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    Lonmin now part of retrenchment bloodbath...

    Lonmin now part of retrenchment bloodbath in mining sector  Monday, 23 October 2017 Lonmin has informed Solidarity that the company is planning to reduce its workforce by 1 139 workers before Christmas. Lonmin says that the platinum sector is under pressure due to low platinum prices and rising costs that necessitate retrenchments. Because of these cost pressures, Lonmin has decided to place a number of its marginal shafts under care and maintenance and that is the reason why the 1 139 workers will be affected. The first consultation session will take place on Wednesday, 25 October 2017. Solidarity will do everything within its power to prevent the retrenchments because the beleaguered Lonmin employees have received many retrenchment blows since 2009. In 2012, the Marikana incident ... Read more.

    Sale of these mines ensures sustainability...

    Sale of these mines ensures sustainability – Solidarity Thursday, 19 October 2017 Trade union Solidarity said today that it supports the decision by Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA) to sell both the Kopanang Mine and the Moab Khotsong mine. This follows after AGA announced today that the transactions have been finalised and that Maob Khotsong and related assets in the Vaal River Region were sold to Harmony Gold Mining, and the Kopanang Mine and West Gold Plant were sold to Village Main Reef, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong based investment company Heaven-Sent SA Sunshine Investment CompanyLimited (Heaven-Sent). According to AGA, the Moab Khotsong transaction that affects about 6 500 workers has the potential to extend the lifetime of the Zaaiplaats Project by more ... Read more.

    PIC and GEPF instructed to provide...

    PIC and GEPF instructed to provide information to Solidarity Wednesday, 18 October 2017 At the end of its session yesterday, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance compelled the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) to provide information on possible state capture and unlisted investments to Solidarity. This follows after these parties have thus far refused to provide information to Solidarity which it had requested in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). The PIC and the GEPF must now comply with the instruction within 30 days. According to Solidarity Deputy Chief Executive Johan Kruger, it is of the utmost importance that the information requested be studied to investigate allegations of state capture attempts and of investments ... Read more.

    Sibanye Platinum’s favourable wage agreement creates...

    Sibanye Platinum’s favourable wage agreement creates hope Trade union Solidarity is pleased to announce that, amid difficult times the platinum industry is facing, it could sign a favourable three-year wage agreement on behalf of its members at Sibanye Platinum’s Kroondal Mine. The favourable agreement signed by Solidarity is effective from 1 July 2017, and will be valid until 30 June 2020. The increase will be backdated. The parties agreed that the wage component of employees appointed in Category A be increased by 6% during the first year. During the subsequent two years, from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020, these employees will receive an increase of 6% or a CPI increase limited to 7% depending on ... Read more.

    Mango strike: Mango requests talks with...

    Mango strike: Mango requests talks with Solidarity Tuesday, 17 October 2017 Trade union Solidarity confirmed that Mango Airlines approached the trade union today and requested Solidarity to return to the discussion table so that the parties could try to come to an agreement. According to Solidarity Deputy General Secretary Deon Reyneke, Solidarity has confirmed that it would be available for negotiations on that forum. “As we said from the outset, we have been willing to negotiate all along but the company was the one who turned its back on the collective bargaining process,” Reyneke said. Solidarity members at Mango began to strike at Mango yesterday morning after the airline declared a dispute with the trade union, thereby forcing negotiations to reach ... Read more.



    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!
    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.
    Solidarity organizes collectively in various South African industries which includes Mining, Metal and Engineering, Agriculture, Aviation, Chemical and University Affairs. They also represents individual members working in different workplaces across the country.
    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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