news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 17 June 2016.


TOP STORY - JOBLESSNESS

Zuma convenes Presidential Labour Working Group meeting for Tuesday

TMG Digital reports that President Jacob Zuma will convene the Presidential Labour Working Group on Tuesday for a discussion of matters relating to the economy as well other socio-economic issues‚ the Presidency said on Sunday.

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Crunch time as Zuma faces joblessness ‘time bomb’

TimesLive writes that the government has gone into overdrive to avert the explosion of an unemployment "time bomb".  President Jacob Zuma will meet with government leaders, officials and unionists on Tuesday to discuss the state of the economy, including remorselessly increasing youth unemployment.

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Asylum seekers flock to SA even as country battles unemployment

Fin24 reports that, in the midst of staggeringly high unemployment figures, South Africa hosted more asylum seekers than any other country in the world at the end of 2015.

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MINING LABOUR

Fatality at Harmony Gold’s Phakisa mine in Welkom

ANA reports that Harmony Gold Mining on Monday announced that an employee had died in a mine accident underground at its Welkom operation in the Free State over the weekend.

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Lily Mine awaits R171m injection

City Press reports that Lily gold mine in Mpumalanga is still waiting for a deposit of a R171.8 million investment from a Canadian company.

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Eerie silence of despair at Lily Mine

Sunday Independent writes that some 130 days after the rock-fall at Lily Mine that led to three miners ending up trapped underground the scene outside the mine is eerily silent.  At the time of the accident, the mine had 482 employees, but it is not clear how many of those men and women are still actively on duty.

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Other general mining internet posting(s)

  • Mining company Ivanhoe giant threatens to gag critical film, at City Press
  • Film premieres despite gagging bids by mining houses, at Sunday Tribune


COLLECTIVE BARGAINING / INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Numsa predicts ‘very tough’ wage negotiations with automakers

Bloomberg reports that formal wage bargaining between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organisation covering the local units of automakers will begin on 21 June 2016.

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PROTESTS AND MARCHES

Research data confirm SA is a world leader in labour instability

BDLive reports that University of Johannesburg (UJ) research has shown that labour issues accounted for almost half of all public protests recorded by the police between 1997 and 2013, while the number of protests characterised as disorderly had steadily risen.

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LABOUR AND POLITICS

‘Communists killed Cosatu’, writes Patrick Craven in his new book

City Press writes that it his new book, The Battle for Cosatu: An Insider’s View, Patrick Craven gives an ‘insider’s view’ of the infighting in labour federation Cosatu and the determination to get rid of its former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

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EXECUTIVE PAY

Vodacom doubles chief executive’s pay on better growth

Business Report writes that cellular giant Vodacom had doubled the remuneration package of its chief executive, Shameel Joosub, in the year to March to R22 million on improved growth.

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EMPLOYEE GRIEVANCES / UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICES

‘Union Buildings’ soldiers plan to claim millions from defence force in class action

City Press reports that barely a month after the chief of the defence force, General Solly Shoke, recalled 509 soldiers he had placed on special leave for marching to the Union Buildings in 2009, they are planning to claim millions of rands in a class action.

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DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Numsa and ex-spokesperson settle unfair dismissal suit

News24 reports that Castro Ngobese, former spokesperson for the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), and the union have reached a settlement after he challenged its decision to fire him.

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WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON SATURDAY, 18 JUNE AND Sunday, 19 JUNE 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Saturday, 18 June and Sunday, 19 June 2016 at SA Labour News


WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON FRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Friday, 17 June 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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