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Friday | 24 January | 2020 Solidarity calls on mines to refocus on Zero Harm

Solidarity today expressed its concern regarding mining related fatalities and injuries reported in 2019, urging mines to refocus their efforts to ensure health and safety for workers.   This after the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy today released the occupational health and safety statistics for 2019.   “The mining  … Read more

Monday | 20 January | 2020 Economic policy results in retrenchment bloodbath

Solidarity admonishes the government to urgently re-evaluate the existing economic policies that suppress the manufacturing industry in order to avert job losses.   “Although companies cite the many challenges experienced in local and international markets as reasons for retrenchments, they also consistently argue that more competitive electricity and transport tariffs  … Read more

Thursday | 16 January | 2020 Solidarity requests a moratorium on Telkom retrenchments

Solidarity today addressed a letter to Telkom asking for a moratorium on forced retrenchments. This comes after the company notified unions that up to 3 000 workers could be retrenched. Retrenchments become necessary when the sustainability of a company is at issue, but this retrenchment round in fact threatens the company’s  … Read more

Wednesday | 15 January | 2020 Lesufi appeal to private sector indicates state incompetence

Solidarity Youth, the Youth Guild of Solidarity, on Wednesday expressed its disappointment with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) that was unable to place all prospective Grade 1 and Grade 8 learners in schools. “For years, Solidarity has been warning the GDE, and the MEC Mr Panyaza Lesufi, in particular,  … Read more

Friday | 06 December | 2019 Solidarity meets with SAA Business Rescue Practitioner

Solidarity today met with the newly appointed business rescue practitioner for SAA, Les Matuson, as well as with the SAA board’s attorneys. This follows the board’s resolution to place SAA in business rescue, taken on Thursday following the continued pressure Solidarity has brought to bear. Solidarity was, however, not content  … Read more

Thursday | 05 December | 2019 SAA officially under business rescue from today – Solidarity

The SAA will be officially under business rescue from today. That was the consensus between the legal teams of Solidarity, the SAA, the Minister of Public Enterprises and the Minister of Finance during a meeting with the Deputy Judge President of the South Gauteng High Court.   During the meeting,  … Read more

Wednesday | 04 December | 2019 Solidarity forces government into business rescue for SAA

Solidarity welcomed the government’s sudden decision to not oppose its application for business rescue. According to Solidarity, the government forwarded legal documents in which they indicated that they will oppose Solidarity’s application. “We find the sudden turnaround very strange,” Dr Dirk Hermann said. Solidarity and the legal teams of SAA  … Read more

Wednesday | 04 December | 2019 Mining, Minerals Development Board should cease to exist

The proposed amendment to The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Regulations enter trade unions’ and mining companies’ territory unnecessarily regarding the prevention and handling of retrenchments. According to the proposed amendment, which was recently published by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the employer must submit within seven days,  … Read more

Wednesday | 04 December | 2019 Driehoek judgment lays foundation for criminal case

Solidarity announced today that the judgment by the Equality Court in its case against Black First Land First (BLF) lays the foundation for a further criminal case against the BLF, BLF spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp, and Zwelakhe Dubasi, deputy general secretary of the BLF.   Anton van der Bijl, head of  … Read more

Tuesday | 03 December | 2019 Regulations can destroy arms industry and lead to job losses

Solidarity urgently appealed to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) and the South African government to act in the interest of the economy by abolishing mandatory inspections on military equipment that can destroy the arms industry. This follows after the Parliamentary Committee on Defence issued a statement on 27  … Read more

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