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Labour law not to blame for turbulent industrial relations – Oliphant 

By: Natasha Odendaal Labour legislation was not to blame for the prolonged and often violent strikes hitting various industries across South Africa and opting for a “quick fix” or an “emotional” solution to the country’s bitter labour relations would not be sustainable, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant warned this... 

Marikana incident provided key lessons for unions, Lonmin

By: Chantelle Kotze South Africa’s labour unions, as well as platinum miner Lonmin, learnt several lessons as a result of the events that took place at Marikana last year, Advocate Dali Mpofu stressed at labour law firm Werksmans Attorneys’ labour and employment seminar, held last week. 

Several labour lessons learnt from Marikana tragedy – Mpofu

By: Chantelle Kotze A number of lessons were learnt by South Africa’s labour unions, as well as by platinum miner Lonmin, as a result of the events that took place at Marikana last year, Advocate Dali Mpofu stressed at labour law firm Werksmans Attorneys’ labour and employment seminar on Wednesday. Mpofu, who is... 

Changing SA’s labour law not the answer, says DDG

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Despite calls for a review of South Africa’s labour legislation to resolve the country’s labour issues, Department of Labour deputy director-general for labour policy and industrial relations, Les Kettledas, said on Tuesday that the answer was not in amending the law, but rather in the proper... 

Lonmin consults unions

By: Sapa Plans to review Lonmin PLC's operating structure were being discussed with unions, the platinum mining company said on Thursday. The company said in a statement the new structure, which would probably affect 150 management positions, was part of its renewal plan announced in October. 

Resources Watch

This week: Discounted prices for iron-ore will give local manufacturing the edge. And, labour law and the JSE regulations narrowed consultation with government, says Amplats. 

Trust aims to enhance lives of union members 

By: Yolandi Booyens The Elijah Barayi Memorial Training Centre, a Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT) beneficiary, is in the process of receiving full accreditation as a further education and training (FET) college, which will enable the trust to equip its members with the skills to engage with their employers, which... 

Labour law must be reviewed, migrant labour and unrest, ‘mine of future’ launch soon

By: Martin Creamer South Africa’s Labour Relations Act needs radical reform; migrant labour systemmust conform to global best practice; and Exxaro plans to lauch a 'mine-of-the-future'concept next month.  

One Marikana after the other unless underlying causes tackled, says labour doyen

By: Martin Creamer There is a sense that Marikana will be a turning point. Questions are being asked whether this is a failure of government, business and the labour unions, the labour law system, or a failure of South African society as a whole. Top labour mediator and Bowman Gilfillan director John Brand, who... 

Court rulings may alter way in which unions exercise right to strike

By: Natalie Greve Several recent court judgements may alter the way in which South African trade unions exercise the right to strike, following the determination that a union can be held liable for damages caused during a union-organised protest action or workplace strike. 

Roiled platinum industry mulling centralised bargaining model

By: Martin Creamer South Africa’s labour-ravaged platinum sector, which is taking steps to rid itself of legacy issues, is considering the adoption of centralised bargaining arrangements. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa facilitates a centralised bargaining process and conducts the wage negotiations for South... 

Union fight threatens biggest platinum producers

By: Bloomberg A clash between unions is threatening to spread across South Africa’s platinum-mining belt and disrupt production in a region accounting for three-quarters of world supplies of the precious metal. Already this year fighting between the 30-year-old National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the... 

Union workers block entry to Gammon Gold mine

By: Liezel Hill Unionised workers at Gammon Gold's El Cubo mine in Mexico are barring contract workers and union members from entering the mine site, the company reported on Thursday. The disruption is illegal, the firm said. 

SA gold industry braces for first national strike since 1987

By: Liezel Hill Unions in the gold-mining industry confirmed yesterday that their members will embark on a nationwide strike, beginning on Sunday night. 

Union declares dispute at Northam

South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared a dispute against Northam Platinum after wage talks reached deadlock, the union said yesterday. 

DRDGold to restructure North West ops again

By: Martin Czernowalow South African gold producer DRDGold will once again embark on a restructuring process at its North West Operations (NOW), after escalating costs and an unfavourable rand gold price eroded profits from its local mines, with the North West assets the hardest-hit. 

Gold company analyses recent strikes

By: andrea marais After a few years of negotiations and discussions with union ?representatives on the Morila mine, in ?Mali, strikes took place between June 16 to June 18. 

NUM to declare dispute with Harmony

South African mineworkers said yesterday they plan to declare a dispute against Harmony Gold to protest against the possible closure of six mine shafts, Reuters reported. 

Solidarity campaigns for 1 500 Harmony jobs

By: Martin Czernowalow The Solidarity Trade Union said yesterday it would embark on groundbreaking legal action in a bid to save some 1 500 contract jobs at two of Harmony Gold Mining’s operations. 

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