SABC Board suspends Section 189 process for 7 days

The SABC Board says it will suspend the Section 189 process for a period of seven days. The announcement comes after the board met late into the night on Thursday. In a statement, the SABC said that its fully committed to engaging with all parties concerned and will now have[…]

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Government is listening to unions over scientists – experts say school closures against evidence

Two of the country’s top scientists who serve on the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) have expressed their disappointment at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that public schools will close for four weeks during the Covid-19 storm, saying the decision goes against scientific advice and evidence. This follows Ramaphosa’s address to the[…]

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Education Department to consult stakeholders on opening of schools

The Basic Education Department will on Thursday begin to consult education stakeholders on keeping schools open as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the country. The National Teachers Union (NATU) and student organisation COSAS have joined the South African Democratic Teachers Union’s (SADTU) call that schools should close amid the pandemic[…]

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Motshekga to address nation after meeting with unions

Education unions met with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Saturday in a bid to convince her that despite her announcement that the phased reopening of schools would commence on Monday, the education system was simply not ready to do so in its current state. “Our position still stands, we[…]

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Workers want to meet Gordhan, Eskom board

Disgruntled Eskom workers want Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to intervene in their protracted wage dispute with the power utility. Unions and Eskom were hunched around the negotiating table late into the night, failing to reach an agreement. The parastatal has offered a 7 percent increase and it’s looking for[…]

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Bus strike continues after talks with labour minister fail

The bus strike is to continue after the Department of Labour’s attempted intervention between employer organisations and unions representing striking bus drivers was fruitless. Bus drivers across the country took their feet off the pedal last week, demanding better salaries. The strike, which is now in its seventh day, has[…]

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Unions, employers re-enter talks in bid to end bus strike

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has confirmed that parties will re-enter talks facilitated by the Department of Labour, on Tuesday. This as the nationwide bus strike continues for a seventh day, with no end in sight for commuters. Unions representing bus drivers, including Satawu and Numsa,[…]

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Zuma not welcome at May Day celebrations: Unions

Two unions say they don’t want President Jacob Zuma addressing the May Day celebrations. Cosatu is set to celebrate May Day in Bloemfontein on Monday, a day that focusses on workers and their interests, with Zuma as the main speaker. He would be sharing the stage with his deputy, Cyril[…]

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