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 roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 21 September 2018.

southafricalogoEWN reports that the national Department of Health says there is no reason to believe the Civitas Building in Pretoria is unsafe for workers.  

newsNews24 reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Cape Town residents are expected to experience transport troubles on Tuesday morning.  

cosatuCity Press reports that Zingiswa Losi, newly elected president of Cosatu, advises never to take things personally in any organisation, because when they have been addressed and dealt with, “you still have to lead those who were raising the issues.”  

witsuniversitySaturday Star reports that a well-known academic, media commentator and head of a government watchdog has resigned in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him.  

prasaEWN reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has said that operations in the province would not resume until it was safe to do so.  

cosatuCity Press reports that the 1.6 million-strong Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is in serious financial trouble.  

parliamentCity Press reports that former and current employees of Parliament have called on the House to be held accountable for a tragic “protest” suicide, instead of shifting the blame on to the police.  

concourtBusinessLive reports that whistle-blower turned activist Rosemary Hunter has lost her legal battle to force the pension funds’ watchdog to do more work investigating the closure of dormant pension funds.  

anglogoldashantiReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) signed a three-year wage deal with AngloGold Ashanti on Friday, inking the same agreement that other unions reached with the gold producer earlier in the week.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that the Western Cape High Court has given the owners of a Sea Point security company until 2 October to defend themselves against allegations that the company failed to pay contributions to its workers' provident fund for several years.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that train commuters who went on the rampage in Umlazi, south of Durban, after trains arrived late on Friday morning were angry because they had not been provided with alternative transport.  

sabcNews24 reports that the next step for axed SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng in his battle to get back his job could be the Labour Court.  

psaNews24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has taken its fight with two national departments over the occupation of the Civitas Building in Pretoria to the Labour Court in Johannesburg.  

er24News24 reports that three medics were knocked down by a car while they were assisting at the scene of an earlier accident on the R546 in Mpumalanga on Saturday night.  

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has proposed consolidation of all medical schemes for public servants into the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) in line with government policy on National Health Insurance.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng has lost his bid to regain his job at the public broadcaster.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 20 September 2018.

cosatuBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu has achieved a 50-50 representation of men and women in its incoming leadership, which was nominated unopposed at its 13th national congress in Midrand this week.  

handcuffsANA reports that seven people have been arrested for possessing gold-bearing material such as gas bottles, scales, gold and platinum testers, cutting torches, plastic basins, gold burning pots, and “scandunga” in the mining town of Welkom in the Free State.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that Cabinet has adopted the stimulus package intended to ignite an economic recovery.  

labourcourtsFin24 reports that the Johannesburg Labour Court ruled on Thursday that Infinity Media Networks, which ran the Afro Worldview news channel (previously known as ANN7), must reinstate employees because they were not properly dismissed.  

easterncape thumb100 Daily Dispatch reports that striking Eastern Cape taxi bosses‚ who caused a fear-driven mass stay-away and economic stoppages across the province on Wednesday‚ were given a dressing down by provincial ANC chair Oscar Mabuyane.  

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that wage negotiations between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Sibanye-Stillwater reached a deadlock once again on Thursday.  

ancBusinessLive reports that if the African National Congress (ANC) drops the ball on the call for a reconfigured alliance, trade union federation Cosatu will exit the partnership.  

concourtThe Star writes that workplace substance abuse policies are set for a major shakeup following the Constitutional Court’s (ConCourt’s) landmark ruling decriminalising use of dagga in private spaces.  

newsSowetanLive reports that former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana is not yet out of the woods as police have now confirmed that they are still investigating the case of assault opened by his domestic worker.  

angiemotshekgaThe Star reports that following the killing of a teacher by a learner in North West, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said this week that she would be calling a symposium to discuss violence in schools.  

ancBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu has thrown its weight behind the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of the 2019 general elections, with its congress resolving to vote and campaign for the party.  

GEPFBusinessLive reports that investment analysts said on Tuesday that the Government Employees Pension Fund’s (GEPF’s) plan to move some of its investments offshore was warranted.