news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 7 April 2016.


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Police break silence on deaths of workers in taxis shot at mistakenly by cops

Cape Argus reports that six weeks after police allegedly shot dead innocent restaurant workers, provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula has spoken out for the first time about the incident and two others that followed.

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Compensation system for injured workers ‘needs overhaul’, says Motsoaledi

BDLive reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in Parliament on Thursday that SA’s cumbersome and inefficient compensation system for injured and ill workers desperately needed reform.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Labour department to investigate death of employee at KZN firm, at Engineering News
  • Uber driver hijacked at Cape Town airport, at BDLive
  • Safety call made for construction workers, at ANN7


MINING LABOUR

Talks between Sibanye and Amcu over wages at a ‘sensitive stage’

The New Age reports that talks between with Sibanye Gold and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) were still at a “sensitive stage”, the gold producer said on Thursday.

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NUM says Sibanye’s new deal with Amcu is unprecedented and unacceptable

Mineweb reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is unhappy about the reported wage agreement that has been reached between Sibanye Gold and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

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Business rescue for Lily Mine only option‚ says Solidarity

TMG Digital reports that according to Solidarity, Lily Mine’s application for business rescue announced by the company on Thursday was the only option left for the mine and its employees.

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Other labour posting(s) in this news category

  • Vantage puts Lily mine operator into business rescue, at BDLive
  • Glencore lays arson charges as strike violence escalates, at BDLive
  • Amcu suspends strike as Sibanye calls in all unions for talks, at Miningmx


INDUSTRIAL ACTION / STRIKES / LOCK-OUTS

Cosatu approaches CCMA over Pikitup strike and hopes for settlement by Monday

ANA reports that Cosatu has resolved to approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over the drawn-out strike at Johannesburg refuse removal entity Pikitup, it said on Thursday.

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Pikitup strike-resolution talks resume at CCMA on Friday

Business Report writes that talks to end a month-old unprotected strike at Johannesburg waste management agency Pikitup resumed at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday morning.

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No end in sight to strike at Shoprite’s Centurion distribution centre

BDLive reports that there is no end in sight to the strike at Shoprite’s distribution centre in Centurion, with workers vowing to continue until management meets their demands.

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Metrorail workers temporarily abandon Western Cape strike

BDLive reports that striking Metrorail workers in the Western Cape have decided to temporarily abandon their industrial action, after consulting with lawyers.

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Durban harbour road blockage caused by work stoppage ends

Business Report writes that the two-day blockage of Bayhead road in Durban, which prevented trucks from going into the harbour, is over according to Transnet.

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Uber plays down reports of driver strike after fare cut

Fin24 reports that ride-sharing service Uber says reports about 200 of its partner drivers striking in Cape Town are exaggerated.

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Patients at KwaMashu clinic left stranded on Wednesday by go-slow

The New Age reports that patients at the KwaMashu Poly Clinic were left stranded on Wednesday when 500 staff members embarked on a go-slow, calling for the suspension of the HR and nursing managers.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Port delays due to strike dry up Durban fuel pumps, at Daily News
  • Uber kap bestuurders oor staking, at Netwerk24
  • Pikitup strike: 'Workers have been consistent in their demands', at EWN
  • DA to investigate how Joburgers can recoup losses from Pikitup strike, at BDLive


PROTESTS AND MARCHES

KZN Cosatu stages brief e-toll protest on Thursday at Marriannhill plaza

News24 reports that Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal staged an e-toll protest on Thursday, with just over 100 picketers gathering outside the N3TC office at the Marriannhill Toll Plaza. 

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Protest action halts MiCiTi bus operations in Cape Town on T01 route, at News24


LABOUR MARKET / RECRUITMENT / STAFFING

Police warn against adverts requiring job seekers to ‘pay for jobs’

ANA reports that police on Thursday urged jobseekers to be cautious when applying for advertised vacancies that required applicants to pay before they could get the job.

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COMPANY JOB LOSSES

Steel industry at the brink, but Solidarity not convinced of government’s sense of urgency

Mail & Guardian writes that the domestic steel industry is bleeding and stakeholders fear its death unless emergency protections are introduced soon.

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REMUNERATION / SALARY INCREASES

SAMA reports 7.6% salary increase from 1 April for public service employees

The SA Medical Association (SAMA) has released a statement to its members indicating that public servants who fall under the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) are to receive a 7.6% salary increase.

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EXECUTIVE PAY

PIC uses its shareholder votes to red card firms’ executive pay policies

Bloomberg reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which oversees the bulk of the SA government’s pension money, voted against pay policies at more than one third of the annual general meetings it attended between July and September last year.

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WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON THURSDAY, 7 APRIL 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Thursday, 7 April 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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