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  • LACK OF SKILLED TRADES ARE HINDERING GROWTH

    Skilled trades have become the most difficult positions for companies to fill in 2014 overtaking engineering positions, according to the Manpower Group South Africa 2014 Talent Shortage Survey.

  • DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR TO CHANGE RACIAL REGULATIONS

    The Department of Labour's undertaking to reportedly do away with certain "draconian" racial regulations is a step in the right direction, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday.

  • LABOUR COURT ORDERS NUMSA TO CEASE STRIKE VIOLENCE

    The Labour Court has ordered the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and its members to immediately cease all "acts of violence, intimidation and lawlessness" against non-striking workers at the Ngqura container terminal, in the Eastern Cape.

  • CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION SECOND HIGHEST ACROSS ALL SECTORS

    Industry Insight's May Construction Newsletter reported that amidst weaker growth in construction, compensation of employees in the construction sector increased by an annualised rate of 9,9% (quarter to quarter), from 10,2% in the previous quarter, the second highest increase in compensation across all sectors. The highest was reported by the electricity and water sectors where compensation for employees increased by 11,1% even though its value added contribution slowed by 3,3%. Overall compensation for employees increased by 7,4% in 2013 Q1, from 9,2% in 2012 Q4.

  • NEW LABOUR DEALS FOR MEDUPI

    New labour agreements have been finalised with contractors and unions at the strike-prone Medupi and Kusile power-station sites in a bid to stabilise industrial relations and ensure that the projects meet their already revised delivery schedules.

  • NEGOTIATIONS RECONVENE

    The building industry negotiations, as announced by the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) a few weeks ago, will reconvene 3 June 2013. "Although the negotiations got off to a good start, a settlement has not yet been reached by the relevant parties involved," explained Arnold Williams, Secretary for the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).

  • BIBC TO LIQUIDATE ROGUE BUILDING CONTRACTORS

    The Building Industry Bargaining Council has announced its intention to take legal action against a number of non-compliant building contractors, to ensure that employees are protected. Although applying for liquidation is the last resort, the BIBC is very clear that they will begin proceedings against such contractors, as no further alternatives are available. "The ultimate goal is to ensure that employees receive the benefits lawfully due to them, so these contractors will be informed in advance of the BIBC's intentions before the actual application is made," said Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).