Today's Labour News

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news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 1 April 2016.


TOP STORY – PIKITUP STRIKE

Samwu members accuse Pikitup of using delaying tactics

EWN reports that Pikitup workers have accused management of the waste management agency of using delaying tactics and say the City of Johannesburg is not willing to resolve their industrial action.

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Samwu distances itself from petrol bombing of Joburg MMC’s house

EWN reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has distanced itself from violent action which resulted in the Soweto house of Joburg’s mayoral committee member (MMC) for environment and infrastructure services, being petrol bombed.

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Financial catastrophe awaits Joburg if Pikitup wages rise, says mayor

Sunday Times reports that Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau has warned that the city will be crippled financially if it agrees to raise the salaries of striking Pikitup workers.

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Joburg City worried about health impact of Pikitup strike after Plague scare

ANA reports that the City of Johannesburg on Friday said it was worried about the health and environmental impact of the ongoing strike at waste management entity Pikitup after a rodent tested positive for dormant Plague.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Pikitup strike continues to leave a 'foul-stench' in the air, at SABC News
  • Pikitup reintroduces day garbage collection shifts in some areas, at IOL News
  • In midst of strike, Pikitup spends over R20m in March for temp workers, at The Citizen
  • Pikitup stakers kry lone, inwoners kry nie geld terug, at Netwerk24


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Pilot dies in crop-spraying aircraft crash in KZN

Caxton News Service reports that a microlight aircraft pilot, who was spraying crops in the Glendale area of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), died when the plane hit a power line and crashed to the ground early on Friday.

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Transport Minister Peters condemns killing of bus driver in KZN

News24 reports that Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Saturday condemned the killing by a commuter of a bus driver in KwaZulu-Natal.

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MINING LABOUR

Amcu to serve notice of strike starting Wednesday at Sibanye’s gold operations

BDLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will serve a notice to strike at Sibanye Gold headquarters on Monday.

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Zululand Anthracite Colliery remains shut amid fears for safety of staff

SABC News reported on Friday that an arson incident and violence at Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) at Ulundi in northern KwaZulu-Natal has resulted in the suspension of operations and a loss of millions of rands for the company.

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Trapped Lily miners: now 57 days

Sunday Independent writes that Sunday marked the 57th day since three mineworkers were trapped beneath the ground when a container used as a lamp room was buried after a rock fall at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.

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Panama papers show how mineworkers’ money held by Fidentia was stashed offshore

TGM Digital reports that the so-called ‘Panama papers’ have uncovered how a law firm abroad was used to protect people involved in the Fidential fraud, which was one of SA’s biggest white collar scandals.

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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland highest earner despite plummet

Bloomberg reports that Nick Holland was the top-paid CEO of SA’s four biggest gold producers even as Gold Fields fell last year and had a lower market value than AngloGold Ashanti.

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Other labour posting(s) in this news category

  • Eskom, health dept, Lephalale and Exxaro to refurbish Marapong health centre, at eNCA
  • Nhleko visits crime affected mining town of Odendaalsrus, at SABC News
  • Fears of closure add to Lily Mine workers’ woes, at Business Report

Other general mining internet posting(s)

  • Calls for 'comprehensive‚ independent' probe into mining opponent’s killing, at TimesLive
  • Journalists attacked by mob during slain mining activist's funeral, at News24
  • Suspend Wild Coast mining, say leading health academics, at GroundUp
  • Holy ground in Limpopo safe from steel miners for now, at TimesLive


INDUSTRIAL ACTION / STRIKES / LOCK-OUTS

Bricklayers building Tshwane House down tools over March payment of R411

Sowetan reports that being paid just R411,48 as their March salaries marked the final straw for bricklayers building the City of Tshwane’s new R2-billion headquarters.

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PROTESTS AND MARCHES

Cosatu to protest on Monday at three Mpumalanga toll gates against fee increases

Netwerk24 reports that labour federation Cosatu will be staging pickets and demonstrations at three toll gates in Mpumalanga against toll fees that were increased on 1 March.

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LABOUR MARKET INSTITUTIONS

Vilakazi Madoda appointed executive director of Nedlac

BDLive reports that the new executive director of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), Madoda Vilakazi, assumed his duties on Friday.

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LABOUR AND POLITICS

Cosatu accepts President Zuma’s Nkandla apology

SABC News reports that trade union federation Cosatu has accepted President Jacob Zuma's public apology on the Nkandla matter.

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Zuma no longer a 'fit and proper' commander-in-chief, says defence union Sandu

News24 reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) has called for lawful means to remove President Jacob Zuma from office as it believes he is no longer fit to be the commander-in-chief of the defence force.

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Sandu's calls for Zuma's head is incitement, says SANDF chief

eNCA reports that the Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), General Solly Shoke, has raised concerns about the statement issued by the SA National Defence Union (Sandu).

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Be careful of Malema, Cosatu’s S’dumo Dlamini warns ANC

The New Age reports that Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini has slammed EFF leader Julius Malema, accusing him of a cloak-and-dagger operation to “divide” the ANC ahead of the party’s extended national working committee (NWC) meeting on Monday.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Nkandla upgrades: Numsa believes Zuma did ask for state funds, at News24
  • Terry Bell’s Inside Labour: Why unions must resist capture and fight for reform, at Fin24


RESTRUCTURING / RETRENCHMENTS / COMPANY JOB LOSSES

North West University to exhaust all options to avoid job cuts

EWN reports that the North West University says although it has to embark on a restructuring programme that will eventually see a number of job losses, it will try everything possible to avoid job cuts.

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EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT / DISCIPLINE / CORRUPTION

Ikwezi Council ordered to pay for manager’s sexual assault of employee

SowetanLive reports that the Grahamstown High Court has ruled that Ikwezi municipality is vicariously liable for damages caused to a former employee who was sexually assaulted by corporate services manager Xola Jack.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Two immigration officers at OR Tambo International Airport nabbed for corruption, at SA Govt News Agency


WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON SATURDAY, 2 APRIL AND SUNDAY, 3 APRIL 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Saturday, 2 April and Sunday, 3 April 2016 at SA Labour News


WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON FRIDAY, 1 APRIL 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Friday, 1 April 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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