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IR Update: 24 April 2016

DISPUTES, INDUSTRIAL ACTION & DEMONSTRATIONS Buffalo City and Samwu The embattled Buffalo City Metro (BCM) lurched from one crisis to another this week when hundreds of its employees downed tools and took to the streets in protest over promotions, back payments and outsourcing services. The strike caught the city management by surprise as there [...]

IR Update: 17 April 2016

DISPUTES, INDUSTRIAL ACTION & DEMONSTRATIONS Sibanye and Amcu Details of the Sibanye/Amcu deal that averted strike action at Sibanye’s gold mines emerged this week. The strike was averted by Sibanye and Amcu reaching agreement on an additional R25 per month increase. The total cost for Sibanye is estimated at R13,2m which is much cheaper [...]

IR Update: 10 April 2016

DISPUTES, INDUSTRIAL ACTION & DEMONSTRATIONS Comment: Violence and political interference in strikes In analysing the IR Weeklies during the past two months at least 40% of all industrial action reported involved violence and damage to property. In addition it appears that the EFF in particular are taking a keen interest in industrial action and [...]

IR Update: 3 April 2016

DISPUTES, INDUSTRIAL ACTION & DEMONSTRATIONS Pikitup strike Negotiations to end the four-week strike between Johannesburg waste-management company Pikitup, the City of Johannesburg and workers affiliated to SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) broke down again late Thursday. Pikitup blamed Samwu for the breakdown, alleging it was not being flexible during negotiations, while the union claimed [...]