What is the likelihood that the Labour Relations Amendment Act (6 of 2014) will increase permanent employment in the construction sector?

What is the likelihood that the Labour Relations Amendment Act (6 of 2014) will increase permanent employment in the construction sector?

The South African government introduced the Labour Relations Amendment Act (6 of 2014), which came into effect on 1 January 2015. The aim of this paper is to review the likelihood that the Amended Act will increase permanent employment in the construction sector of South Africa. First, an analysis of the changing nature of employment in the construction sector is done and the factors responsible for the change are explored. It is specifically highlighted that…

Women in construction, mining still face discrimination

Women in construction, mining still face discrimination

Cape Town – Men working in the male-dominated mining and construction sectors continue to use abusive and discriminatory language against their female colleagues, research released by the Sam Tambani Research Institute (Satri) on Monday showed. Satri, founded by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), released a a book on survey findings on challenges facing women at the workplace in the mining, energy and construction sectors of South Africa. Satri researcher…

Union and business efforts to increase productivity in the mining sector: A critical Reflection

Union and business efforts to increase productivity in the mining sector: A critical Reflection

The aim of this paper is to examine the practicality of how mineworkers, organised under a trade union, can participate in employers’ productivity-increasing initiatives in a mutually beneficial way in South Africa. A critical analysis of the concept of productivity and its practical application in the mining business environment, including the aspect of relationship dynamics between mineworkers and employers is done. It is highlighted that defining productivity in the sector is subjective and characterised by…