Icasa staff on strike over bonuses‚ employee policies

SowetanLive reports that about 50 Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) staff members are on strike‚ demanding payment of last year’s bonuses and the reversal of new employee policies. Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka confirmed that the industrial action began on Monday‚ with striking employees gathering outside their offices. The strikers are not affiliated to any union […]

Surprise as state jobs buck long-term trend by shrinking in first quarter

BDLive writes that Statistics SA’s quarterly employment statistics survey (QES) released on Monday showed a surprise drop in permanent employees in provincial and local government in the first quarter of 2016.  All in all the formal economy shed 15,000 jobs, but while the drop in private sector jobs was expected, the fall in government jobs […]

Transport union Untu issues warning about possible Gautrain wage strike

ANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has warned that a possible strike over wage hikes could disrupt Gautrain’s services to passengers. The union said its salary dispute with Bombela, the company that operates the Gautrain rail link, was now at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. Failure to resolve the matter on […]

NUM rejects Eskom’s revised 7% wage offer

Reuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has rejected an increased wage offer by power utility Eskom, a union official said on Tuesday. “Our members have put it categorically clear that they will not accept a 7 percent increase,” Paris Mashego, energy coordinator at the NUM told Reuters.  He cited Eskom profitability and executive […]

Brown suspends pay hikes for Eskom execs

Fin24 reports that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is holding off remuneration increases for Eskom’s executives, but she approved a 4.6% increase for non-executives. “Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown … approved a below inflation increase of 4.6% in non-executive remunerations for the company, and has decided to defer the decision regarding remuneration increases for Eskom’s executives,” […]

Cosatu calls on unions to balance pay demands with job security

Fin24 reports that the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it will encourage its member unions that represent 1.9 million workers ranging from teachers to miners to balance wage demands with the need to preserve jobs when salary negotiations in their industries begin. “You don’t want to get an increase and then thereafter people are […]