Today's Labour News

newsThis news aggregator site highlights South African labour news from a wide range of internet and print sources. Each posting has a synopsis of the source article, together with a link or reference to the original. Postings cover the range of labour related matters from industrial relations to generalist human resources.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 14 November 2019.

easterncape thumb100 DespatchLIVE reports that the Eastern Cape department of health is poised to arm security guards working in hospitals with pepper spray and stun guns in a bid to curb attacks on patients and staff.  

ComairTimesLIVE reports that Comair has put contingency plans in place to mitigate any impact the SA Airways (SAA) strike on Friday may have on its flight schedules.  

gautengPretoria News reports that if Gauteng MEC Jacob Mamabolo has his way, all public transport drivers could soon be forced to have advanced driving licences as a means of curbing fatalities on the roads.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that in yet another twist to the drama unfolding at South African Airways (SAA), the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) said on Thursday that it would interdict the carrier’s plan to retrench more than 900 employees.  

World Diabetes DayBusinessLive writes that November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated globally on 14 November to raise awareness about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that a 52-year-old police officer was shot dead outside his home in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, early on Thursday.  

numsaTimesLIVE reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) indicated on Wednesday that it would embark on an indefinite strike on Friday and ground SA Airways (SAA) until workers' grievances were addressed.  

equalopportunityBusinessLive writes that for numerous reasons such retirements and a general lack of interest, the commercial driving sector in SA is short of about 15,000 drivers.  

strike thumb medium85 85Business Day comments that as the platinum wage negotiations look likely to soon conclude without any strike action, a new legal requirement for unions to conduct a secret vote before striking will remain untested for now.  

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) aims to shut down the Johannesburg central business district when it holds a march on Wednesday next week.  

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that in anticipation of a strike by trade unions, South African Airways (SAA) has decided to cancel nearly all domestic and international flights for Friday and Saturday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 13 November 2019.

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said late on Tuesday that the signing of a wage agreement with platinum producers scheduled for Wednesday had been postponed.  

postoffice thumb100 BusinessLive reports that executives at the SA Post Office (Sapo) told MPs on Tuesday that a process was under way at the parastatal aimed at reducing staff numbers and increasing productivity.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that South African Airways (SAA) acting chairperson Thandeka Mgoduso has confirmed that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) issued the national carrier with a strike notice on Wednesday morning.  

saicaBusinessLive reports that former Eskom and Transnet CFO Anoj Singh was a no-show at his SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) disciplinary hearing that began on Wednesday morning.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that the biggest trade union in the platinum mining sector, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), indicated in a statement on Tuesday that it had sealed wage agreements with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum and Sibanye-Stillwater.  

saa thumb medium95 76The Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have condemned SA Airways (SAA) for informing workers of its intention to restructure and retrench 944 workers through a media statement.  

eskomBloomberg writes that appointing a permanent Eskom chief executive officer to turn the power utility around is widely seen as a top priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration.  

newsReuters reports that the first South African project to bring illegal miners into the formal fold has been plagued by violence dealing a major blow to national efforts to stem a booming illicit trade.  

tshwane thumb100 News24Wire reports that City of Tshwane officials hope Tshwane Bus Services (TBS) will be back in operation by Tuesday afternoon – pending the outcome of negotiations between the employer and labour.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that state-owned SA Airways (SAA) announced on Monday that it would cut 944 jobs or about 20% of its workforce to bring costs under control.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 11 November 2019.

southafricalogoThe Star reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has revealed that the revised ministerial handbook will slash some of the perks and benefits enjoyed by members of the Cabinet, premiers and MECs.  

sapsThe Star reports that charges of fraud, for alleged abuses of State resources for personal gain, against a senior police officer, have highlighted Police Minister Bheki Cele’s recent criticism of supposed corruption within the SA Police Service (SAPS).  

arcelormittalReuters reports that ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) said on Monday it would be closing its steel operations at its Saldanha Works because it could no longer compete in export markets.  

Bheki CeleIndependent News reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has urged South Africans to help law enforcement agencies arrest and prosecute criminals who were responsible for the heinous killings of police officers.  

protestSunday Tribune reports that staff at Nkonjeni Hospital in Mahlabathini, Kwazulu-Natal, gathered at the front gate on Friday to voice their concerns over safety and security, maintenance, and management’s silence after the rape of a nurse there last week.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that to clear a backlog of more than 300 outstanding disciplinary cases involving fraud and corruption, the eThekwini Municipality has set up a project plan in the hopes of speeding up the processes.