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IR Update: 27 March 2016

DISPUTES, INDUSTRIAL ACTION & DEMONSTRATIONS Pikitup strike The illegal Pikitup strike is continuing amidst shots being fired at trucks and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) distancing themselves from violence and damage to property. The Labour Court also demanded answers from the union about why the union should not be held in contempt of [...]

IR Update: 20 March 2016

DISPUTES, INDUSTRIAL ACTION & DEMONSTRATIONS Barberton strike meeting violence Makhosonke Magudulela, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) deputy regional chairperson in Mpumalanga, was forced to cut short his speech to striking miners of Barberton Mines on Thursday when he was warned that there were five people with weapons in the crowd. Police have not yet [...]

IR Update: 13 March 2016

DISPUTES, INDUSTRIAL ACTION & DEMONSTRATIONS iSithebe riots (KwaZulu-Natal) Cosatu has expressed concern about job losses if companies quit iSithebe (near Mandini on the North Coast) in the wake of the rioting and looting which has destroyed millions of rands in property. KwaZulu-Natal secretary Edwin Mkhize said the closure of factories, after looting, rioting, striking, [...]

IR Update: 6 March 2016

DISPUTES, INDUSTRIAL ACTION & DEMONSTRATIONS Provident fund reform The Treasury announced this week that the retirement system would be vulnerable to "massive leakage" from pension funds to provident funds as a result of the recent postponement of compulsory annuitisation of provident savings on retirement. This is because without annuitisation, provident fund members would benefit [...]