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Friday | 15 February | 2019 Eskom: Solidarity offers help to address skills shortage

Trade union Solidarity today launched a skills bank on its website where engineers and technicians can register so their skills can be re-recruited to help alleviate the crisis at Eskom. The creation of this knowledge bank comes in the wake of announcements made by Pres Cyril Ramphosa and Public  … Read more

Thursday | 14 February | 2019 Solidarity announces legal action against BLF

Solidarity today announced at a press conference that it would press charges on behalf of several parents of victims of the Hoërskool Driehoek school disaster against members of the Black First Land First (BLF) with the SAPS, as well as bringing charges before the Equality Court. Solidarity also said that,  … Read more

Thursday | 14 February | 2019 Sibanye Stillwater issues section 189 notice 

Gideon du Plessis, General Secretary of Solidarity, said that the section 189 notice issued by Sibanye Stillwater today which could lead to 6 678 (contractors included) job losses, did not come as a surprise. In June 2018, Sibanye had already indicated at the start of the salary negotiations that an  … Read more

Monday | 11 February | 2019 SONA’s confirmation of NHI bad news for South Africa

Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Health Practitioners today expressed their deep-seated concern about President Ramaphosa’s statement that the NHI Bill will be submitted to Parliament soon. This follows after a version of the bill was rejected by the cabinet at the end of last year due to various deficiencies. It also  … Read more

Friday | 08 February | 2019 Ramaphosa: “More state intervention would offer solutions”

In its response to Pres Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address, Solidarity today said it is clear that the ruling party’s basic premise is that more government control would lead to better results, notwithstanding the disastrous consequences state interference has brought over so many years. The obstinate pressing on with,  … Read more

Tuesday | 05 February | 2019 steps against BLF after remarks about children’s death

Solidarity today announced that it had already instructed its lawyers to draft court papers to hold BLF spokesperson Lyndsay Maasdorp liable for, among other things, the remarks he had made in the wake of the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy late last week. Many parents and friends of the victims have approached  … Read more

Friday | 01 February | 2019 Solidarity Youth: Department failed to pay medical interns 

Solidarity Youth today warned the Gauteng Department of Health to immediately pay recently placed medical interns after they haven’t received their salary yesterday. Solidarity Youth also announced that it would file a complaint at the Department of Labour regarding this failure of payment.  This follows when it came to light  … Read more

Friday | 01 February | 2019 Victory after commentator was falsely accused of racism

Solidarity today achieved a huge victory in the Gauteng North High Court after this court ruled today that the well-known sports commentator Pieter van den Berg, who was falsely accused of racism at a Super Rugby broadcast in 2016, must be paid R990 000 in damages. This followed after Van den  … Read more

Monday | 28 January | 2019 Hlaudi made first payment of cost award to Solidarity

Former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, made a first payment of R300 000 to Solidarity. This comes after Solidarity had embarked on a process to seize his goods. According to Solidarity Chief Executive Dr Dirk Hermann, the Labour Court in 2017 ruled that Motsoeneng was personally liable for the legal  … Read more

Thursday | 24 January | 2019 Court finds Schweizer Reneke teacher’s suspension unlawful

The Labour Court in Johannesburg today found that the suspension of Elana Barkhuizen, the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher, was unlawful. The court furthermore ordered that her suspension be lifted with immediate effect.  The comes after Barkhuizen was unlawfully suspended on 10 January after a photo she took sparked a social media  … Read more

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