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Wage Agreements In South Africa

SACTWU has been campaigning for subsistence wages for many years and the campaign has not stopped because of Covid-19. However, due to the restrictions of Covid 19, the campaign continued via social networks and online platforms. The union says this year`s negotiations at the National Bargaining Council for the apparel industry have been difficult due to disruptions caused by the pandemic, including plant and retail store closures, reductions and reduced working hours for some workers. Other employers even wanted to rewrite indeterminate contracts and freeze wages – the union strongly opposed the proposals. It said that it was asking for a 15% pay increase and that there was no counter-offer from employers represented on the bargaining board. Government and organized work have been on the road to collision since Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced cuts to the public sector payroll during his budget review in February. Subsequently, the State gave up on implementing the final stage of the collective agreement it had signed three years ago with the unions. The case is now the subject of arbitration and legal proceedings. Labour analyst Michael Bagraim said workers should be grateful to still have jobs. « You would expect the unions to say, `We`re going to spend our time stopping the cuts instead of generating higher wages for the few.` It`s simple: if an employer agrees to increase his salary, he must compensate by reducing some of his staff. The CWU is also calling for higher wages for SA Post (Sapo) employees. CWU President Aubrey Tshabalala said Sapo was renouncing a 6.5% pay increase as part of the final stage of a two-year wage contract signed. « Proposals to freeze employers` wages and wages due to the Covid 19 pandemic are not at all possible.

We are determined to pursue the demands for our members` livelihoods without fear or favour. We are pleased that, under very difficult economic conditions, the apparel industry has now reached a satisfactory agreement for both parties. « Covid-19 has wreaked havoc in the apparel industry around the world, and we applaud SACTWU for its continued struggle for wages in these difficult conditions. We must insist that the pandemic should not be used as an excuse for employers not to pay sustainable wages. JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers representing the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) argued Wednesday that the 2018 collective agreement had obtained the necessary approvals before being signed. More than 70,000 workers will benefit from the collective agreement, which will raise wages above inflation and bonuses. Healy said that during this period, unions should focus on maintaining employment and not on what he called « unrealistic wage demands »: « If employers are pressured to pay wage increases they cannot afford, there will be reductions. On 23 September, the Labour Court of the Communication Workers` Union (CWU) banned the collection of ICT provider Mustek on the AMS list, where workers are demanding a 20% increase; State aid of R3,000; A welfare fund; and that the company contributes 50% to their medical aid. As economic activity resumes at Level 1, employers are caught between a rock and a hard place if they are caught between union demands for higher wages – which affect thousands of workers – and reviving their businesses to recover the losses caused by Covid-19.

But the unions argued that the employer`s challenge was that they were negotiating with various means to save money to raise money from wage increases, and now that the government had not, it wanted workers to bear the main burden of their challenge. We propose to postpone the negotiations by six months and to resume talks at the beginning of the new

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