SACTWU declares dispute in Carpets Sector

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), has declared a dispute in the Carpets Sector. The dispute comes after three rounds of wage negotiations and a settlement has not been reached. After the third round the matter was referred to Conciliation, which took place yesterday, 26 July and the matter is still unresolved. The members will now be consulted and the way forward will be determined.

Like many of the sectors in the Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather industry, this sector also has a multi-year agreement. Employers are offering 7.5% for the first year and 7.% for the second year. The union is demanding 10% for the first year and 11% for the second year. Approximately 600 workers, nationally, from 6 factories will benefit from this agreement. Increases were due on the first of July 2018. We are determined to fight for a living wage for our members.

ConCourt rules against labour brokers

IOL News reports that labour unions are celebrating a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judgment on Thursday that ruled in their favour regarding the status of labour brokers in employment contracts. The case involved the interpretation of section 198A(3)(b) of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and whether the section stipulated a “dual employment relationship” between an employee, the company and the labour broker or a “sole employment relationship” between the worker and the company once a period of three months had elapsed.  The ConCourt ruled that for the first three months of a placement, the labour broker was the employer.

After that period, the company where the employee had been placed by the labour broker became the “sole employer”.  This means companies will be obliged to provide former temporary employees with permanent contracts if the initial three-month period is extended.  The court said the legislation should be interpreted in the context of fair labour practices as laid down in the Constitution and the ultimate purpose of the LRA.  The case was brought to the ConCourt on appeal by Assign Services and respondents included the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa).

by Zintle Mahlati

NUM rejects wage offers by the gold producers

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) together with other three unions met with the gold producers today and presented response on offers presented by employers last week. The mandate from NUM members is that the offers in their current form are totally rejected.

The NUM is demanding that  the companies improve their offers, as the union has not shifted or dropped off any of its initial demands. The NUM still demands R9 500 for surface workers, R10 500 for underground workers and 15% for miners, artisans and officials.

Minerals Council grilled at wage talks over gold mining

Mining Weekly reports that the third round of gold mining sector wage negotiations took place on Wednesday, at which the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) was peppered with questions by unions seeking to gain clarity about feedback on their demands. The MCSA (previously known as the Chamber of Mines) was representing AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony, Sibanye-Stillwater and Village Main Reef, while employees were represented by Solidarity, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

The MCSA was further requested to put an end to its “tendency to provide erratic statistics since this merely creates distrust about the integrity of its figures, which almost led to the derailment of negotiations previously in 2015”. The various mining houses made presentations regarding their financial situations.  Chief gold negotiator Motsamai Motlhamme urged the unions to narrow their demands, particularly non-wage demands, so that the producers could focus on improving wages “within the context of affordability”. Negotiations will resume on 1 August.

Unions warn of strike by road freight drivers

BusinessLive reports that trade unions representing workers in the road freight and logistics industry have warned of a strike that could affect key industries in SA’s economy. The action could encompass cash-in-transit guards, couriers and truck drivers.  A wage dispute between parties at the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI) has been referred to the CCMA for conciliation.  The parties will apparently engage on 1 August and should no agreement be reached by 17 August, a strike certificate might be issued.

In wage talks that commenced on 4 June, workers demanded 32% wage increases across the board for three years, coming to 10.6% each year from 2018, while employers offered 18%.  Unions also tabled a precedent-setting demand that foreign nationals be limited to 25% of the overall employees in each company in the sector.  For cash-in-transit employees, the unions want employers to hire extra security and for minimum wages to be increased to R20,000 a month due to the dangers faced on the job.  The wage demand truck drivers amounts to R15,000 a month.

by Theto Mahlakoana

Trade unions to respond to wage offer in the gold sector

MiningWeekly writes that trade unions are expected to formally respond to wage offer tabled by gold producers when the third round of negotiations resume on Wednesday in Boksburg east of Johannesburg. Gold producers tabled an opening offer of a three-year wage proposal ranging from 5.5% and 6.5% for underground employees, and between 3% and 4.5% for miners, artisans and officials.

Unions tabled opening wage hike demands ranging from R9 500 to R12 500. Majority union in the gold sector, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) tabled an entry-level R9 500 for workers employed on the surface, R10 500 entry level for underground workers and 15% across the board for officials.

Ref: ANA

Transport union threatens Bombela with Gautrain wage strike

BusinessLive reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) said in a statement on Tuesday that it would be giving Bombela‚ operator of the Gautrain‚ 48-hours’ notice of its members’ intention to embark next week on a protected strike. “This comes after the majority of Untu members working for the Gautrain voted in favour of a strike at a Untu mass meeting that was held at the Midrand station yesterday [on Monday]‚” said Steve Harris‚ the union’s general secretary.

According to the union, Bombela has offered an 8.5% salary increase across the board, but has refused payment of an incentive bonus.  Untu said it was demanding, among other things‚ a 10% salary increase‚ a housing allowance of R1‚600‚ an R800 transport allowance‚ an increase in the night shift allowance by 10% and a R20‚000 incentive bonuses for all employees.  Untu said the strike would commence on Monday, 30 July 2018.

by Nomahlubi Jordaan

Eskom’s decision not to give workers bonuses

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is deeply worried and concerned that on Friday Eskom verbally informed the trade unions without any presentation that Eskom made a loss of R2.6 billion. The loss is due to the R30 billions of fruitless and wasteful expenditure as a result of corruption. Eskom further announced that workers who toil during the deep dark and cold mid-night winter and during the hot mid-day summer to keep the night burning are not going to receive bonuses that were promised by Eskom.

According to Eskom workers have performed exceptionally well as reflected on the operational modifier score of 127.04%. Eskom, however, announced that workers are not going to receive the well-deserved bonuses due to poor management decisions and corruption. The NUM has repeatedly alluded to the fact that the bonus payment is a deal breaker for the 2018 negotiations. We view the decision by management not to give bonuses to the hard-working employees as a declaration of war. When we were offered a 0% increase, it was later said that the 0% decision was a tactical error. NUM believes that the decision not to give workers bonuses is also a tactical error.

NUM signs a three year ESOP agreement with Anglo Platinum mine

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has confirmed that it has signed an Employee Share Option Scheme (ESOP) with Anglo Platinum mine. The agreement was reached yesterday. The parties agreed on a total quantum of R24 000. The agreement entered stipulate that the employees will be paid as follows:
2018 – R8 000 cash
2019 – R4 000 cash and share allocation worth R4.000                 2020 -R4 000 cash and share allocation worth R4.000
2021 – Vesting allocation of shares
2022 – Vesting allocation of shares

“Parties further agreed to engage after the signing or the promulgation of the mining charter 111. The payment of the ESOP is long overdue as the last payment was in 2014 and our members wanted this payment as early as January 2018”, said NUM Deputy General Secretary Makgabo William Mabapa.
The ESOP scheme emanated from the wage agreement of 2015 to 2018.

NUM signswage agreement with Petra Cullinan Diamond Mine

NUM signed a one year wage agreement with Petra Cullinan Diamond Mine. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is pleased to announced it had yesterday, 18 July 2018, signed a substantive one year wage agreement with Petra Cullinan Diamond Mine.

The signed wage agreement is structured as follows:
– Wage increases in the categories A & B is 8.5%
– Wage increases in the category C is 7%
– Living out allowance in categories A & B is R 1 400 per mont
– Housing allowance in category C increased to R2 825 per month
– Medical Aid in categories A & B is R970 per month
– Medical Aid in category C is R2 370 per month
– Company pension fund contribution in the categories A & B is going to be 8.5%

The parties also agreed that there will be an additional salary adjustment for the periods July, August and September 2018. The NUM is pleased that this wage negotiations was amicably concluded without hiccups, it only took two hours to reach an agreement. The NUM wishes to express its sincere gratitude to its members at Petra Cullinan Diamond Mine for the manner in which they behaved during the negotiation period. “Our members are excited and they gave us this mandate to sign the agreement,” said William Mabapa, NUM Deputy General Secretary.