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    Matric more akin to starting block...

    Matric more akin to starting block than finish line Thursday, 4 January 2018 Trade union Solidarity said today that the matriculants of 2017 should not halt their education. A matric certificate alone will not create the same opportunities as additional training. “Although employment in South Africa is under pressure, it is clear that people with further education have significantly better prospects, not only of being employed, but of getting a good job,” said Connie Mulder, head of the Solidarity Research Institute. “Unemployment among graduates and people with further tertiary education is only 5,4% and 17,8% respectively, compared to South Africa’s higher unemployment rate of 27,7%,” Mulder explained. “We encourage the matriculants of 2017 to make education and training a priority. Don’t have a ... Read more.

    Sibanye-Stillwater to Lonmin’s rescue

    Sibanye-Stillwater to Lonmin’s rescue Monday, 18 December 2017 Trade union Solidarity today said it is positive about the acquisition of Lonmin by Sibanye-Stillwater. On Thursday 14 December Sibanye announced that it had acquired Lonmin in a transaction worth R5 billion. This comes after Lonmin, one of the world’s largest platinum producers, had been under severe pressure this year as a result of capital structuring and liquidity concerns. Low platinum prices and increasing challenges in the mining industry have given rise to increasing costs and low profit margins resulting in many retrenchments in the industry over the past 12 months. After the acquisition, Lonmin shareholders’ shareholding in the overall Sibanye-Stillwater Group will be 11,3%, while Sibanye will hold the ... Read more.

    Solidariteit lays criminal charges against Denel...

    Solidariteit lays criminal charges against Denel top brass Friday, 15 December 2017 Trade union Solidarity today laid charges on behalf of its members employed by state-owned entity Denel against both its Chief Executive Officer, Zwelakhe Ntsepe, and its Chief Financial Officer, Odwa Mhlwana. This follows after it has come to light that the company has squandered its employees’ money. According to Solidarity’s Deputy General Secretary Deon Reyneke, the charge is filed in terms of section 332 of the Criminal Procedure Act. “Denel, knowingly and without the permission of the employees, mismanaged employee funds that have been put aside by the employees themselves in order to receive a year-end bonus. These funds are part of the employees’ total cost package and as such ... Read more.

    State-owned Denel in a fix, workers...

    State-owned Denel in a fix, workers suffer – Solidarity Wednesday, 13 December 2017 After having met with the management of state-owned entity Denel, trade union Solidarity today expressed its shock at and concern over the possible non-payment of workers’ December pay by the company. The trade union warned that the non-payment of salaries could lead to major instability and labour unrest, which could put a further damper on the economy. According to Solidarity’s Deputy General Secretary Deon Reyneke, the company’s current financial woes could be ascribed to poor management and poor planning. “This is yet another telling example of a state-owned entity that is suffering severe losses as a result of mismanagement while its workforce – and the entire South Africa for that ... Read more.

    Solidarity will assist teachers

    Solidarity will assist teachers Tuesday, 12 December 2017 Trade union Solidarity today said that it would still by way of legal assistance support any teacher who may be unfairly affected by the Gauteng Department of Education’s latest staffing redistribution. This follows after the Education Department gave an undertaking that no teacher would be laid off as a result of posts being redundant. “We welcome the undertaking not to retrench people but will still act as a watchdog to ensure the Department honours its word. We still doubt the original intention of the process though. Should we learn about a member of staff who is unlawfully affected we would immediately proceed with legal action,” Solidarity Chief Executive Dirk Hermann ... Read more.

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    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!
    LABOUR SERVICES
    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 INDUSTRIES
    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 LEGAL SERVICES
    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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