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Unemployment biggest culprit in South Africa’s inequality

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2017 Unemployment, and not low formal sector wages, is the biggest cause of inequality in South Africa, economist Mike Schussler argued at a presentation of trade union Uasa’s sixteenth ‘South African Employment Report’, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. Noting that no other country among the 100 biggest... 

Employment growth continues to disappoint, says Reserve Bank

By: African News Agency      23rd June 2015 Slow employment growth meant that around one in four people in the labour force remain unemployed, the South African Reserve Bank said in its latest quarterly bulletin. “Employment growth in the private sector continued to disappoint over the past year, consistent with the lacklustre pace of... 

Jury still out on the platinum strike's impact on AMCU membership

By: Leandi Kolver     18th July 2014 Following the crippling five-month platinum- sector strike, which severely affected not only businesses in Rustenburg but also the South African economy and resulted in mineworkers and their families having to live in poverty, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (AMCU’s)... 

Strikes becoming more, longer – lawyer

By: Sapa     28th August 2013 Strikes in the mining industry over the past few years have increased and are lasting longer, labour relations expert Andrew Levy said on Wednesday. "While strikes are increasing at a reasonably gentle rate, the workdays [lost] are going up quite steeply," he told the Mining Lekgotla in... 

Fears of ‘unavoidable chaos’ cloud upcoming wage talks

By: Samantha Herbst     28th June 2013 Chances are slim that this year’s bargaining season will run smoothly for the local mining industry, says strategy firm Virtual Consulting Inter-national global mining strategist Gideon Malherbe, who predicts that “unavoidable chaos” will ensue this year, owing to an unprecedented degree of... 

Improve workers' economic literacy – analyst 

By: Sapa     6th June 2013 South Africa should invest in improving workers' economic literacy to strengthen the country's labour relations, an analyst said on Thursday. "One of the things that is a by-product of 15 to 20 years of Cosatu's view of the world is that employees do not believe a single word that management... 

Infrastructure, labour hurdles holding back SA growth 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     10th July 2012 If the South African government kept to infrastructure spending targets and labour unions limited wage increases to 1% above inflation, the country's real gross domestic product (GDP) could grow by a minimum of R22-billion a year, IHS Global Insight sub-Saharan Africa principal economist Ronel... 


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