A new sectoral determination for farm workers, including a new minimum wage, can only be implemented in April next year, labour minister Mildred Oliphant said this afternoon. This, coupled with increased mechanisation on farms is likely to create continued tension between employers and their employees in the coming months.
Pravin Gordhan’s pet project to create jobs, the youth wage subsidy, isn’t getting off the ground despite being proposed years ago. Is Gordhan’s plan to ease SA’s 50% youth unemployment rate dead in the water? Does it matter?
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Cosatu may be losing its bid to have the industry totally banned in SA, but lawyers say the proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Act will force many companies to voluntarily cease using labour brokers or pay a premium to use them.
“Just another day in South Africa’s pseudo-democracy,” was how one cynical observer described the attack on DA protesters by rock- throwing Cosatu supporters in Johannesburg.