If we are serious about growing the economy and creating jobs, we need to support these young people – even though they don't seem to expect any help or handouts, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
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Numsa had threatened to strike to break a deadlock with the SAA subsidiary over the alleged non-payment of anniversary bonuses.
While Numsa plans to challenge labour laws requiring secret balloting for strikes, another union, UASA, has welcomed the legislation.
Eskom has extended an olive branch to labour unions on Friday in a bid to help rescue the struggling power utility.
Numsa and Lanxess have reached an agreement after a nine-day underground sit-in by nearly 300 workers.
The fiery joint statement by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association was released on Friday morning, after the two unions met with the board of SAA on Thursday.
Unions Numsa and SACCA have staged lunchtime pickets at airports around the country, protesting against outgoing SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana’s resignation.
Transpaco CEO Phillip Abelheim has denied allegations by Numsa that the company forced workers to clock in on May 8.
The Commission of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration is due to meet with Numsa and Comair to assist in finding a mutually desirable solution to the impasse.
Comair says it will have plans in place to avoid a strike grounding passengers over the Easter weekend.
Former senior EFF member Thembinkosi Rawula, who was left off the party's national list, has found a new home with Numsa's Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party.
Members of Numsa plan to strike at the University of Johannesburg from Friday over pay gaps.
Union representatives and three employer formations have agreed to continue negotiating later in September, following threats of industrial action in the motor industry.
Unions have voiced concern at the recent announcement by ArcelorMittal to slash 2 000 jobs, with Solidarity warning that the retrenchments may be the first of many to come.
The board of South African Airways has backed its new interim CEO Zukisa Ramasia after the South African Airways Pilots Association criticised her appointment and threatened to go on strike.
Unions Numsa and SACCA have called for members of the SAA board to be removed, accusing them of preventing outgoing CEO Vuyani Jarana from turning the national carrier around.
Numsa says bureaucratic red tape and frustration forced SAA Chief Executive Vuyani Jarana to quit his job and demand that his resignation be rescinded.
Numsa has yet again met with the management of Comair in an attempt to resolve the issue of salary discrepancies.
The Labour Court has reserved judgement on Comair's application to interdict a Numsa strike that was due to begin on Thursday afternoon.
At the heart of the dispute are 21 personnel - 3% of the bargaining unit - whose salaries vary from their colleagues. In one instance, according to Comair, a staff member earns R7 900 more than their colleagues.
The first workers' party in South Africa has officially been launched and it hopes to garner the working class's votes and bag some seats in Parliament.
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