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    Strike could lead to more retrenchments...

    Strike could lead to more retrenchments in steel industry Monday, 17 July 2017 Trade union Solidarity today expressed concern over the impending strike in the steel industry. The trade union also warned that a strike in the industry would not only have a huge negative impact on both the domestic steel industry and the country’s economy, but also on job opportunities in the industry. This comes after the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) had earlier pledged its support to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) as far as NUMSA’s planned strike action in the industry was concerned. According to Solidarity Deputy General Secretary for the Metal and Engineering Industry Marius Croucamp, the impending strike is a consequence of ... Read more.

    Counter-campaign aims to overshadow derogatory work...

    Counter-campaign aims to overshadow derogatory work of art Trade union Solidarity today launches its campaign against the derogatory “F*** white people” artwork by Dean Hutton. The campaign aims to cover this ‘work of art’ – with positive, constructive words with which all South Africans can identify. This follows after Solidarity launched an online poll last week asking people what they thought of the now infamous F*** White People ‘artwork’. Thousands participated in the poll and about 85% indicated that the “artwork” offended them. Based on this outcome, Solidarity decided that an opportunity existed for a positive alternative to this artwork. According to Juran van den Heever, Head of Communications at Solidarity, the trade union believes this exhibition to ... Read more.

    Negative impact of winter power rates...

    Negative impact of winter power rates must be discussed Friday, 14 July 2017 As part of its Save Our Steel Campaign Solidarity today sent a letter to government requesting an urgent high level meeting to discuss the negative impact winter power rates have on the steel and chrome industry. According to Solidarity Deputy General Secretary for the Metal and Engineering Industry, Marius Croucamp, companies close plants and shut down smelters due to the higher power rates that apply in June, July and August. “When production is halted at companies no economic growth takes place, which could result in retrenchments at the companies in question,” Croucamp cautioned. Croucamp contends that a model that allows for flexibility must be found to assist and support companies ... Read more.

    A strategy to achieve a settlement...

    A strategy to achieve a settlement in the steel industry Thursday, 13 July 2017 Trade union Solidarity today announced its strategy to achieve a settlement in the beleaguered steel industry. This follows after wage negotiations between trade unions and employers deadlocked at the MEIBC about three weeks ago. According to Solidarity’s Deputy General Secretary for the Metal and Engineering Industry, Marius Croucamp, Solidarity is determined to negotiate for a settlement. “A strike will cause major harm to the steel industry and the bargaining council and could result in job losses,” Croucamp cautioned. Croucamp pointed out that Solidarity had a three-pronged strategy in place to deal with the matter. In terms of this strategy the bargaining council is in the first place requested to extend ... Read more.

    Afrikaans schools fewer in number but...

    Afrikaans schools fewer in number but stronger Wednesday, 12 July 2017 Trade union Solidarity today voiced its concern over the decline in the number of Afrikaans schools but is not concerned about Afrikaans education. Afrikaans schools are faring well. There may be fewer of them but they have become larger, and offering world-class education in Afrikaans is still possible. This follows after Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga indicated in parliament that the demand for Afrikaans education has declined; hence the decline in the number of Afrikaans schools. According to Flip Buys, chairperson of the Solidarity Movement, what has happened is that learners migrated between schools as a result of the process to convert schools to double medium schools, which ultimately would ... Read more.

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    INTRODUCTION

    Solidarity is your partner, your older brother in the workplace, as it were – the one who has been protecting its members’ rights against exploitation in the workplace since 1902; the one who even creates job security for you as a professional individual.

    Solidarity currently offers a dependable service to approximately 140 000 members in all occupational fields, collectively and professionally, and has the passion and knowledge to look after its members’ interests and to ensure that their rights are protected in the workplace.

    The union has more than 20 offices countrywide and members are served by more than 300 staff members and 1 275 union representatives in thousands of companies. In short: Solidarity ensures that its members receive the necessary assistance to protect their work and therefore their income, because your job is our job!
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    Trade union Solidarity’s main purpose is to protect its members in the workplace. Solidarity’s Labour Services Division offers protection to thousands of collective and individual members in various industries nationwide.
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    Trade union Solidarity’s main purpose is to protect its members in the workplace. Solidarity’s Labour Services Division offers protection to thousands of collective and individual members in various industries nationwide.
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    Solidarity’s legal department is the largest of its kind in all South African trade unions and one of the largest labour law practices in South Africa.
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