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.

mantasheThe Citizen reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has accused ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe of being arrogant.  The accusation come in the context of a strike by CWU members employed at Telkom.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that workers at Robertson Winery went on a protected strike on Wednesday, calling on the winery to pay them R8,500 a month (which amounts to a 57% average increase).  

fawuIOL News reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has resolved to leave Cosatu after six of seven provinces present at its national congress explained their members wanted nothing to do with the labour federation.  

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 23 August 2016.

southafricalogoBDLive reports that MPs were told on Wednesday that improvements had been made by the Compensation Fund in processing claims, but the troubled organisation was not yet out of the woods.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92SABC News reports that the Limpopo Education Department says it is addressing the matter regarding 23 teachers who have boycotted classes for three weeks at Ntjie Mothapo Primary School outside Polokwane.  

fawuIOL News reports that the majority of delegates attending the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) congress say the union is ready to part ways with the ANC-led alliance.  

earningsNews24 reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) CEO James Aguma on Tuesday said at Parliament that media reports that his predecessor CEO Frans Matlala got a severance package of R18m were false.  

newsNews24 reports that a Nquthu teacher accused of filming himself having sex with several pupils has maintained his innocence, strongly denying his alleged misdeeds.  

southafricalogoBDLive reports that the Treasury has dismissed claims by the beverage industry that thousands of jobs will be lost and hundreds of small businesses will shut if a proposed sugar tax is implemented.  

fawuThe Star reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has blamed its deteriorating finances on ongoing factional battles within the union.  Fawu has accumulated debt of more than R12 million, including nearly R5 million owed to labour federation Cosatu for affiliation fees.  

telkom thumb100 ITWeb reports that according to telecoms company Telkom, talks with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on Monday failed to reach a resolution to a strike that has now entered its fourth week.  

mosebenzizwaneBusiness Report writes that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has come out guns blazing against the mining industry, accusing it of tarnishing the government’s integrity amid complaints that the safety stoppages process was hurting production.  

avengBusiness Report writes that listed construction and engineering group Aveng reduced its permanent staff complement by about 2,000 people in the year to June.  

statssaBDLive reports that consumer inflation slowed in July, with the consumer price index (CPI) rising 6% year on year, from 6.3% in May.  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that a memorial service will be held in Bloemfontein on Wednesday for the 10 soldiers killed in a bus crash on the R712 near Golden Gate in the Free State on Friday.  

nehawu80IOL News reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is threatening to strike against the Limpopo government over a number of long-standing issues.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 22 August 2016.

BevSABDLive reports that the Beverage Association of SA (Bevsa) said on Tuesday that a proposed levy on sugar-sweetened beverages could cost SA R14bn and destroy 10,000 small businesses.  

mtnEWN reports that mobile operator MTN was expected on Tuesday to meet with the Communications Workers Union (CWU) to determine whether its workers would go on strike.  

cwu thumb medium90 95EWN reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says if Telkom persists with its no-work-no-pay policy, the union will intensify its current strike.  

labourcourtsGroundUp reports that Robertson Abattoir workers have successfully appealed a Labour Court (LC) judgment in their case of unfair dismissal.  

solidariteitBusinessTech reports that 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.  

joburgcityEWN reports that with Johannesburg experiencing a change in government, the new mayor Herman Mashaba has assured all competent council workers in the city that their jobs are safe.  

fawuANA reports that expelled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told delegates at the Food and Allied Workers Union’s (Fawu’s) national congress on Monday they cannot go back to the labour federation.  

GrantThorntonFin24 reports that according to a Grant Thornton report on women in business, about 39% of local businesses do not have any women at all in leadership positions.  

newsThe Mercury reports that the teacher accused of sexually abusing as many as six under-age girls at Ekucabangeni High School in Nquthu is on the run.  

VodacomThe New Age reports that cellphone network provider Vodacom has cautioned people against falling prey to scammers using the company's name to lure desperate job seekers.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Cape Talk reports that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) says, although it’s saddened by the political changes in hotly contests metros, it will accept any municipal administration that has been democratically elected.  

telkom thumb100 Fin24 reports that telecoms company Telkom and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are locked in a bitter battle over continuing strike action.