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Read our exclusive cover story titled WORKPLACE POLITICISATION - A SERIOUS THREAT TO LABOUR STABILITY & THE PEACE OBLIGATION? by Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, as well a host of other topical management articles written by professionals, consultants and academics in the April/May 2021 edition of BusinessBrief.
Labour relations and the fairness standards for dismissal of an employee in South Africa have long been centred around the formality of disciplinary or incapacity enquiry processes, and the tradition of the usage of these processes has built up an expectation that they are mandatory.
South African manufacturers face serious challenges. Among them are a flood of cheap imports, a shrinking domestic market, often fractious labour relations and low productivity levels. We do have a weak currency and good technical expertise, but it remains a tough climate for manufacturing.
We welcome the signing of the Minimum Wage Bill into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Our firm was appointed by Nedlac to draft the Minimum Wage Bill as well as the amendments to the Labour Relations Act, which also came into effect today.
Employers must ensure they follow the right labour relations steps amidst a tough environment. Having recently slipped into a technical recession, the South African economy continues to experience dangerously low levels of economic growth, which does not bode well for national employment figures. Making matters worse is the technologically driven fourth industrial revolution which continues to threaten redundancy on a variety of jobs.
Nerine Kahn spent 10 years fixing the CCMA. What a decade of achievement! A superb interview conducted with a straight shooter. In 2006 Nerine Kahn moved from the Department of Labour to the CCMA leaving a LEGACY PAR EXCELLENCE in her wake when she left in 2016. Essential listening for insight into the CCMA.