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One financial blow after the other

Fuel price hike to cause further job losses and wage demands

More clarity needed on AMD measures

The Trade Union UASA welcomes the statement by Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel that Cabinet has at long last accepted the recommendations by the inter-ministerial task team which investigated the issue of acid mine drainage (AMD).

2011 Budget spells gloom for workers

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

Buy-in and cooperation recipe for fewer mine fatalities, says UASA

Proposed changes to labour relations act may hurt thousands of workers

A great number of workers could end up disenfranchised if the latest proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Act (1995) are accepted in their present form, says the trade union UASA.

Drastic changes to the amendments are necessary, says Leon Grobler, Chief Operations Officer of UASA and Chief Negotiator of Fedusa at Nedlac on the amendments.

New call centre to assist temporary workers opened its doors today

The trade union UASA’s brand new call centre to assist temporary workers opened its doors today, 3 January 2011.

Temporary workers, including non-UASA members, can call in and request information regarding their contracts and legal rights. The service is free.

Matrics need to get foot on the job ladder first says trade union uasa

Getting on the job ladder is often more important than the type of job you get, and this year’s matriculants are well advised to be prepared to work hard, to send out a lot of CV’s and to go the extra mile to get a foot on that first step of the ladder.

Department of Labour bureaucracy causes Aurora Grootvlei workers to go unpaid

The princely sum of R800,000 has been paid towards the salaries of some Aurora Grootvlei miners from Springs by the department of labour, while the mine is said to owe about 5,500 workers an estimated R15 million in outstanding salaries.

An employee in control is an employee aiming for success

Stay relevant to your employer in 2011

Career success does not come easy. It takes hard work and determination.

But coupled with a positive attitude, strong interpersonal skills and technical capability, you can smoothe your pathway to success, says André Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA.

Uasa adopts a more progressive approach to labour brokers

Trade union’s new Call Centre will assist temporary workers

Statement by André Venter, spokesperson of UASA:

The trade union UASA agrees that some labour brokers give the industry a bad name and that the ideal would be to ensure a permanent job for all workers.

However, Cosatu’s Zwelinzima Vavi’s comment yesterday that next year will see the “mother of all battles” against labour brokers is problematic in the sense that we live in a real world where there will probably always be a need for temporary workers.

South Africa's water security crisis past the eleventh hour

Since March, this year, it has taken the trade union UASA three well-publicized, high-level seminars, an authoritative impact study, numerous meetings and a Section 77 application at Nedlac to bring home the message that South Africa is facing a gigantic water crisis. (The next meeting about the matter at Nedlac will take place either on 1 or 2 December 2010, when government, organized business and organized labour will be obliged to continue their discussions in terms of Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act.)

UASA commends Cynthia Carroll, Anglo American as exemplary corporate citizens

UASA commends mining giant Anglo American Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll for publicly admitting that the mine’s environmental history leaves much to be desired.

Carroll also admitted in the past week that mining activities in Sishen are the reason why farms in the area are becoming increasingly dewatered.

In addition, Anglo was recently singled out as one of 125 mines coal mining without the necessary water permit.

Shock findings on how decreased water quality and quantity could affect SA economy

Any decrease in the quality, and therefore usability, of water in South Africa by 1% may result in the loss of 200 000 jobs, a drop of 5,7% in disposable income per capita, and an increase of 5% or R18,1 billion in government spending.

UASA concerned about petrol price increase

UASA is concerned that the substantial increase of 20 cents per litre in the price of all grades of petrol next week, as announced by the Department of Minerals and Energy on Friday, may prove to be just one more blow to South Africa’s still struggling workers and consumers.