Media Releases

Fitch decision to keep SA at sub-investment grade credit rating BB+ no reason to sit back

South Africa’s credit rating has been kept at sub-investment grade BB+ with a stable outlook.

Performers Protection Amendment Bill will rectify inequities that have long plagued SA actors

The Performers Protection Amendment Bill, which seeks to rectify inequities that have long plagued South African actors, was passed in Parliament.

Exiting a recession does not mean South Africa’s economy is not in crisis

 Much has been said about the South African economy exiting a recession after the economic growth statistics for the third quarter of 2018

Lower fuel price the best Christmas present for South Africa’s workers

The drop in fuel prices as announced over the weekend is great news for South Africa’s workers.

National minimum wage long overdue

UASA welcomes the announcement that the national minimum wage is now signed into law by Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday.

UASA helps achieve victory for SA Actor’s Guild

UASA welcomes the announcement by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry on their endorsement of the Copyright and Performers Protection Amendment Bills.

UASA achieves major victory for minority unions at CCMA

UASA achieved a major victory on Friday, 2 November 2018, when the CCMA granted the union basic organisational rights at Lonmin.

Slate levy a nasty blow for workers

The announcement by the Department of Energy that the petrol price remains unchanged

Members of UASA-The Union regained organisational rights at LONMIN:

The CCMA has granted members of UASA-The Union at Lonmin organisational rights.

StatsSA’s employment statistics dire for the 70% of working-age South Africans who crave jobs

With only 30% of working-age South Africans formally employed,

Cyril's New Dawn plan will require a new game plan

Like any business or organisation on a slippery slope, South Africa needs a turnaround strategy. Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa came forward with his New Dawn plan, and, as can be expected, there are those who support him and those who may have better plans.

UASA members to quell their anger at Denel with peaceful picket

Emotions of employees at Denel are running high and may soon turn to anger due to the financial quandary in which the defence equipment manufacturer finds itself.

Mboweni’s stint as part of organised business will help revive the economy:

UASA welcomes the appointment of Tito Mboweni as South Africa’s new finance minister. 

Johnny White is a man amongst men!

UASA CEO, Dr Koos Bezuidenhout, yesterday presented Johnny White from our Klerksdorp office with a certificate for meritorious services rendered to a UASA member.

FEDUSA and MTWU Calls on Police Minister Bheki Cele to Investigate and Intervene in the Kidnapping and Subsequent Murder of Johannes Mashele by Suspected Death Squad in Mogwase:

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) and the Motor Transport Union (MTWU),

Neither the state nor employers care enough for the health and lives of workers:

A UASA representative who visited the families of workers who lost their lives in the Rheinmetall Denel Munitions explosion, 

Slight fuel price adjustment welcome, but paraffin price increase a blow to the poor who need heating

The slight increase in the petrol price together with a slight drop in the price of diesel comes as a relief to workers and other South African consumers after the hefty increases over the past few months.

Low inflationary pressure keeps repo rate unchanged

As expected, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announced yesterday afternoon that the repo rate would be left unchanged.

DMR must speed up investigation into Sibanye-Stillwater fatalities and stick to due process

Mining company Sibanye-Stillwater's fatalities have reached disastrous proportions with 21 deaths since February this year.

Ramaphosa should make work of creating 1 million jobs as QES, QLFS results show that progress is slow

Two South African employment surveys, Stats SA’s Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) and the Quarterly Labour Force Statistics (QLFS), differ in many ways, also in the employment story that they tell.

Father's Day:

As we celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, let us remember things they taught us, how they encouraged us and how their wisdom and caring helped shape our lives. Let us make them feel special on Sunday

Youth Day:

In celebration of Youth Day, let us care for our youth as they will care for us when they lead us into the future.

FEDUSA Stands by Striking SASSA Workers

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) fully supports the right of SASSA (South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) workers within the Public Servants Association (PSA)

Thousands of Security Officers Will March against Cash-in-Transit Heists on Tuesday

Thousands of Security Officers in Motor Transport Workers Union (MTWU) – an affiliate of the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) in cash-in-transit industry

UASA members unfairly bearing the brunt of mismanagement at SA Express:

Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

FEDUSA to Lobby Labour Minister for the Social Protection of Actors:

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) will lobby Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, 

UASA Rustenburg is relocating!

The UASA Rustenburg Office is relocating to the PSG Building,

Happy Africa Day to all UASA members

Happy Africa Day to all UASA members

Anglogold Ashanti to cut 2000 jobs:

Johnny White from our Klerksdorp office informs that Anglogold Ashanti served a section 189 notice. 

The wage settlement survey:

the wage Settlement survey

FEDUSA Concerned about Increasing Cash-in-Transit Heists

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is deeply concerned about the increasing number of cash-in-transit robberies

FEDUSA Condemns the Use of Violence in Resolving Disputes

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has condemned in the strongest possible terms the use of violence as a way of resolving disputes of any nature be it at the workplace,

FEDUSA Welcomes Appointment of Transnet Interim Board

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has welcomed Public Enterprises Minister

UASA welcomes settlement in silicosis en TB class action

UASA welcomes the historic settlement of the silicosis en TB class action litigation that played itself out over the past three years, South Africa’s largest class action suit to date.

Fuel price, taxes financially cripple South Africa’s workers

As of midnight tomorrow the petrol price increases by a whopping 72 cents a litre, and all grades of diesel by 65,2c per litre.

Reduction in the repo rate will stimulate investments

Within the domestic and global environments the South African inflation risks have reduced considerably since the previous MPC meeting.

Fedusa to join Treasury on international investor roadshow:

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) will be part of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's delegation to meet credit rating agencies and investors in the United Kingdom and the United States next week, Fedusa said on Sunday.

Drop in fuel price excellent news for workers and the poor

The drop of 36c a litre in the pump price of petrol, as well as 47c/l for diesel and 30 c/l for paraffin is excellent news for South Africa’s workers.

Mantashe needs to get Mining Charter ball rolling to secure the industry’s future:

For Mining Minister Gwede Mantashe to reach his goal of a new Mining Charter agreement within three months, he must get the ball rolling without delay.

UASA demands urgent intervention into the management and control of Denel

The trade union UASA is calling upon the honorable President, Mr. Ramaphosa to urgently intervene in the control and management of the Denel group. 

SONA: A load of positive energy released by Pres. Ramaphosa

UASA extends its sincere congratulations to Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa on the delivery of a much needed State of the Nation Address.

Liberated from Zuma, we can look forward to new beginnings

South Africans are liberated at last. With the disgraceful and destructive leadership of Jacob Zuma now behind us, our hope is to look forward to proper and honest government, free of corruption and patronage.

Drop in unemployment likely the result of shrinking labour force

The drop in South Africa’s unemployment figure to 26,7% in the last quarter of 2017 as announced in Statistics SA’s quarterly labour force survey today could be misleading.

UASA representative’s ear cut and stripped naked near Kusile power station

Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

There is enough room and necessity for interest rate reductions in early 2018

UASA regrets that the South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee did not find it necessary to lower the interest rate today.

Matrics looking to further their education should not focus on universities only

UASA congratulates the 2017 matric class on their excellent result. Well done to all!

Don't ever underestimate the role you can play in 2018

With a turbulent 2017 almost behind us, I suppose all of us will approach this time of the year with an eagerness and glad that the festive season, with its usual holiday atmosphere, family reunions and celebrations, is drawing near and that we can try and relax at least for a while.

UASA in full support of Ramaphosa and his New Deal economic vision

UASA welcomes the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president.

Denel confirms cash crisis, workers still without their self-funded bonuses

State-owned company Denel today confirmed its cash crisis and admitted that it was defaulting on supplier payments and 13th cheques to employees.

Fedusa Meets PIC over Steinhoff Scandal

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) and its public sector affiliates the PSA; SAOU, NAPTOSA, HOSPERSA and SAPTU met with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Chief Executive Officer Dr Dan Matjila and his advisors to discuss the alleged massive corruption,

GDP growth recorded reflects massive uncertainty

UASA welcomes the good news of a 2% growth in GDP in the third quarter of 2017. 

Union aims to take action over Denel bonuses

Members were left fuming in November when Denel failed to pay them the 13th cheque, says trade union Uasa

Does Denel have money to pay the Salaries of its employees???

Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

The trade union UASA is extremely concerned that Denel might not be in a position to make full salary payments to its employees for the November 2017 pay month and beyond.

World Aids Day

Zero tolerance for new HIV infections! Now more than ever! Play your part in making this come true. 

Static interest rates and looming downgrade, fuel price increase does not bode well for workers

UASA Media Release: 23 November 2017

The South African Reserve Bank should have been in a position to lower interest rates today

Media Statement on Discontinuation of Green ID Book

Home Affairs has taken note of a message purported to be from the Department announcing that the lifespan of the green barcoded ID book comes to an end on 31 March 2018.

Amashova Smile Cycle Letter to CEO

Dear Mr. Hedley Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Smile Foundation of South Africa

FEDUSA Calls on Government to Ratify Convention 122

 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has called on NEDLAC and Parliament to debate the International Labour Organization’s Employment Policy Convention 122 to prepare the ground for its ratification by government as South Africa does not have an Employment Policy to arrest the worsening unemployment crisis in the country which stands at 27.7% according to the latest analysis from Statistics South Africa.

Unemployment rate remains the real crisis in South Africa:

Unemployment has been a crisis in South Africa for more than two decades.  

No plan to tackle high unemployment

The fact that altogether 105 000 jobs were shed in the manufacturing, construction and agriculture sectors

Fuel price hikes burdens workers and parents over the Festive Season and beyond

The fuel price increases that come into effect from midnight today due to the weakening rand

South Africa’s budget is at a tipping point

Earlier this year, Pravin Gordhan, the then Minister of Finance, reported that our total foreign debt stands at R2,2 trillion, or R2 200 000 000 000.

Deepavali / Diwali

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Decisive action urgently needed

Decisive action urgently needed from ANC quarters – Zuma must go soon

Increased fuel prices will break workers financially

South Africa’s workers cannot afford the price of  a litre of 93 octane petrol increasing by 25c

UASA shocked at the untimely and violent death of Harmony Gold’s Simphiwe Kubekha:

UASA is shocked and horrified at the untimely and violent death of  Simphiwe Kubekha,

FSB Unclaimed Benefits Search

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UASA disappointed that the repo rate has been left unchanged

The Monetary Policy Committee of the SA Reserve Bank missed a golden opportunity by not cutting the repo rate by at least another 25 basis points.

Lower repo rate essential to stimulate economic growth

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) made the right decision lowering the repo rate after its previous Monetary Policy Committee meeting, and should do so again tomorrow.

Gigaba speaks with a forked tongue about “tax morality”

How can we believe a single word coming out of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s fork-tongued mouth?

UASA legal team stays on top of their game

The UASA legal team

2.5% GDP growth pulls us out of recession, but not out of the woods

While the second quarter growth of 2.5% in GDP announced by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) yesterday pulled us out of the technical recession,

New retirement fund rules to better protect consumers

New retirement fund rules click here

Increased fuel prices will break workers financially

Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA: 

MOU on standardisation of salaries and grades SAPPI (Phase 1)

A memrandondum of understanding regarding the standardisation of salaries and grades in SAPPI has been signed.

Don’t Abuse State Pensions – Warns FEDUSA:

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is outraged that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba cannot rule...

Notice of merger between Isuzu Motors SA Pty Ltd & General Motors SA Pty Ltd

We have been informed regarding the merger between Isuzu Motors SA Pty Ltd & General Motors SA Pty Ltd.

Druk vir laer rentekoers laai op ná puik inflasiesyfer:

André Venter, woordvoerder van die vakbond Uasa, sê die Reserwebank móét eenvoudig die rentekoers verlaag 

CPI inflation shows that interest rates must be lowered even further

 Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA: 

Services Seta Calling for Applications - Artisans

The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA) hereby invites suitable employers, stakeholders and interested parties to apply for discretionary grant funding for Apprenticeships leading to Trade Tests and Assessment and Trade Test in any sector.

A drastic intervention is required to address our unemployment problem

Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

 

A drastic intervention is required to address our unemployment problem

Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

 

Unemployment is a structural problem

Statement by Jacques Hugo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA: 

UASA: SARB repo rate reduction could ignite the economy

The decision by the Reserve Bank to reduce the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.75% is a huge step in the right direction.

Full blown strike in the Sugar Industry avoided

Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

UASA: We need to thank the honourable Zwane for ANGLO GOLD job losses

Statement by Andre Venter, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

More than 800 UASA members served with AngloGold 189 notices as a direct result of Mining Charter

Statement by Franz Stehring, of the trade union UASA:

Unemployment figures a sad indictment against Government and President who promised workers millions of jobs

Statement by Jacques Hugo, CCO of the trade union UASA:

Child Welfare South Africa Roodepoort

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9 June 2017 UASA donated 100 blankets and R2500.00 per month for 12 months

Eid Mubarak! May Allah bring you joy, happiness, peace and prosperity

May Allah bring you joy, happiness, peace and prosperity on this blessed occasion.  

UASA not prepared to rubberstamp the new Mining Charter without further engagement

UASA did not attend this morning’s meeting of the Mining Industry Development Growth and Employment Task Team (Midgett)

Why are so many of South Africa’s youth unemployed?

14 June 2017

With Youth Day around the corner, the continuing problem of high youth unemployment will be under the magnifying glass.

Stop Killing Our Children – FEDUSA SJC

13 June 2017

The Social Justice Committee (SJC), a sub structure of the Federations of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) that focuses on youth and gender advocacy,

FEDUSA Disappointed with Pessimistic Economic Growth As A Result of Own Goals

The Federation of Unions of South (FEDUSA) is deeply concerned with the pessimistic economic growth as a result of own goals scored by President Jacob Zuma and the recent crisis in South Africa,

230 000 Strong PSA serves 10-day strike notice on Home Affairs

8 June 2017 

The 230 000 strong Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA), who is affiliated to FEDUSA served 10-day strike notice on the Department of Home Affairs

FEDUSA Welcomes Mogajane’s Appointment as Director General of the National Treasury

8 June 2017 the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has welcomed Cabinet’s appointment of acting Director General Dondo Mogajane as the new Director General of National Treasury.

UASA makes donation to Child Welfare South Africa Roodepoort

Child welfare 3UASA donated 100 blankets and R2500.00 per month for 12 months

Government, industry must take a long-term view to save the economy

South Africa must stop scoring own goals and take a long-term view

Fuel price drop a relief, but struggling workers still have to count every cent

The small drop in fuel prices as from midnight tomorrow will bring welcome relief to workers

Strike averted. Two year wage deal signed at Vital Foods

A strike has been averted at Vital Foods after a two-year wage deal has been reached

Chance for lower interest rate evaporates

Zuma and his followers are squarely to blame for ordinary workers’ financial burden  

Had it not been for the South Africa’s economic and political uncertainty

Ramadan is not just about fasting

But Ramadan is not just about fasting. It is also a time for spiritual reflection and devoting themselves to worship and pray to Allah.

Important notice: Server updates

Kindly note that all of our severs will not be accessible on Saturday 27 May ,2017 from 07:00 until 15:00

Study grants awarded to 15 students

We are pleased to announce the names of the recipients of UASA's study grants for 2017.

Ten students were each awarded a grant valued R 5 000; and five were awarded grants of R2 500 each:

Many Workers Want Pay Rise

The majority of workers in South Africa, or 75 percent of those surveyed, want a pay increase from their employers according to the country findings of the annual International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Global Poll for 2017 that has been released today ahead of the G20 Labour Ministers meeting on Thursday.

Telephone Conference with Fitch 16 May 2017

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) General Secretary Dennis George will participate in a telephone conference with credit ratings agency Fitch this afternoon between 15h00 and 16h00 to discuss developments in the labour market. Fitch has, along with Standard & Poor, already downgraded South Africa’s sovereign to sub-investment grade or junk status. A third credit rating agency, Moody’s, has put South Africa on review for sovereign downgrading.

Molefe’s return to Eskom is irregular and unacceptable

UASA joins the outcry against the return of Brian Molefe as the Group CEO of Eskom.

SOEs should play a leading role in training young South Africans for the labour market

State-owned enterprises (SOEs) may hold the answer to solving South Africa’s ongoing employment equity scourge.

UASA Head Office operational between 26 April and 2 May 2017

While all UASA offices will be closed as from 14:00 on 26 April to 2 May 2017 due to all the public holidays, UASA Head Office will remain operational

Let’s talk about nationalisation of industry

If there is one thing that history has proven, is that nationalisation is not a sustainable way of running an economy

ANC has all the answers, until reality strikes

Shockingly, Enoch Godongwana, chairperson of the ANC’s committee on economic transformation, has conceded that the ruling party seems limited in its understanding of the implications of South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to junk status.

FEDUSA Joins Mass Protests

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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) will join the nationwide mass protest marches on Friday

Do we simply accept Zuma reducing us to junk status?

The irrational and irresponsible actions of Pres Jacob Zuma and whoever his advisors are, make a ratings downgrade by international ratings agencies to junk status a certainty.

Zuma holds the key to the vault: It’s now or never for South Africans

While the nation is still reeling from the shock cabinet reshuffle at midnight, UASA has had enough

SARB makes correct decision amidst Zuma’s political games

UASA is pleased with the decision of the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) decision to leave interest rates unchanged.

While Zuma plays his games, signs of ANC realism and intelligence encourage the rest of us

Dear Pres. Zuma

What a week this is, Mr President! Amidst encouraging signs of economic growth, realism and intelligence are surfacing in the ANC as parliamentary portfolio committees

FEDUSA supports airline pilots's legal action against Myeni

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) fully supports the decision by the South African Airways Pilots

Gordhan should revisit Zuma’s nine-point plan in Budget speech

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will have to pull a rabbit out of a hat to keep state spending in check