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The South African Labour Market in 2016

13 January 2016
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The South African labour market faces a dynamic and challenging 2016: rn

  • The introduction of a national minimum wage is imminent.
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  • Dissident Cosatu unions talk of joining the expelled metal workers’ union Numsa to establish a new trade union federation.
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  • The effect of 2015 amendments to labour laws will continue to be tested in labour courts.
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  • Important court judgments on industry collective bargaining and affirmative action will be handed down.
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  • The mining sector will struggle to emerge from a period of industrial relations instability following a rupture in traditional union membership in the sector.