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.

robdaviesFin24 reports that a coalition of artists, writers and publishers has written to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Minister Rob Davies to challenge the Copyright Amendment Bill, which was due to be adopted by the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday.  

numBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will meet with its members next week to consider whether a shutdown at power utility Eskom will take place during the week of the May general elections.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has accepted, in principle, a proposed settlement agreement advanced by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in an attempt to resolve the wage dispute between the union and Sibanye-Stillwater.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 19 March 2019.

Bheki CelePretoria News reports that Police Minister Bheki Cele on Monday appealed to doctors not to give fraudulent sick notes to disgruntled SA Police Service (SAPS) members.  

ramaphosa2Bloomberg writes that in 1987, Cyril Ramaphosa led SA’s biggest-ever mining strike, with some 300,000 miners — from a union Ramaphosa himself had founded — walking off the job to protest pay and working conditions.  

sapsNews24 reports that police in the Western Cape were on Monday able to render services without hindrance despite unprecedented levels of absenteeism, provincial management claimed.  

VadiSowetanLive wriites that while Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi makes up his mind on whether closed taxi routes should operate or not, commuters and businesses are feeling the pinch of not having public transport in Soweto.  

Bheki CeleThe Citizen reports that Minister of Police Bheki Cele has vowed to check why scores of police officers did not report for duty on Monday amid rumours that the police, who are essential services civil servants, were going on strike.  

JMPDANA reports that the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said on Tuesday it had deployed more officers to manage traffic in the central business district after rotational power cuts by state-owned Eskom left many lights out.  

VadiThe Star reports that last week Gauteng MEC for Transport Ismail Vadi indicated that a large backlog relating to the late production of driver licence cards due to labour action had been successfully cleared.  

psaANA reports that the Public Service Association (PSA) on Tuesday said it was "alarmed by the irresponsible support" for police officers to embark on an "illegal strike".  

irvinjimANA reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), workers in the automotive components sector are disgruntled over the failure of employers to offer “equal work for equal pay” and recognise them as key stakeholders.  

graduate thumb100 News24 reports that a new professional NGO qualification will give community workers the skill-set to make an impact on social problems at local level.  

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that in its ongoing war with Sibanye-Stillwater, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has lost another legal battle, this time an attempt to stop retrenchments at the gold mines where the union’s members are engaged in a protracted strike.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 18 March 2019.

sapsSaturday Star reports that more police officers die in motor vehicle accidents than are killed by criminals, and one of the reasons for this was a culture of cops refusing to wear safety belts when they were in cars.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that the families of the three mine workers who died when a support pillar at a mine in Mpumalanga collapsed in 2016, trapping them underground, have issued a plea to Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe to ensure that those responsible for the accident are prosecuted.  

sapuNews24 reports that according to the SA Police Service (SAPS), it was business as usual at police stations across the country on Monday.  

publicprotectorCape Argus reports that almost seven months after the Public Protector (PP) confirmed that she was investigating the causes behind the myriad failures of Metrorail in the Western Cape, there are still no findings.  

ramaphosaIndependent News reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to demand answers from senior officials of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) following his more than three-hour metro trip from Mabopane to Pretoria on Monday morning.  

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that the medical schemes regulator is backing the curator of Samwumed as he prepares to put the scheme back in the control of elected trustees by the end of August.  

arcelormittalBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has threatened to lead contractors at ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) in a sympathy strike should the company not accede to its demands to permanently place contractors.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Business Report writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will be challenging the decision by the Labour Court to quash its proposed secondary strike aimed at shutting down the mining industry.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the chairperson of the Central Energy Fund, government’s energy holding company, was suddenly dismissed on Friday after allegations emerged that he solicited a bribe from a global oil trader Vitol.  

ambulanceANA reports that a 29-year-old female paramedic, arrested after cocaine was found in an ambulance she was driving, was due to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that the new ministerial handbook has been 10 years coming, but it will finally be implemented following the May elections.  

groupfiveSunday Tribune reports that a jobs bloodbath is looming with two big corporations, one in the construction sector and the other in banking, poised to shed thousands of workers.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 15 March 2019.

newsIndependent News reports that Tiso Blackstar has come to an agreement with the Information Communication Technology Union (ICTU) to temporarily halt the strike that had been planned to commence last Thursday.