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South African unions accept Eskom wage offer as power cuts bite

South African unions accept Eskom wage offer as power cuts bite

BHARGAV ACHARYA and NELLIE PEYTON SOUTH Africa's state-owned utility Eskom and workers' unions signed a wage deal on Tuesday, paving way for a possible resolution to its worst power cuts in two years. Struggling Eskom and its three recognised labour unions signed the agreement for a 7% salary increase a week after Eskom started implementing prolonged power cuts, blaming them on striking workers hampering efforts to bring malfunctioning power units back online. Eskom said power supplies would still take time to recover and urged its staff to return to work to begin the process. "As a result of the strike,…
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Why so many unions oppose vaccine mandates – even when they actually support them

Why so many unions oppose vaccine mandates – even when they actually support them

FROM the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, labour unions have been among the strongest advocates for workplace safety measures. JEFFREY HIRSCH, Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill So it came as a surprise to many that some unions have resisted the imposition of vaccine mandates, ranging in sentiment from cautious to outright hostile. Their reactions can seem confusing because we tend to associate unions with Democrats, who, polls show, overwhelmingly support vaccine mandates. In fact, some unions, including those that represent police officers, are more supportive of Republicans. As an expert in labor law, however, I…
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Nigerian union members protest over possible minimum wage change

Nigerian union members protest over possible minimum wage change

ABRAHAM ACHIRGA and CAMILLUS EBOH HUNDREDS of members of Nigeria's main labour unions marched to the parliament building in the capital on Wednesday in protest against a possible change to the minimum wage system. President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 signed into law a bill to increase Nigeria's monthly minimum wage to 30,000 naira ($79) from 18,000. Unions had gone on strike in late 2018 to push for the rise. A bill now under discussion in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, suggests a change whereby the country's 36 states would each set their own minimum wage rather…
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