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.

fedusa thumb medium80 85Fin24 reports that according to the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), SA Express might not be able to pay its staff on 25 June.  

Sibanye StillwaterThe Citizen reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater, which this year alone has suffered safety incidents that left 12 mine workers dead, has undertaken to provide support to bereaved families.  

earningsIn a letter to the editor, MP Michael Bagraim, who is the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) labour spokesman, notes that the labour minister has drafted regulations relating to applications for exemption from paying the new national minimum wage (NMW).  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that the Essential Services Committee (ESC) is investigating whether to declare teachers and education support staff essential services, following a request from the Democratic Alliance (DA).  

SalgaBusinessLive reports that the labour registrar has warned the SA Local Government Association (Salga) that its registration as an employer association could be revoked.  

numANA reports that that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday slammed reports that it had called for the postponement of wage negotiations with power utility Eskom because of a clash with its congress this week.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 18 June 2018.

ramaphosa2News24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on both private and public sector companies to employ young graduates despite their lack of work experience.  

coalSowetan reports that troubled former Gupta-owned coal mine Optimum Colliery in Hendrina, Mpumalanga, is still on its knees four months after being put under business rescue.  

gautengEWN reports that the Health Department in Gauteng says it is working together with the police and unions to ensure those responsible for the trashing of the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital during violent protests are brought to book.  

eskomReuters reports that a source at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says that the union would be open to an inflation-linked pay rise for its members at Eskom instead of its initial demand for a 15% increase.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that former North West deputy police commissioner Maj-Gen William Mpembe and eight other policemen were due to appear in the North West High Court in Mogwase on Monday.  

sapsSunday Tribune reports that several disgruntled staff members at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) have challenged the appointment of the watchdog’s deputy director, claiming she is unqualified for the post.  

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that former crime intelligence boss Major-General Pat Mokhushane and three senior police officers have appeared in court on charges of corruption‚ fraud‚ money laundering and contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.  

earningsMoneyweb writes that in the midst of last week’s turmoil over Eskom 0% wage increase stance, economist Mike Schüssler angered unions representing Eskom workers when he tweeted that the average pay per employee at Eskom was R798,000 per year.  

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that three tik addicts who killed a police officer and stole his gun during an orgy of crime have been convicted.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessTech reports that the Department of Labour has called for public comment after announcing that it plans to revise the list of essential services under the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  

eskomANA reports that Eskom said late on Sunday its power system remained constrained and would take up to ten days to recover from the effects of last week’s wage strike.  

uctBusinessLive reports that the Council for Higher Education has decided not to withdraw the University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) LLB accreditation.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that 17 mineworkers facing multiple charges relating to a violent strike at Lonmin’s platinum operations at Marikana some six years ago were due to appear in the North West High Court in Mogwase on Monday.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 15 June 2018.

eskomThe Citizen reports that according to an electricity expert, blaming striking workers was a convenient excuse power utility Eskom was using to mask the power utility’s incompetence and inability to ensure a reliable supply.  

samwu thumb medium80 78The Citizen reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) on Friday tabled a list of grievances to back up its plan of mobilising members to stage a protest against the Johannesburg city council.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday that it was the shared responsibility of government, business, labour and civil society to develop pathways for young people into work.  

numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Saturday that government and Eskom unions have agreed that wage negotiations be resumed with immediate effect and the zero percent increase proposed by the power utility was “off the table”.  

SaftuThe Citizen reports that according to the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), young people had little to celebrate on Youth Day on Saturday, considering they still have many of the same problems as the youth in 1976.  

absalogo thumb100 Bloomberg reports that Barclays Africa Group may halve the number of top jobs at its South African retail and business bank as it reorganises after its British parent cut its stake.  

SARSFin24 reports that Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan has laid out the state's case against suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane in a 69-page affidavit.  

Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that the acting chief inspector of mines is compiling a report on all accidents that have occurred at Sibanye-Stillwater mining operations since the beginning of this year.  

vavi1Mail & Guardian writes that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) faces its first test against corruption within its ranks as it prepares to deal with one of its most popular leaders accused of illegally using R600,000 of workers’ money in two years.