Today's Labour News

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news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 13 July 2016.


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Memorial service on Thursday for murdered Cape Town train driver

News24 reports that the Cape Town Metrorail train driver who was shot dead on Monday will be remembered at a memorial service on Thursday.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Durban Metro cop struck by taxi after pulling over car, at The Citizen
  • Msunduzi water workers threatened by water meter thieves, at The Witness
  • Denosa hosts nurses’ meeting ahead of AIDS conference, at SA Govt News Agency
  • Labour inquiry hears windy conditions contributed to Grayston Bridge collapse, at SABC News
  • Man plunges from scaffolding in Fourways after electric shock, at TimesLive


MINING LABOUR

The facts on how the cards in the platinum wage negotiations stack up

Ahead of the imminent commencement of wage negotiations in respect of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin, Warren Dick distills the facts relating to the processes in a question and answer format.

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Draft Mining Charter conflicts with Employment Equity Act: Solidarity

Mining Weekly reports that Solidarity’s general secretary Gideon du Plessis said on Wednesday that there were certain aspects contained in the draft Mining Charter that conflicted with the Employment Equity Act (EEA).

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SA mining not transforming itself at executive level

Moneyweb reports that according to Dr Martin Kaggwa from the Sam Tambani Research Institute, SA’s mining sector is not doing enough to transform itself at an executive level.

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Other labour posting(s) in this news category

  • Amplats miner injured in accident in March dies in hospital, at Business Report


FARMING LABOUR

ConCourt rules that wife of evicted farm worker was an occupier in her own right

TMG Digital reports that the Constitutional Court on Thursday held that a woman who stayed on a farm where her husband worked was an occupier in her own right under the Extension of Security of Tenure Act.

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INDUSTRIAL ACTION / STRIKES / LOCK-OUTS

Eskom confirms employees at subsidiary Rotek downed tools over bonuses

Eskom has confirmed that employees at its Rotek engineering facilities in Germiston downed tools on Wednesday over performance bonuses.

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ICASA strike disrupts licensing services

EE Publishers writes that, despite assurances by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) management, the strike at the agency, now in its second week, is causing major disruption as no licences can be issued.

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Communication Workers Union distances itself from Icasa restructuring claims

BDLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on Wednesday distanced itself from suggestions it had signed a restructuring agreement that precipitated an ongoing strike at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa).

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Labour dispute linked to two deaths in King Edward VIII Hospital shooting

Daily News reports that two men, believed to be striking hospital workers, were killed and a security guard was wounded in a shoot-out at Durban’s King Edward VIII Hospital on Wednesday.

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PROTESTS AND MARCHES

Samwu member wounded and two arrested during Midvaal protest

eNCA reports that protest action broke out in Meyerton on Thursday morning when municipal employees at the Midvaal Municipality barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • N6 through Stutterheim.blocked on Wednesday by worker protest, at DispatchLive


LABOUR AND POLITICS

Hesitant Numsa may have missed its political moment

Natasha Marrian writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa’s) offspring, the United Front (UF), is registered to contest local government elections in several provinces under different names.

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Cosatu breaks ranks with ANC over Zim protests

News24 reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday broke ranks with the African National Congress (ANC) on the protests in Zimbabwe, by expressing its support for the protesters.

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CWU tells SACP to remember its place in alliance

News24 reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on Wednesday criticised the SA Communist Party (SACP) for joining protests against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

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SABC staff desperate to get out of CWU, according to Vavi

News24 reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees were desperate to leave the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

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REMUNERATION

Shocking pay difference between black and white professionals in SA

BusinessTech reports that new data show a massive difference between the median pay of black and white professionals in South Africa.

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FRINGE BENEFITS

GEPF mandates R10.5bn for housing for employees in ‘gap market’

BDLive reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is to invest R10.5bn in the construction of housing for households that earn too much to get government subsidies and too little to qualify for bank loans.

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COMMUTING

Bus services resumed on Thursday in Mamelodi after ANC violence

TMG Digital reports that Autopax bus services in Mamelodi‚ which had to be suspended when 19 buses were torched in violence related to the ANC mayoral contest in the capital‚ resumed on Thursday.

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WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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