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gideonduplessisIn an informative overview, Gideon du Plessis, trade union Solidarity’s general secretary. writes about key unresolved workplace that will be issues of importance on the labour relations scene in 2022.

The public unions’ dissatisfaction with this year’s public service salary negotiations, the long-awaited Constitutional Court ruling on non-implementation of the last leg of their 2018 agreement, and the new 2022 negotiations will all be interlinked. Meantime, government employees can expect only a 1.5% increase in 2022/2023 in terms of the National Treasury’s Public Sector Remuneration Strategy that finance minister Enoch Godongwana referred to in his medium-term budget policy statement. At Eskom, there is the dispute about the utility’s unilateral implementation of the 2021 salary increases, with the unions having referred the matter for arbitration. The ruling in this regard is due soon. The 2022 Eskom negotiations are set to begin in April. Sibanye-Stillwater is currently embroiled in a wage dispute with mining unions at its gold mines. Among other issues marked out by Du Plessis are the outcome of the investigation conducted by the Essential Services Committee (ESC) into strikes in the coal and steel sectors; the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council’s struggle for survival in the face of antagonistic employer organisations; business rescue processes at Comair and Mango; salary negotiations at Safair; salary negotiations at SAA Technical; negotiations in the bargaining council for the chemical industry’s petroleum, industrial chemicals and glass sectors; the plight of unpaid Denel employees; elective congresses at Numsa and the NUM; Joseph Mathunjwa of Amcu’s appeal against a labour court ruling that his 2019 re-election as president in 2019 was invalid; a definite answer in early 2022 about mandatory Covid-19 vaccination of employees; and the effect of Covid-19 on the economy and job losses.

  • Read the original of Gideon du Plessis’ informative article in full at BusinessLive


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