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strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that the Department of Labour’s Industrial Action report for 2016‚ released on Thursday, showed that in term of wages lost, the South African labour economy lost approximately R161 million due to work stoppages in 2016, compared to R116 million in 2015.  

This reflected an increase of 38.8%.  The labour market lost a total of 946‚323 working days as a result of 122 work stoppages.  This represented a 4.7% increase in working days lost in 2016‚ compared to 903‚921 days lost in 2015.  There were 90‚228 workers involved in labour disputes in 2016‚ the lowest figure since strike records captured in 2013.  Most of the work stoppages were due to wages‚ bonus and other compensation demands.  “Strikes in company only” were predominantly higher, contributing to 56% of strikes in 2016.  Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal topped the provinces affected by stoppages.  The median wage settlement from various industries in 2016 was close to 8% as compared to 7.4% in 2015.

  • Read this report in full at TimesLive
  • Read the department’s press release on the report at DOL online


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