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.

SteinhoffEWN reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) have started with their investigation into Steinhoff.  

gunReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that its branch chairman at Lonmin’s Eastern Platinum Mine, who was shot by unknown assailants at his home in Bapong village near Brits on Thursday night, subsequently died in hospital.  

unisaEWN reports that the University of South Africa (Unisa) has decided to extend applications for the 2018 academic year to Tuesday, 23 January, while the closing date for registrations has been moved to 30 January.  

EmfuleniANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday it would oppose proposed salary hikes at Gauteng’s Emfuleni municipality, arguing that the money should instead be used to improve services.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92BusinessLive reports that no trains will run on Cape Town’s busiest commuter line for the rest of the week‚ and possibly over the weekend.  

unisaEWN reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) says the strike by its members at the University of South Africa (Unisa) will continue indefinitely if the institution refuses to meet their demands.  

numeNCA reports that according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the well-known branch chairperson of Eastern Platinum Mine at platinum producer Lonmin was shot at his home in Bapong village near Brits on Thursday night.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that Harmony Gold on Thursday stated that an employee at its Tshepong mine, near Welkom, in the Free State, had been killed in a mining equipment-related incident on Wednesday afternoon.  

strike thumb medium85 85Business Report writes that Durban University of Technology (DUT) employees went on strike this week demanding a 10% annual salary increase.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, writes that the outcome of the current public sector negotiations, where public service unions and the government are heading for confrontation, may determine the labour relations climate for 2018.  

fawuThe New Age reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) is deeply concerned about the protracted strike at Tongaat Hulett Starch Division, as it does not see any end in sight.  

newsThe New Age reports that the seven suspected illegal miners (zama zamas) whose bodies were found in Benoni on Sunday have all been identified as Lesotho nationals.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that embattled state-owned power utility Eskom, which has described its financial situation as "very dire", is in secret discussions to terminate the employment of controversial executive Matshela Koko.  

SteinhoffBusinessLive reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and its largest affiliate, the Public Servants Association (PSA), will be visiting the Stellenbosch offices of troubled global retailer Steinhoff on Friday.  

CompetitionCommissionFin24 reports that the merger between furniture companies Lewis and United Furniture Outlets (UFO) has been granted by the Competition Tribunal, on condition that there are no merger-related retrenchments for the next two years.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that the resumption of Metrorail services on Thursday morning was marred when a train came off the rails along the notorious Central Line in Cape Town.  

DisChemANA reports that retail firm Dis-Chem said on Thursday that approximately 760 employees had gone on strike at its Midrand distribution centre and head office but trading and operations at its 131 stores were not affected.  

PSCBCThe Star reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has slammed the government’s offer of a salary increase of up to 5.3% for the lowest-paid public servants, saying politicians gave themselves more than that as a pay hike.  

picBusinessLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has proposed that the chairperson of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) should be appointed by Cabinet on the recommendation of the National Assembly.  

gunEWN reports that a police officer has been shot and killed in Brakpan, on the East Rand, after he withdrew a large amount of money from an ATM machine.  

witsuniversityBusinessLive reports that University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) vice-chancellor Adam Habib on Wednesday urged labour unions to exercise restraint in their wage demands.  

nursing thumb medium90 93EWN reports that the Gauteng Department of Health has advised that first-year nursing candidates will begin their academic year in April and not in January as initially planned.  

unisaTimesLive reports that the SA Students Congress (Sasco) and the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) have joined forces to shut down the University of SA (Unisa).  

cosatuNews24 reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Tuesday that it hoped freezing the assets of Gupta-linked companies McKinsey and Trillian, combined with the Commission of Inquiry into state capture, would signify the "beginning of the end of the Gupta patronage network that has wreaked havoc on our economy".  

UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) has scored a significant victory with the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) agreeing to provide police escorts for its staff members on Cape Town’s Central Line.  

RailwaySafetyRegulatorTimesLive reports that four people have been injured in yet another train crash.  This time‚ two goods trains collided while inside a depot in Ermelo‚ Mpumalanga‚ on Tuesday morning.  

earningsCape Times reports that the union representing domestic workers has rejected the government’s increase in the minimum wage for domestic workers as contained in the recent amendment to the applicable sectoral determination.  

gavel thumb100 Pretoria News reports that the prosecutor in the case of a Bronkhorstspruit man accused of sexually assaulting his parent's domestic worker and then forcing her to perform sexual acts on his dogs argued on Tuesday that he was trying to be declared mentally challenged to avoid prosecution.  

DenelBusinessLive reports that cash-strapped, state-owned arms manufacturer Denel says that although it is still finalising a plan to tackle its liquidity challenges, it will pay salaries and suppliers in January.  

southafricalogoCape Times reports that three Pollsmoor warders and three prisoners are recovering in hospital following a fight at the correctional centre on Tuesday morning.  Both the warders and inmates sustained serious injuries.