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Sep

02

How to deal with a troublesome contractor

How to deal with a troublesome contractor When new development work or refurbishments are required, it’s necessary to hire a contractor to manage the job, since contractors are the experts when it comes to building. They may hire sub-contractors or unskilled labour to assist with the building work, but ultimately it’s their responsibility, livelihood, and […]

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Jun

03

Turmoil in the gold mining industry

Turmoil in the gold mining industry While the Marikana Lonmin mine tragedy is still fresh in the minds of those involved, and the victory of platinum mine workers whose wage demands were met create a template of expectation for mine workers in other mineral and gold mines, the mining industry – especially gold mining – […]

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May

07

The legal conditions for termination of a construction contract

The legal conditions for termination of a construction contract When stakeholders in a construction project enter into agreement about the what, when, where, who and how of that construction project, there is a construction contract in place that legally binds them to their obligations in the project. In this contract, there are provisions made for parties […]

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Apr

04

Strikes: Trade unions and miners

The sad and unpleasant truth of the matter is that the gold coins and expensive jewellery that so many of us take for granted are the fruit of labourers who endure extreme conditions for little remuneration. The purpose of trade unions is to be the representative voice of their members (workers or employees) when acting […]

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Jan

09

The end of another strike

The end of another strike Hot on the heels of the raging disaster at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana, near to Rustenburg, came the huge strike by more than 20 000 freight workers in South Africa. By the first week in October, freight truck drivers were into their second week of strike action, putting pressure on […]

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Dec

20

What is industrial action?

What is industrial action? There are laws in place in the form of the Labour Relations Act (Act 66 of 1995) to protect employees from being exploited, to ensure adequate working conditions are provided, and to make sure employees are adequately compensated financially and with leave. The Act also makes provision for employees to strike, […]

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Oct

16

The Solidarity Trade Union

The Solidarity Trade Union As one of South Africa’s oldest trade unions, Solidarity (or Solidariteit) was formed – originally as a under a different name – in 1902. Then known as the Mine Workers Union, its express purpose was to protect mine workers on the Witwatersrand, but has since incorporated membership from employees in many […]

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Oct

16

The purpose and functions of the CCMA

The purpose and functions of the CCMA The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is an independent body that was established to resolve disputes in the workplace by way of conciliation, or arbitration if no resolution could be reached through mediation. The CCMA is not affiliated with any one political party, corporation or trade […]

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Jul

11

How to Decide What Job Is Right For You

We all dream of landing the perfect job one day. This dream job will usually consist of a good work-life balance, a nice pay package and good opportunities for career advancement. Each person’s idea of the perfect job will be different and sometimes choosing the one that is right for you can prove a little […]

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Jul

11

The Benefits of Signing Up With a Recruitment Agency

Recruitment agencies have been around for many years now and are used successfully by many people looking for work every year. Some people do question the real benefits of the recruitment agencies though, and whether or not they are good value for money. On closer inspection it is clear to see that the benefits of […]

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