdown, says premier has agreed to place district municipality under administration

News24 reports that workers at the embattled West Rand District Municipality say they will not budge until all their demands have been met.  On Wednesday, they embarked on a march and handed over a memorandum to the office of Gauteng Premier David Makhura, calling on him to deal with their grievances.  According to SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) spokesperson Bongani Mgcina, the acting premier, education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, received the memo and made a commitment to respond within seven days.  However, Mgcina was adamant that they would continue with their shutdown until all their demands were met, including that their third-party funds such
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Vrydag | 16 November | 2018 Lonmin deal must deliver on social and labour plans, communities tell Competition Tribunal

BusinessLive reports that local communities have complained to the Competition Tribunal about a veil of secrecy around the proposed merger of Lonmin and Sibanye-Stillwater.  On Wednesday, the final day of the tribunal’s hearing on the proposed merger, they warned that an already volatile situation would be stoked if 13,300 expected job losses were not mitigated.  The merger is billed as the saving of Lonmin, but it will bring job losses, significantly affecting local communities, including Marikana.  Affected communities asked the tribunal for tighter conditions to ensure the companies could not shirk social obligations under their social and labour plans (SLPs), which are development
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