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Labour Law South Africa - May 2012

31 May 2012   (0 Comments)
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South Africa: MPs frustrated as Aurora, liquidators don't turn up
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
A further 1 000 workers had earned in excess of the threshold of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, meaning they can't claim for UIF. However, he said many of these foreigners had gone home while others may have been in the country illegally ...

Numsa: Use unemployed in public service
Fin24
The South African Revenue Service has been dealt a severe blow in what could be a precedent-setting judgment by the North Gauteng High Court. The rand has weakened over 1.8% to a six-month low against the dollar as political uncertainty in Greece ...

'Use jobless in public service'
iAfrica.com
Recent proposals to adjust South Africa's labour laws would worsen the disagreement between the ANC and its alliance partners, Numsa said. These included the continued presence of labour brokers in the employment market and the possibility of unions ...

South Africa: Ministers are aware of responsibility to Parliament
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
He said the differences expressed by social partners to the youth wage subsidy should not deter South Africans from the main objective of lowering the costs and time of entry into the labour market. "We must together with all social partners, ...

White complex displaying a newfound arrogance - NUMSA
Politicsweb
South Africa is thus caught up in multi layered social, economic, cultural and political crises - the post 1994 persistence of the social crisis of "Colonialism of A special Type" which continues to generate mass poverty, wide spread and deeply ...

Labour law slows jobs
Half of young South Africans support the idea that labour laws are slowing job growth, a study released on Monday has found. This might reflect some f...

What South African think about labour brokers and labour laws ...
The results of a TNS South Africa poll last month of 2000 adults from metropolitan areas showed that just over half (52%) thought labour brokers should be ...

SA labour laws slow job growth: survey - Political economy ...
It found that only a minority of people felt that South Africa's labour laws were among the best in the world. Unemployed people were surprisingly positive about ...

Africa needs programmes to boost youth employment - study
Creamer Media's Engineering News
Business Unity South African argues that the scheme "offers more advantages for youth employment than many other short-term job creation initiatives and could create over 400 000 jobs”. It has also pointed to the success of similar schemes used in ...

Labour laws fail vox pop - Business LIVE
Just over half of all South Africans believe labour brokers should be banned, and that labour laws stifle job growth, according to a recent survey. The survey ...


Youth or Capital Subsidy: Class antagonism in the open
Moneyweb.co.za
Research has shown that the informal sector, agriculture and domestic work contributed a third of all employment in South Africa. Two thirds of employed people in South Africa earned under R1000 a month. Moreover, one in five employed African women was ...

LOANE SHARP: SA's trade unions the biggest obstacle to job creation
Business Day
According to the World Economic Forum, some aspects of South African labour laws are the most restrictive in the world. The International Monetary Fund believes aspects of these laws need to be relaxed, and even the drafters of the 1995 Labour ...

 

Labour Relations Act Might Be Amended
AllAfrica.com
This is according to Gavin Stansfield, director in the employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. In 2003, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) called its members out to strike in support of wage increases.

SA's biggest Affirmative Action case goes to court
TheSouthAfrican
Solidarity is also speaking to a further 26 employees over the application of the policy, making this the biggest Affirmative Action case in South Africa to date. To proceed with an Employment Act based on absolute representivity will surely lead to ...

Adcorp still studying new labour bills
BusinessLIVE
But it added: "Given the potential opportunities arising from the changing face of the South African labour market, proposed impending changes to labour legislation, the Group's strong and continued commitment to Black Economic Empowerment, ...

Employment: Western Cape model provides glimmer of hope
Daily Maverick
Youth employment in South Africa is a powder keg, and the sense of amonie felt by youths as a result of joblessness could prove the spark that sets it off. While key decision-makers recognise the problem, much of the wrangling has been over what to do ...

 

Union goes to court over prisons AA
News24
"None of this is permitted by the Employment Equity Act or the Constitution of South Africa... Affirmative action has evolved into a race counting and has lost its remedial character." The union was acting on behalf of Pieter Davids, ...

Time check on working hours
The New Age Online
In South Africa, we have a law on working hours and other minimum conditions of employment. It is known as the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). The BCEA also lays down other minimum conditions of employment such as annual, sick and maternity ...

 

 

 

Labour Law bills to be presented to parliament soon
Kettledas told the committee that South Africa had ratified 23 International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions of which 20 are active. He said some of the ...

The challenge of youth unemployment and youth wage subsidy
Moneyweb.co.za
That South Africa is a noisy republic is a trait of which we should be proud. We are truly given to hyperbole. As the march of the Democratic Alliance (DA) on COSATU headquarters unfolded, focus in discussion was about the numbers on either side; ...

South Africa: More emphasis on skills development needed
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Commenting on Statistics South Africa's Quarter 1, 2012 Labour Force Survey, which showed that the current unemployment rate stands at 25, 2 percent with 4.5 million South Africans being unemployed, Mkhize said that the situation required them to ...

South Africa: SA needs social consensus, jobs to cut inequality - Patel
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
However, he said this wasn't enough, adding that the government alone would not be able to overcome inequality in South Africa. "We have got to build to a greater and greater extent, opportunities for employment, for jobs, for decent work, ...

Were you unfairly retrenched?
Fair Lady
We take a look at the retrenchment process and your legal options. This year alone, the South African economy lost 75000 jobs (according to Statistics South Africa's latest quarterly Labour Force Survey) as companies retrenched workers or simply chose ...

Employment Law in South Africa
JD Supra (press release)
Many US and multi-national companies have locations in South Africa. This article will provide some basic information about employment law in South Africa for companies who already employ workers in South Africa or who are considering hiring employees ...

Zuma backs youth wage but Cosatu stands firm
Business Day
Mr Zuma also hinted that rules could be established to address concerns raised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). This is likely to fuel claims by the Democratic Alliance (DA) that Cosatu rather than the African National Congress ...

Vavi warns ANC of 'ticking bomb'
Times LIVE
Earlier this month, the International Labour Organisation released statistics that showed that unemployment in South Africa was at 23.9% and that 70% of the unemployed were between 15 and 34. Vavi warned that, if radical policy changes were not ...

Employment Law in South Africa
Many U. S. and multi-national companies have locations in South Africa. This article will provide some basic information about employment law in South Africa...

 

 

 

SA labour law protects Facebook passwords
ITWeb
Local employers are advised to tread carefully as it is against local labour legislation to solicit employees' social networking passwords without due cause. South African labour legislation prohibits employers from demanding social media usernames and ...

SA to change labour laws
Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness News
A South African man, jailed in Thailand for 18 years, returns to the New South Africa. CAPE TOWN – South Africans can expect a few changes in the labour market during 2012, Minister Mildred Oliphant warned on Tuesday. The minister said the changes ...

Cosatu shocked by unemployment stats
Moneyweb.co.za
"Instead, it has chosen to propose a set of labour amendment bills that will likely do even more damage to employment opportunity," he said. "Government must decide between appeasing Cosatu and actually serving South Africans.

South Africa: UIF, Compensation Fund helps firms create thousands of jobs
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Cape Town - Government is making billions of rands off the reserves it has locked up in the Compensation Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund available for investment in businesses, to create thousands of new jobs, the Minister of Labour, ...

Job Figures Show That Govt's Emphasis Is in the Wrong Place
AllAfrica.com
75000 South Africans have lost their jobs in the last quarter. Our economy is simply not performing optimally. South Africa's unemployment rate is now at 25.2%, up from 23.9% in the last quarter of 2011. Figures released this morning show that there ...

South Africa: Unemployment rises to 25.2%
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Pretoria - South Africa's unemployment rate rose to 25.2% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 23.9% in the fourth quarter of 2011, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). "Unemployment increased by 282 000 persons between the fourth quarter of ...

S.Africa's jobless rate quickens as economy struggles
Reuters Africa
The jobless rate jumped to 25.2 percent of the labour force in the first quarter from 23.9 percent in Q4, with employment decreasing by 75000 between the two quarters, Statistics South Africa said in its latest quarterly Labour Force Survey.

SA's jobless rate increases to 25.2%
Independent Online
By Reuters South Africa's official jobless rate quickened to 25.2 percent of the labour force in the first quarter of 2012 from 23.9 percent in the fourth quarter, a survey showed on Tuesday. In its latest quarterly Labour Force Survey, ...

Wages of the unskilled are too high - Mike Schussler
Politicsweb
South Africa's lack of employment has now become a crisis that is over two decades old and we have yet to get beyond the slogans. In its 2012 South African Employment Report (SAER), which was presented by economist Mike Schussler in Johannesburg today, ...

SA law protects against employer Facebook prying
BusinessTech
By Gareth Vorster | 7 May 2012 Law firm, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr says that local employees can take comfort in protection offered by South Africa's labour legislation, should their employers ask them for their social media user names and profiles as is ...

Unskilled workers 'paid too much' in SA
Business Day
Speaking at the release of his annual South African Employment Report, which is sponsored by the trade union Uasa, Mr Schüssler said that if thousands of people who lacked skills received smaller pay rises at the entry level, SA could slash its ...

The bottom end of the SA labour market is the most overpaid.
Moneyweb.co.za
MIKE SCHUSSLER: Ja, the key findings are that the bottom end of the South African labour market is actually the most overpaid because if one goes beyond the screaming headlines and one says, okay, let's not look at CEOs' salaries, let's look at ...

An Agenda for Labour
AllAfrica.com
... Africa with dynamic labour laws that really protect the rights of the workers. Going forward, there is need to safeguard these gains by ensuring that the envisaged constitution has a clear section devoted to labour relations. The South African Bill ...

Unskilled labour in SA too expensive for the country
Moneyweb.co.za
According to the 11 th UASA Employment Report released by economist Mike Schüssler on Friday, the employed unskilled workers in South Africa, in comparison with other countries surveyed, are being paid too much. This effectively means that it is too ...

High unskilled wages contributing to unemployment – Uasa report
Creamer Media's Engineering News
A report by trade union United Association of South Africa (Uasa), released on Friday, found that high wages for unskilled labour in South Africa was contributing to the country's high unemployment rates. In the 2012 South African Employment Report, ...

Public sector vs private sector wages: Mike Schüssler - economists.co.za
Moneyweb.co.za
GUGULETHU MFUPHI: Earlier today we took at a look a report compiled by well-known economist Mike Schüssler for trade union United Association of South Africa, and the report found that high wages for unskilled labour in South Africa were actually ...

Glynnis Breytenbach: Consistency in Labour law
-the National Defence Force; the National Intelligence Agency; and the SouthAfrican Secret ServiceSection 7(a)(iii) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995(as ...

Labour law amendments to be "re-amended" - is this development ...
... that the African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of South African... (Cosatu) have been in talks to further amend the labour law amendments.

 

Helen Zille Shoots Cosatu Out the Water in ANC's Backyard
AllAfrica.com
By Sipho Hlongwane, 2 May 2012 At a Workers' Day rally organised by the Democratic Alliance in Midvaal, party boss Helen Zille laid the blame for South Africa's continued unemployment disaster squarely at the feet of Cosatu. That this speech happened ...


Nothing to celebrate on Workers' Day for far too many of us
Times LIVE
Celebrating Workers' Day is not just about the vexing problems of labour brokers, whom Cosatu regard as a dark spot on South Africa's employment landscape. Far more serious is the fact that, while there are many government efforts aimed at creating ...

Zille hits out at labour giant
Times LIVE
"Cosatu, which played such a pivotal role in creating South Africa's democracy, runs the risk of being left behind if it remains stuck in the 1950s British model of hostile central bargaining between 'bosses and workers'. "Tragically, Cosatu is working ...

We're not fighting ANC - Cosatu
iAfrica.com
He said South Africa needed a state that had more control to realise the governing party's ideals. Dlamini said Cosatu and the ANC had agreed on amendments in regard to the labour laws. These included that violence during worker strikes would not be ...

South Africa: Labour laws to set new course
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
BuaNews sat down with the Department of Labour Director-General (DG) Nkosinathi Nhleko to find out what the amendments meant for the South African labour landscape. "Government has the responsibility to assess the conditions of state in general in ...


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