SACTWU signs new wage agreement with SEE sector

SABC News writes that the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), which is an affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has signed an agreement following negotiations with the Supported Employment Enterprises sector.

The new agreement comprises of improvements relating to wages, healthcare, and housing allowances. “We have managed to agree to a settlement offer, which will equate to just over 11%. But if you break it down, the amount on wages would be about 5.3 %, you have R50 towards housing allowance, and then the medical aid solution is just over 4 %,” says SACTWU’s spokesperson, Magdalene Jacobs.


Expert opinions on NHI Bill still split

Cape Argus reports that long lines and hours spent waiting to access emergency specialist healthcare at public hospitals could be a thing of the past if the government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill becomes law. At the core of the NHI is a National Health Insurance Fund that will pay private hospitals and healthcare practitioners […]