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.

Solidarity2EWN reports that with still no agreement to its wage demands, trade union Solidarity has vowed to continue its strike at Mango Airlines for a second day.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has called for a commission to be set up by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to determine the real causes of several mining accidents over the past few months.  

sapsANA reports that workers at the 10111 call centre, who man the police emergency number, on Monday vowed to intensify their strike if their salary demands were not met.  

MangoEWN reports that according to low-cost airline Mango, 25% of its flights were affected on Monday by a strike over a salary increase for pilots.  

Solidarity2eNCA reports that according to trade union Solidarity, its striking members will not reduce the 8.5% salary increase they are demanding from Mango Airlines and will continue striking until the demand is met.  

newsBusinessTech reports that the Top Employers Institute has released its updated list of certified top employers in SA, adding 15 new companies to the list of employers who provide the best environment for their employees.  

MangoTimesLive reports that several Mango flights were delayed on Monday following strike action by the airline’s pilots represented by trade union Solidarity.  

harmonyNews24Wire reports that Harmony Gold has announced that an agreement has been reached with the Matjhabeng municipality and the Unemployment Forum to implement a special community development programme that will equip residents in certain Free State communities with mining skills.  

protestPretoria News reports that on Monday morning employees of the 10111 emergency call centre were slowly starting to gather at the Pretoria Art Museum ahead of their march to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum of demands.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107ANA reports that the City of Ekurhuleni has had a strong year in terms of job creation, beating all South Africa’s metropolitan municipalities in that respect.  

satawu thumb medium90 101TimesLive reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has called off the strike at SA Airlink which was due to take place on Monda.y  

harmonyMiningmx reports that Harmony Gold said it remained “very unclear” if the murder of Simphiwe Kubekha, a regional mine manager at its Tshepong and Phakisa operations near Welkom in the Free State, was related to illegal mining.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that according to union officials, employees of two local airlines will be downing tools on Monday.  Pilots at budget airline Mango are launching a strike after wage negotiations with the company failed.  

faithmuthambiANA reports that Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Minister Faith Muthambi has placed the department’s chief financial officer, Masilo Makhura, and deputy director general: administration, Linda Shange, on precautionary suspension with effect from 13 October.  

gautengEWN reports that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says a new professional security company has been appointed at a primary school in Soweto where at least 87 pupils have been sexually abused, allegedly by a school guard.  

anglogoldashantiNetwerk24 reported on Sunday that rescue teams were searching for a mineworkers who was trapped underground at the Mpoineng mine near Carletonville on the West Rand.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107ANA writes that commuters in Katlehong in Ekurhuleni on the East Rand can now breathe a sigh of relief with the opening of the newly constructed Phuthaditjaba taxi rank.  

GEMSNetwerk24 reports that the financial position of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) is much healthier than a year ago when there had been great concern over its money matters.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 13 October to Sunday, 15 October 2017.

sadtu90SowetanLive reports that on Friday thousands of SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members flooded the Durban central business district in a flow of red‚ protesting against the state of affairs in education in the province.  

ambulanceEWN reported on Sunday evening that two paramedic officials remained in critical condition in hospital following a fatal collision involving an ambulance and another vehicle in Centurion.  

pandorCity Press Business reports that a new research pilot plant for manufacturing materials used in batteries could ultimately lead to the creation of 1,600 jobs.  

numFin24 reports that over 150 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have resurfaced after staging an underground sit-in at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) that started on 10 October.  

phiyegaNews24 reports that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula indicated in a reply to a parliamentary question released on Friday that no retirement package had been approved for former national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.  

MangoSolidarity confirmed on Sunday that the trade union’s members, who represent 95% of the pilots at Mango airline, will go on strike as from 05:00 on Monday morning as wage negotiations collapsed.  

PSCBCCity Press Business writes that the 2017 Treasury budget made provision for a 7% hike in government wages next year to R588.7 billion, followed by a 7.2% hike in 2019 to R631.1 billion.  

transnetlogo thumb100 City Press reports that Regiments Capital is suing the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund to recover lost fees and to possibly get reinstated as fund manager, after its three-year contract was cut short.  

gautengeNCA reports that the Gauteng Education Department said it was revisiting the appointment of security personnel at schools in the province.  This came after 87 pupils were allegedly sexually assaulted at a primary school in Soweto.  

sapsBusinessLive reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) may have made millionaires of at least three of its officers who have businesses that supply goods and services to it.  This was according to data supplied by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula in a written reply to Parliament.  

Road Accident FundThe New Age reports that the Road Accident Fund (RAF) said on Thursday that the latest allegations by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) were evidence that the union would rather preoccupy itself with maligning the fund rather than co-operating to create “conducive conditions”.