Strike, Fidentia, GEMS

State toys with unions, and toyi-toying begins

Seven months ago, eight civil service trade unions submitted a joint demand for a 12% rise to the bargaining council. Government’s initial offer was 5.3% that later increased to 6% The failure to reach a settlement between government and the unions led to the biggest strike in SA since 1994.

(Sunday Times, 3 June 2007)

Fidentia staff to get shares

The curators may not dispose of Automated Outsourcing Services (AOS) and Software Futures unless staff are given shares by new owners. Last month some staff at AOS received ‘golden handcuffs’ through retention bonuses.

(Moneyweb, 31 May 2007)

DST tackles skills shortage

The Department of Science and Technology’s medium-term budget includes allocation of R323 million to “address the adequate development and renewal of human scientific resources.” It will be directed towards the Research Professional Development project; the Post-Doctoral Fellowship programme; and the Centres of Excellence initiative.

(IT Web, 28 May 2007)

Mining boom fuels jobs bonanza  

The platinum and chrome rush are good news for those in North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Over 20 000 new jobs will be created up to 2012 as a result of mine development on the Eastern limb of the platinum-rich Bushveld Complex. Banks, small business and estate agents are also benefitting from the boom.

(Sunday Times, 27 May 2007)

Principal ‘can’t afford car’

A principal at a high school in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town with 35 years experience takes home a salary of R6000

(News24 24, 25 May 2007)

State medical aid shakes sector

The Government Employees’ Medical Scheme (Gems) is causing a shake up in the R35 billion rand medical aid sector. It has been winning members over from the open schemes and provides a better subsidy to public servants to join GEMS

(News24, 19 May 2007)

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