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 Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 31 March 2016.


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Western Cape cops keep blasting away at taxis carrying workers

TimesLive writes that Western Cape police officers are in hot water again for allegedly shooting at another group of workers travelling in a taxi.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Slain Limpopo traffic cop to be laid to rest Saturday, at The Citizen
  • Fighting workplace germs a never-ending battle, at BDLive
  • Community members kill Ekurhuleni sewer worker, at The New Age


MINING LABOUR

Solidarity mum on ‘sensitive’ info about Lily Mine accident

Caxton News Service reports that Solidarity has vowed to give its assistance in investigating the cause of the collapse at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.

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Three week-strike by Amcu halts production at Wonderfontein coal mine

SABC News reports that production at Wonderfontein Coal Mine in Mpumalanga has been halted for nearly three weeks.

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CALS study shows mines’ social and labour plans don’t meet communities’ needs

Pretoria News reports that mining communities across the country say the social and labour plans (SLPs) of mining companies do not cater for their actual needs.

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Other labour posting(s) in this news category

  • Solidarity mum on sensitive information about Lily Mine incident, at SABC News
  • Husband of trapped Lily Mine worker says black lives don't matter, at News24


INDUSTRIAL ACTION / STRIKES / LOCK-OUTS

Pikitup negotiations with striking Samwu workers break down again

ANA reports that negotiations to end the four-week strike between Johannesburg waste-management company Pikitup, the City of Johannesburg and workers affiliated to SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) broke down again late Thursday.

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UNION STRUCTURES / UNION ORGANISATIONAL REPORTS

Samwu Eastern Cape axes provincial secretary

ANA reports that Luthando Juju, Deputy Secretary of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in the Eastern Cape, on Thursday said that the Provincial Executive Committee had fired provincial secretary Milton Myolwa.

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LABOUR AND POLITICS

Cosatu hails ConCourt’s Nkandla judgment as a strengthening of democracy

Business Report writes that Cosatu has described Thursday’s Constitutional Court ruling on the Nkandla upgrades as “exceptionally significant” for strengthening SA’s growing democracy.

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Fedusa and CFCR happy with ConCourt Nkandla ruling

News24 reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has welcomed Thursday’s Nkandla judgment, with Fedusa president Koos Bezuidenhout saying the ruling was “a much–needed victory” for the restoration of confidence by the people of SA.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Zuma thinks he is a chief and we are his subjects: Vavi, at News24
  • All of them must go, says Vavi, at eNCA
  • Terry Bell’s Inside Labour: Why unions must resist capture and fight for reform, at Fin24


OUTSOURCING / TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT / CONSULTANTS

OutsourcingMustFall campaign determined to end poverty wages despite activist’s kidnapping

The New Age reports that the OutsourcingMustFall (OMF) movement said it would not be intimidated into halting its campaign, despite the suspected kidnapping of activist Vusi Mahlangu.

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REMUNERATION / SALARY INCREASES / EXECUTIVE PAY

Take-home pay defies odds, beating inflation year-on-year in February

Moneyweb reports that, despite a consumer price inflation rate of 7%, the BankservAfrica Disposable Salary Index (BDSI) shows that take-home pay increased in February by 9.1%, revealing a 2.1% real increase year-on-year.

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Shareholder pressure forces Nedbank to review executive pay policy

BDLive reports that banking group Nedbank has succumbed to shareholder pressure, forcing it to review its executive pay policy and to claw back awarded bonuses.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • How much money the average person in South Africa gets paid, at BusinessTech
  • SA se 7 konings kry 9% meer, at Netwerk24


RETRENCHMENTS / COMPANY CLOSURES

Closure of Highveld Steel leaves trail of hardship for workers

Business Report writes that just a month after Evraz Highveld Steel in eMalahleni was shut down, retrenched workers and the town’s municipality have already started counting their losses.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Highveld Steel: ‘Nou is ek ordentlik in my maai’, at Netwerk24
  • Gelddruk kan tot werksverlies by NWU lei, at Netwerk24


RETIREMENT AND OTHER EMPLOYEE BENEFIT FUNDS

UIF Amendment Bill referred to National Assembly

After having received support from members of Parliament’s Labour Portfolio Committee on 17 and 24 February 2016 and on 9 March 2016, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Bill has been referred to the National Assembly.

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UIF to clamp down on employers who don’t declare their employees to the fund

The Star reports that with Parliament set to approve the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Amendment Bill, the fund wants to clamp down on employers who fail to declare their employees to it and the SA Revenue Service (SARS).

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EMPLOYEE GRIEVANCES / DISMISSALS / UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICES

Church employee fired for seeing a sangoma still waiting for payment of CCMA award

SowetanLive reports that self-styled prophet Samuel Radebe of the Revelation Church of God has failed to honour an order to pay his former bodyguard some R100,000 for unfair dismissal for having sought a sangoma's help.

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WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON THURSDAY, 31 MARCH 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Thursday, 31 March 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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