Today's Labour News

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news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 23 April 2019.

newsFin24 reports that amended policyholder protection rules for the group insurance industry came into effect in October last year, in the interests of keeping policyholders better informed.  

RailwaySafetyRegulatorBL Premium reports that statistics compiled by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) show that the state of passenger rail infrastructure has deteriorated drastically over the past 12 months.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that some employers are not waiting for the elusive National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme to improve the health of their workers, absenteeism levels and productivity.  

nupsawSunday Independent reports that about 500 community healthcare workers who are contractual employees of the Gauteng Department of Health (DoH) blocked Johannesburg city streets, demanding that the health MEC should address them and accept a memorandum of their demands.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that a suspect has been arrested in connection with the fire that damaged 12 train carriages at Cape Town station on Sunday.  

southafricalogoSowetanLive reports that the SA Correctional Services Workers Union (Sacoswu) has called on government to do more in order to stop attacks on prison warders across the country.  

healthcareSowetan reports that the first open heart surgery to be performed in Limpopo in 23 years signifies that a drive by the provincial health department to hire more specialists is paying off.  

bladenzimandeNews24 reports that transport minister Blade Nzimande has blamed the recent burning of two Metrorail trains at Cape Town Station on a relentless force determined to reverse gains that the ANC government has made.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Pretoria News reports that the two SA National Defence Force (SANDF) pilots injured on Thursday in a helicopter crash near the R101, close to the Zwartkop Golf Estate, are making a speedy recovery. 

Sibanye StillwaterThe Sunday Independent writes that Sibanye-Stillwater’s SA gold operations, battered by a five-month strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members, might have to lay off nearly 7,000 workers in a restructuring.  

coalMail & Guardian writes that about 60,000 jobs could be lost in the coal sector if SA takes its goal of cutting down on carbon emissions seriously.  

ComairANA reports that airline Comair indicated over the weekend that its operations were set to continue after talks with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) again deadlocked on Saturday.  

chrisgriffithMiningmx writes that Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, might be hoping that a peace pact that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) signed ahead of the return to work of its members at the firm’s gold mines – where a five-month strike was recently ended – will be carried over (at least in spirit) when his company sits down to wage talks in the platinum group metal (PGM) sector from next month.  

Mathunjwa2City Press reports that despite settling on similar terms to rival unions at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) Joseph Mathunjwa has insisted that their protracted wage strike was more about combating legacy than counting costs.  

pfaSowetan reports that the Free State’s Kopanong local municipality has failed to pay an estimated R58m in pension fund contributions collected from municipal workers over the past six years to the workers’ pension fund.  

medicaldoctorSunday Tribune reports that ten months after he was fired from his job, Ngwelezana Hospital’s head of surgery returned to work last week, but there was no place for him.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLIVE reports that two train sets that were burnt to ashes at Cape Town station on Sunday were worth an estimated R33m.  

newsSowetanLive reports that more than 70 employees were retrenched in January at Ndalo Media when owner Khanyi Dhlomo decided to shut down the publisher that housed magazines such as Destiny, Destiny Man and Elle.  

sapsNews24 reports that a Durban police constable was shot dead on Sunday afternoon while approaching a parked vehicle with its hazard lights on.  

ramaphosaBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday promised to come down hard on government officials who were failing to provide services to communities.  

MantasheMining Weekly reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant have welcomed the end of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) five-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that Comair, which operates British Airways (BA) in SA and low-cost carrier Kulula, announced on Thursday that it had won a temporary interdict against a planned strike by some of its ground crew.  

ComairTimesLIVE reports that Comair said on Wednesday it would be heading to the Labour Court to try to stop certain of its employees from downing tools ahead of the Easter rush.  

sassaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) said on Wednesday it was concerned that employees at the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) could be scapegoats for unscrupulous activities.  

sapuPretoria News reports that the SA Policing Union (Sapu) and the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) have vowed to keep coming to the doorstep of the Sunnyside police until the ‘politically motivated’ persecution of Sapu president Mpho Kwinika has ended.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday confirmed a protected strike by workers at the cement producing company PPC at Hercules in Pretoria over wage increases.  

eskomTimesLIVE reports that a group of protesters from Mpumalanga forced Eskom to close the main entrance to its headquarters in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, on Wednesday.  

ComairFin24 reports that Comair’s Wrenelle Stander said on Wednesday that the airline would have contingency plans in place to prevent a strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA from grounding passengers this coming Easter weekend.  

protestGroundUp reports that about 80 people occupied the ground floor of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) Cape Town office on Wednesday demanding that Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande fix the commuter rail system.