SA HR news roundup: Huawei promises to hire 50 percent locals

CCMA rules in the case of an employee fired for complaining too much.

Huawei pledges to increase local hires to 50 percent of staff. Nurses union opposes non-renewal of contracts. Miners to seek salary hike on the back of higher metal prices. DA proposes changes to B-B-BBEE. CCMA rules in the case of an employee fired for complaining too much.

Huawei commits to increasing number of South African staff

Tech firm Huawei has reached an out-of-court settlement agreement with the Department of Labour, pledging to increase the number of local employees to more than 50 percent of its staff complement within three years.

Last month, the company was served with a legal notice over its failure to comply with local Employment Equity regulations.

An audit conducted by the labour department found that 90 percent of Huawei’s staff in South Africa are foreign nationals.

Nurses’ union protest end of temp contracts
Workers affiliated to the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union are opposing the Gauteng Health Department's decision not to renew contracts for healthcare workers who were temporarily employed to deal with Covid-19.

The department has admitted to having financial problems. Negotiations are under way with the national government.

Platinum workers eye bonus as wage talks approach
South Africa’s biggest platinum mining union plans to submit wage demands to companies as workers push for a share of the windfall profits brought by rallying metal prices.

Mines have announced record dividends after the price of palladium and rhodium – produced alongside platinum – rallied.

The mining companies warn that a wage settlement with about 163,000 workers must not threaten the long-term viability of a key export industry.

New law proposes scrapping B-BBEE
The Democratic Alliance has proposed that the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act be scrapped and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) be amended.

The party says it will table the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Amendment Act, or ‘Social Impact Bill’, as a private members’ bill for public comment, as it will better serve social and economic development for the most vulnerable.

Fired for ‘complaining too much’
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) recently dealt with the dismissal of an employee who continuously raised grievances at work. Jacques van Wyk, director at Werksmans Attorneys, highlighted the commission’s findings to IOL.

The employee claimed that his complaints arose from disagreement with his poor work performance rating by the employer.

The commissioner found that the employee had disrupted the harmony of the workplace, justifying the dismissal.