The SRI positions the Movement strategically on four focus areas namely labour economy and relations, socio-political research, political research and legal research. It enables them to ensure that the Movement remains an important and influential stakeholder in the national discourse. The analysis of existing and new government policies, as well as commentary on them, also forms a large part of their responsibility.

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Archives 2018


  • Solidarity Bank Charges Report 2018

    This is the ninth Solidarity Bank Charges Report. This year’s report covers all the major transactional accounts offered by the five largest banks in South Africa. In addition, it includes the Money Account of Old Mutual, following a request from Old Mutual to do so. Not included are accounts available only to the youth, students  

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  • Labour Market Report Quarter April – June 2018


  • Big Discussion – Rothbard

    Background on the author Murray Newton Rothbard (1926-1995) was undoubtedly one of the preeminent proponents of the Austrian school of economic thought – in my estimation, second only to the great Ludwig Von Mises in terms of his economic and political analyses and insights. His contributions, which are of immeasurable value, cover economic, historical as  

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  • Russell Lamberti and Gerhard van Onselen discuss the SA macro-economy and the health of the labour market

    In this conversation Morné Malan (Solidarity Research Institute) talks to Russell Lamberti (ETM Macro Advisors) and Gerhard van Onselen (Solidarity Research Institute). Topics covered include: Solidarity-ETM Labour Market index results and a broader look at the health of the labour market The prospects for wage increases and job security The SA macro-economic environment, including the  

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  • Archives 2016


  • Release of the Solidarity-ETM SA Labour Market Report and Index, Q4 2016

    Despite improvement in Labour Market Index, talk of ‘green shoots’ premature – Solidarity The index and report are available here Following the release of the latest Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI), which showed a slight improvement in the third quarter, Solidarity has warned against premature talks of ‘green shoots’ of economic recovery. The LMI increased  

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  • Release of the Solidarity-ETM South African Labour Market Report for Q3 2016

    Job and wage security on the decline for almost six years. [Click here to download the complete Report and Index.] Job and wage security remained weak in the second quarter of 2016, caught up in a labour environment of declining job and wage security that has lasted for almost six years since 2011. This is  

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  • Solidarity-ETM South African Labour Market Report for Quarter 2, 2016

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  • Gedagtes in aanloop tot die Nasionale Begroting van Februarie 2016

    In Desember van 2015 het die Solidariteit Navorsingsinstituut (SNI) ʼn verslag vrygestel oor die huidige trajek van die staat se finansies. In die verslag het ons groot kommer oor die staat se finansies uitgespreek. Daarin het ons het aangevoer dat die staat se finansies by ʼn kruispad is, waar omsigtigheid, of die gebrek daaraan, toenemend  

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  • Solidarity-ETM South African Labour Market Report for Quarter 1, 2016

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  • Higher minimum wages are like mainstream monetary policy

    By Paul Joubert, Senior Researcher: Solidarity Research Institute A political process for the introduction of a compulsory national minimum wage is currently under way in South Africa. There are those who contend that a high minimum wage, in the order of about R5 000 per month, will be conducive to economic growth and employment, or  

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  • Macroeconomic update 2016Q1: Weak rand has placed the economy in danger of recession

    By Russell Lamberti, Chief Strategist: ETM Analytics Graph of the quarter The extent of the rand’s depreciation in December and January has superseded even the most bearish short-term expectations of market analysts. The move is strongly reminiscent of previous blowouts and the top in the rand/dollar exchange rate is a now largely a guessing game.  

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  • Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index: Q4 2015

    Employee confidence recovered in Q4, but business conditions remained challenging. SA Labour Market Index summary (50,0 = neutral) Q4 2015 Q3 2015 Q4 2014 Weight LMI 45,2 42,0 46,2 100% Employee Confidence 48,8 39,2 43,3 33,3% Labour Affordability 38,3 36,6 41,2 33,3% Business Cycle 48,6 50,4 53,9 33,3% The Solidarity-ETM South African Labour Market Index  

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  • The failed policies of the South African government’s economic cluster

    By Russell Lamberti, Chief Strategist: ETM Analytics Since the 2008/09 global financial crisis, ANC policy makers, most notably minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, have made a concerted effort to point out that the crisis demonstrated the failure of “Western capitalism” and opened the way for a more state-led development path. Under the Zuma  

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  • Obfuscation through inflation: GDP ratios over time

    By Gerhard van Onselen, Economic Researcher: Solidarity Research Institute Two of the most important documents published by government are the February National Budget Review and the October Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, known colloquially as the mini budget. Though rarely read in detail by non-financial, non-economic audiences, these documents are of considerable importance. In them government’s  

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  • Damaging policies exacerbate impact of economic shocks – Solidarity

    The South African government’s damaging policy exacerbates the impact of global economic shocks on the local economy. While lower commodity prices and other external obstacles hamper South Africa’s current growth prospects, these factors do not carry most of the blame for the slump in die local economy. According to Gerhard van Onselen, economic researcher at  

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  • SRI Drought Report: Dust to dust

    The SRI Drought Report offers a brief summary of the course the current drought has taken since its onset in 2015. The report examines its origins as well as its impact on farmers, the agricultural sector, consumers and the public as a whole. It also offers an insight into the possible effects on social stability,  

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  • Matric Report: The South African labour market and the prospects for the matriculants of 2015

    Click here to read the complete report.  


  • Matric certificate not enough to get a good job – Solidarity

    6 January 2016 Matric certificate not enough to get a good job – Solidarity Trade union Solidarity today said that obtaining a matric certificate was not enough for landing a good job. The statement came in the wake of the Department of Education’s announcement yesterday of the 2015 matric results. The Solidarity Research Institute, in  

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  • Archives 2015


  • SRI Liveability Monitor Free State 2015

    Click here to view the full report.


  • Free State municipalities fail liveability test – Solidarity

    10 December 2015 Municipal governance, service delivery and liveability in the Free State is really quite pathetic. In addition, crime, especially violent crime, is out of control and in general the quality of drinking water is poor. This is the findings in the Liveability Monitor for the Free State, compiled by the Solidarity Research Institute  

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  • Report: The current trajectory of government finances

    Government’s dire financial position, and the consequent damage to the local economy can be overturned if market friendly reforms are implemented. This is according to a new report by the Solidarity Research Institute. The report, which considers the current trajectory of government finances in light of the October 2015 mini budget documents, was released today.  

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  • Solidarity Bank Charges Report: Competition among banks remains fierce

    24 November 2015 Solidarity Bank Charges Report: Competition among banks remains fierce Competition in the market for basic bank accounts is still active, while pressure of competition is keeping the cost of accounts marketed to the middle class in check. This is according to the sixth annual bank charges report by the Solidarity Research Institute  

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  • Solidarity Bank Charges Report 2015

    A comparative analysis of the cost of a selection of personal transactional accounts at five banks in South Africa. Click here to view the report.


  • ANC totalitarianism will ruin the economy and create mass unemployment

    By Russell Lamberti, Chief Strategist: ETM Analytics By numerous key measures South Africa’s economy is failing miserably. Inflation-adjusted GDP per capita has been falling since 2013 and has remained stagnant since 2007. This contrasts with the previous 8-year period from 1999–2007 in which per capita real GDP increased by 26%. Electricity production has fallen by  

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  • The distribution of higher educational qualifications in South Africa: EAP versus reality

    By Gerhard van Onselen, Economic Researcher: Solidarity Research Institute Solidarity Trade Union is widely recognised for its involvement in a number of legal challenges to the prevailing implementation of affirmative action (AA). At its heart, Solidarity’s position opposes a purely mathematical interpretation of AA, where a person’s race carries a disproportionately large weight in decisions  

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  • A look at the recent student protests and their foreseeable consequences

    By Piet le Roux, Head: Solidarity Research Institute   All labour markets are deeply influenced by the educational organisations that feed them. Any upset in education will before long make itself felt in the workplace. For this reason it is important to consider the effects of the more than two weeks of student protests in  

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  • Macroeconomic update 2015 Q4: Consumer sectors showing signs of vulnerability

    By Russell Lamberti, Chief Strategist: ETM Analytics Graph of the quarter The SA vehicle market is under tremendous pressure as the support for big-ticket credit-financed consumer spending weakens. The post-2009 reflation of the car market bubble is unwinding rather painfully and is a bearish structural and cyclical signal. If past cycles are any guide, it  

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  • Stormy labour market: Employees will suffer for a long while to come – Solidarity

    4 November 2015 Owing to the slump in the labour market, employees in various sectors have come under substantial pressure and have been experiencing lasting insecurity in the workplace since 2007. In addition, various macroeconomic indicators show that this storm won’t pass for a long while to come.   These are some of the findings  

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  • Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index Q3 2015: Employee confidence remained low in Q3 2015

    Employee confidence remained low in Q3 2015. SA Labour Market Index Summary (50,0 = neutral) Q3 2015 Q2 2015 Q3 2014 Weight LMI 43,4 42,9 43,0 100% Employee Confidence 39,2 34,1 40,4 33,3% Labour Affordability 39,5 40,5 40,9 33,3% Business Cycle 51,4 54,3 47,7 33,3%     The Solidarity-ETM South Africa Labour Market Index (LMI)  

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  • Solidarity to Nersa: Stop making public pay for Eskom’s mistakes

    Trade union Solidarity today urged the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to protect the public from further exploitation by Eskom, and to put workable plans in place that will alleviate the energy crisis. Solidarity was invited to share its thoughts at a Nersa public hearing held in Johannesburg today on Eskom’s application for  

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  • Comment on Eskom’s MYPD3 selective reopener application

    As requested by Nersa in May 2015. Submission compiled by the Solidarity Research Institute, on behalf of the Solidarity Trade Union 15 June 2015 1.     Introduction – about Solidarity 1.1   These comments are furnished by Solidarity Trade Union (“Solidarity”) following the invitation for public comment on Eskom’s MYPD3 selective reopener application. 1.2   Solidarity is a  

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  • Corruption report: Bigger than Nkandla

    [The following section is an excerpt from the September 2015, SRI report on corruption.] Introduction To be sure, if South Africa is to tackle the many ills that afflict it and thrive socially and economically, corruption needs to be combatted much more successfully than is currently the case. A comparison of any development and corruption indices  

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  • Corruption crisis in South Africa bigger than Nkandla – Solidarity

    22 September 2015 Corruption crisis in South Africa bigger than Nkandla – Solidarity Corruption in South Africa has reached crisis proportions and stretches far beyond the notorious Nkandla debacle. This is according to a new report released by the trade union Solidarity today. The report details nine corruption scandals that, over the past number of  

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  • Concise report: Retrenchments in 2015 – some indications

    By Gerhard van Onselen, Solidarity Research Institute Introduction A wave of retrenchments is currently flooding the South African economy. It is well known that thousands of posts at a number of large companies are involved, e.g. 9 000 at Telkom; 4 500 at Lonmin; 1 200 at ArcelorMittal, but unfortunately, the crisis goes deeper. Although accurate and comprehensive  

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  • South Africa Macro Update 3rd Quarter 2015: Rand remains a major risk as economy breathes a sigh of cyclical relief

    By ETM Analytics Graph of the quarter Over recent years South African political leaders often argued that an overvalued currency was a key factor restraining the SA manufacturing sector. There is very little evidence to support this view. On the contrary, the currency remains a crucial structural impediment to any sustained improvement in economic activity,  

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  • GDP Accounting and Trade: How GDP accounting misleads trade policy

    By Russell Lamberti, Chief Strategist: ETM Analytics International trade is one of the most misunderstood issues in economics. The common misguided narrative goes something like this: exports are good and imports are bad, therefore exports should be promoted by industrial policies, while imports should be curtailed as much as possible by industrial policies. Like necessary  

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  • The real triple challenge: taxes, affirmative action and BEE

    By Piet le Roux, Head: Solidarity Research Institute Government often refers to the so-called triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The problem with this view is that all three of the above are consequences and not causes. The causes are to be found elsewhere, in the triple challenge of taxes, affirmative action and black  

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  • Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index: Q2 2015

    Employee confidence down sharply again in Q2 2015 SA Labour Market Index Summary (50.0 = Neutral) Q2 2015 Q1 2015 Q2 2014 Weight LMI 43,5 43,7 42,4 100% Employee Confidence 34,1 37,5 40,6 33,3% Labour Affordability 42,7 39,6 40,4 33,3% Business Cycle 53,6 54,0 46,3 33,3% The Solidarity-ETM South African Labour Market Index (LMI) fell  

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  • Emergency plan for a total Eskom blackout launched

    English now available:  Solidarity, in conjunction with KragDag, over the weekend launched an emergency plan aimed at the event of a total Eskom blackout. The plan offers practical tips on how households can prepare for the possibility of being without Eskom electricity for up to two weeks. Although chances for a collapse of the national  

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  • Solidarity to Nersa: Stop making public pay for Eskom’s mistakes

    Tradeunion Solidarity today urged the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to protect the public from further exploitation by Eskom, and to put workable plans in place that will alleviate the energy crisis. Solidarity was invited to share its thoughts at a Nersa public hearing held in Johannesburg today on Eskom’s application for a  

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  • Inflation as taxation

    ETM Feature Article: Quarter 1 2015 “‘No taxation without representation” was the rallying cry of the American Revolution, but nowhere has “no inflation without representation” inspired the same excitement. Despite both decreasing salaries, inflation is in the public mind rarely associated with taxation. This article gauges the burden of inflation on salary earners and explores  

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  • Import duties as a tax and hidden subsidy

    By Piet le Roux, Head: Solidarity Research Institute While historically import duties were one of the major sources of income for governments and regents, they have been of lesser importance in modern times. Dwarfed against the extent of instruments like personal income tax and VAT, import duties are today often regarded as a form of  

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  • Taxes: you pay more than you think you do

    You pay more tax than you think you do. And thanks to government debt, political expectations and government interference in the economy, you will sooner or later pay even more. That is what Solidarity says in a special tax issue of its quarterly Labour Market Report, compiled in collaboration with ETM Analytics. This report was  

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  • Income tax has long been raised – 2015 no exception

    This year’s state budget speech by the new minister of finance, Nhlanhla Nene, was the first in recent history that did not include any mention of tax relief. In the 2014 budget speech relief of R9,3 billion on taxes paid by households was announced and in 2013 it was R7 billion. In this year’s speech, however,  

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  • Only 1,1 million to 3,3 million taxpayers propping up government spending

    As the South African government is being increasingly squeezed between its inability to rein in its spending and its ever-increasing debt burden, it is not surprising that this pressure is being rerouted to the taxpayers in South Africa. This has been happening for a number of years now and was very visible in the most  

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  • 2015 Q2: The state of the economy in nine graphs

    By Rob Price, Market Analyst: ETM Analytics Graph of the quarter A divergence has emerged between household credit growth and household money supply, where credit has slowed while deposit balances have risen. This trend is indicative of conservative balance sheet activity and low household confidence and generates a negative outlook for retail activity over the  

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  • Inflation as taxation

    By Ricardo da Camara, Market Analyst: ETM Analytics “‘No taxation without representation” was the rallying cry of the American Revolution, but nowhere has “no inflation without representation” inspired the same excitement. Despite both decreasing salaries, inflation is in the public mind rarely associated with taxation. This article gauges the burden of inflation on salary earners  

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  • Import duties as a tax and hidden subsidy

    By Piet le Roux, Head: Solidarity Research Institute While historically import duties were one of the major sources of income for governments and regents, they have been of lesser importance in modern times. Dwarfed against the extent of instruments like personal income tax and VAT, import duties are today often regarded as a form of  

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  • Debt is our destiny: How government is spending us into crisis

    By Gerhard van Onselen and Piet le Roux: Solidarity Research Institute Medium-term forecasts foresee national debt increasing by approximately 31% from R1,8 trillion in 2014/15 to R2,3 trillion in 2017/18. Moving from a debt to GDP ratio of 31,6% in 2009/10 to 46,2% in 2014/15, government finances in South Africa are triggering all sorts of alerts at  

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  • Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index Q1 2015

    Falling levels of worker security apparent in Q1 SA Labour Market Index Summary (50,0 = Neutral) Q1 2015 Q4 2014 Q1 2014 Weight LMI 43,5 44,6 46,8 100% Employee Confidence 30,7 43,3 47,5 33,3% Labour Affordability 47,6 41,1 47,9 33,3% Business Cycle 52,3 49,5 45,2 33,3%   The Solidarity-ETM South African Labour Market Index (LMI)  

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  • Lynne Brown or Eskom is dishonest regarding Eskom’s racial targets

    Either Public Enterprises Minister Lynn Brown or Eskom is dishonest about Eskom’s objectives regarding racial numbers for its staff. This is according to the trade union Solidarity after Brown yesterday, at a KKNK discussion, denied that Eskom wanted to get rid of more than 3 000 white staff members within the next five years. According to  

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  • Eskom: A wellness and job perception study

    In March 2015, Solidarity undertook a wellbeing and work experience study among its members at Eskom. The aim of the study was mainly to determine the members’ experience, views and feelings regarding aspects of their workplace, as well as their job satisfaction and future expectations. An electronic questionnaire was sent to 4 807 Solidarity members in  

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  • Comment on the reduction of UIF contributions

    Solidarity’s comments to the National Treasury on the proposed reduction of unemployment insurance contributions: section 6 of the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, 2002   1.     Introduction – about Solidarity 1.1   These comments are furnished by Solidarity Trade Union (“Solidarity”) following the invitation for public comment on the proposed amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act.  

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  • Is there Deflation in South-Africa?

    The oil price surprise The price of oil has fallen rapidly from its mid-2014 highs of $115 per barrel to just below $50 per barrel in January 2015. This dramatic 60% drop has rocked global markets, leaving in its wake a slew of relative winners (oil consumers) and losers (oil producers). The fall in the  

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  • Record petrol price hike on its way

    The price of petrol will, in April, increase by the highest nominal amount in history for the second consecutive month, the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) said today. The price of 95-octane petrol will likely rise by around R1,55 per litre on 1 April, while the price of 93-octane petrol will rise by about 5c less.  

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  • Sabotaging Employment: The Unemployment Insurance Fund

    In 2013 we published an article in the Labour Market Report outlining how the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) in South Africa encouraged unemployment rather than solving the problem. This article supplements the earlier one, giving the latest figures to illustrate this problem.   History of the UIF The UIF is a product of the Great  

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  • Eskom’s race targets: white employees will be reduced; the only question is ‘how’

    Trade union Solidarity today said that it stands by its revelations on Sunday that Eskom hopes to decrease its white employees by up to 3 400, despite having shed more than 10 000 white staff since 1994. This follows after Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe has denied the existence of plans to shed enough white employees  

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  • The myth of graduate unemployment

    The South African labour market is plagued by high unemployment. More than a third of all people who want to work, cannot find work. Only 43% of all people aged 15 to 64 are working. The equivalent rate for the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is about 65%. For  

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  • What you should know about SA’s economy this quarter

    Graph of the quarter As we head towards the first monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting[1] of 2015, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is faced with the dilemma of a fragile rand, weak economic growth and falling inflation due to soft global commodity prices. In fact, the real interest rate has actually turned positive for  

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  • Solidarity ETM Labour Market Index

    Q4 2014 sees some stabilisation in labour conditions The Solidarity-ETM South Africa Labour Market Index (LMI) increased to 44,5 in Q4 2014 from 42,1 in Q3 2014. Q3’s reading was upwardly revised from a preliminary reading of 41,7. Note that this measure of job and wage security in the South African labour market sets 50,0  

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  • Labour Market Report: January to March 2015

    Job and wage security weakened less during the fourth quarter of 2014 than it did during the previous quarter but it is nevertheless still declining. This is the finding of trade union Solidarity and ETM Analytics based on their latest quarterly index on job and wage security in South Africa, which was released today. Solidarity  

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  • Weakening of property rights harmful to all, not just whites and foreigners

    The ANC shouldn’t be under the impression that they would really improve the economic position of their supporters by reducing the property rights of others. This is the position of the Solidarity Movement after the ANC National Executive Committee’s latest decisions on land ownership have become public. According to Solidarity Research Institute head, Piet le  

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  • Weakening of property rights harmful to all, not just whites and foreigners

    The ANC shouldn’t be under the impression that they would really improve the economic position of their supporters by reducing the property rights of others. This is the position of the Solidarity Movement after the ANC National Executive Committee’s latest decisions on land ownership have become public. According to Solidarity Research Institute head, Piet le  

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  • Matric Report 2014

    The current South African labour market shows that skills are rewarded and that further training significantly improves school leavers’ chances of getting a job. This is according to trade union Solidarity which released its latest report on job prospects for matriculants shortly before the announcement of the 2014 matric results. Solidarity said there is hope  

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  • Archives 2014


  • Liveability Monitor for the Western Cape 2014

    Western Cape residents enjoy a better quality of life than their counterparts in the rest of the country. Moreover, municipal service delivery in this province is much better than in the rest of the country. This, and other findings are contained in trade union Solidarity’s Western Cape Liveability Monitor issued today. Solidarity measured the liveability  

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  • The Electricity Crisis in South Africa

    Trade union Solidarity and the Solidarity Research Institute today released a document on the Eskom electricity crisis, titled ‘The electricity crisis in South Africa – Solidarity’s plan of action.’ Solidarity said South Africa’s electricity crisis is bigger than initially anticipated and will last for a long time. The trade union said that although the crisis  

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  • Labour Market Report: October to December 2014

    Employees in the South African labour market have little to no prospect for higher than usual salary increases and can expect retrenchments in some sectors. These findings emerge from the Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI) which remains in deteriorating territory, despite a small pick-up in the third quarter this year. The LMI displays an improvement  

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  • New SARB-governor must protect purchasing power, scrap exchange controls

    Trade union Solidarity today called on Mr Lesetja Kganyago, newly appointed governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), to steer the bank back to its mandate of maintaining price stability. The union also requested the new governor to finally scrap the obsolete system of exchange control which dates from the apartheid years. Kganyago takes  

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  • Bank Charges Report 2014

    The Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) today released its fifth bank charges report comparing the bank charges of the five large commercial banks. This year’s report indicates, among other things, that competition in the market for basic bank accounts has become far more dynamic. In contrast, the bank charges on accounts marketed to the middle class  

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  • Equity Commission reinforces AA misconceptions

    The slogan on the cover of the 14th annual report of the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) reads: “turning over a new leaf against all odds”. Unfortunately, the Commission merely seems to be harping on the same string, as the report is as confusing as in previous years and is even misleading. Solidarity has critiqued  

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  • Liveability Monitor for North West 2014

    Measured by the general standards for satisfactory delivery of basic services and good governance, the majority of municipalities in North West fared abysmally. Only 3 out of 19 municipalities in North West obtained liveability scores of more than 5 out of 10. This counts among the findings of the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI’s) liveability monitor  

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  • Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) again spreading misinformation

    Trade union Solidarity appeals to human resource managers and the public not to be misled by the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE). Solidarity today criticised the commission for continuing a countrywide road show to present its latest erroneous report on racial transformation in workplaces. The trade union is of the opinion that the report, which  

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  • Labour Market Report: July to September 2014

    The employee confidence component in the Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI) declined sharply to 33,3 in the second quarter of this year after a first quarter figure of 45,2. This information is included in the July-September issue of the South African Labour Market Report, published by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) in conjunction with market  

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  • Labour Market Report: April to June 2014

    The employee confidence component of the Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI) fell to 45,7 in the first quarter of 2014 from a level of 46,5 in the last quarter of 2013.  This information is contained in the March–June issue of the South African Labour Market Report, released by trade union Solidarity in collaboration with market  

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  • Analysis of the Commission for Employment Equity’s Annual Report

    The slogan on the cover of the 14th annual report of the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) reads: “turning over a new leaf against all odds”. Unfortunately, it is clear that the commission has not turned over a new leaf. As in previous years, the report is again confused and even misleading, trade union Solidarity today  

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  • Election Report 2014

    More than 80% of the trade union Solidarity’s members indicated that they will vote in the election on 7 May. According to a survey conducted by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), approximately 17% of the union’s members have decided that they will definitely not vote. Less than 3% of the union’s members indicated that they  

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  • Liveability Monitor 2014 for Mpumalanga

    Measured by standards for financial management, water quality, road networks and other indicators for effective municipal governance, liveability in Mpumalanga’s municipalities generally seems extremely poor. The only exception is the Steve Tshwete Municipality, having received the highest liveability rating ever. These are some of the findings in Solidarity Research Institute (SRI)’s Liveability Index for Mpumalanga  

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  • Commission for Employment Equity gives poor advice to Minister Oliphant

    Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices this week submitted the trade union’s comments on Minister Mildred Oliphant’s controversial draft employment equity codes to the Department of Labour. Dirk Groenewald, head of the Centre for Fair Labour Practices, says Solidarity is convinced that the poor advice received from the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE), on whose  

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  • Piet le Roux: We are running out of patience with tax

    Taxpayers have been sceptical about tax in South Africa for a long time. Thus far the main reason for this has been the realisation that a lot of the money is wasted and is not used in the public interest. Nowadays, however, more and more people are wondering to what extent our tax money is  

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  • Race-based relocations inevitable under new EE codes

    A year ago Solidarity, in the midst of its affirmative action court case against the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), warned that government’s approach to affirmative action had degenerated into a destructive social engineering programme. Now, in the run-up to Solidarity’s landmark Constitutional Court case on behalf of Lt-Col Renate Barnard against the South African  

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  • Extent of racial transformation in national government departments unveiled

    In a report on the racial transformation of 38 national departments issued today, Solidarity indicates that the civil service has been broadly transformed in terms of race. This comes in the wake of Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s reply to a parliamentary question last year, in which she said that the public service  

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  • We are running out of patience with tax

    Taxpayers have been sceptical about tax in South Africa for a long time. Thus far the main reason for this has been the realisation that a lot of the money is wasted and is not used in the public interest. Nowadays, however, more and more people are wondering to what extent our tax money is  

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  • 2014-Budget: Tax relief once again an illusion

    As Solidarity warned last week, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s announcement of tax relief was once again misleading. Gordhan’s announcement of personal income tax relief amounting to R9,25 billion in his budget speech once again did not constitute real relief. As the case was last year, taxpayers will have to cede a larger portion of their  

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  • Tax often wasted, used against payers

    Taxpayers’ money is not only unnecessarily spent and often wasted on a large scale, but it is also increasingly used against them, the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) said today. The SRI pointed this out in the run-up to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech tomorrow. The 2014 Budget will be scoured for evidence of an  

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  • State of the Nation Address: Expensive promises

    In anticipation of Pres. Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, the Solidarity trade union today said that it would like to hear fewer assurances of greater government spending in the speech. In particular, the union will keep an eye on the implications it holds for tax-payers, cultural minorities and job security. According to Piet  

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  • Labour Market Report: January – March 2014

    Continued job and wage insecurity The Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI), released today for the first time, indicated continuing job and wage insecurity since the 2009 recession. The index increased from 42,8 to 46,1 in the fourth quarter of 2013, where 50 is the threshold level between rising and falling job and wage security. The  

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  • Matric Report 2013

    Almost one in three young South Africans are not employed and are not busy with training. Today, shortly before the release of the matric results of 2013, the trade union Solidarity advises young people to get further training or to find employment. According to a report by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) on job prospects  

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    The Solidarity Research Institute

    Corner of Eendracht Street and DF Malan Drive

    Kloofsig

    Lyttleton

    Postal address

    The Solidarity Research Institute

    P O Box 11760

    Centurion

    0046

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