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, 31 August 2016.


MINING LABOUR

Amcu wage strike at Sasol coal mine in Mpumalanga continues

SABC News reports that the battle over salary increases continues at the Sasol coal mine in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

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SA mine deaths rise in 2016 after years of improving safety

Reuters reports that the mining industry had been making great safety strides, with mining deaths falling for eight straight years, until this year.

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Richards Bay Minerals HR manager gunned down in an apparent hit

News24 reports that a Richards Bay mining boss has been gunned down in an apparent hit, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday.

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INDUSTRIAL ACTION / STRIKES / LOCK-OUTS

As Robertson Winery wage strike goes on, more activists call for boycott

Netwerk24 reports that the wage strike at Robertson Winery will continue for another week until next Wednesday.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Strike threat after 205 Limpopo educators aren't paid, at IOL News


LABOUR AND POLITICS

Cosatu calls for restraint from CWU and SACP following ‘verbal hand grenades’

BDLive reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday called for restraint between its affiliate, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), and the SA Communist Party (SACP).  This followed an exchange of "verbal hand grenades" this week.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • SAKP en Cosatu-vakbond gryp mekaar aan die keel, at Netwerk24 (limited access)
  • SACP shocked at attack by CWU, at IOL News
  • Truth is, we have no president, says Vavi, at The Citizen
  • We don’t know which ANC we are allied to, says Cosatu, at The Citizen


JOB CREATION

Chinese car plant planned for PE will see 2,500 direct jobs in construction phase

The Citizen reports that a multibillion-rand joint venture between Chinese carmaker Beijing Automobile Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will see the construction of the largest automobile plant built in SA in 40 years.

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RECRUITMENT / STAFFING

Gauteng health sector short-staffed, MEC reveals

The Citizen reports that Gauteng state hospitals are short of 574 doctors and 1,209 nurses, a written reply by Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has revealed.

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OUTSOURCING / PRIVATISATION

CWU, MTN agree to 'engage' on outsourcing of call centres

Business Report writes that, with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) having withdrawn an interdict application aimed at preventing MTN from outsourcing its call centre facilities, both parties have agreed to “engage” on the matter.

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No decision yet on Pikitup, says new Joburg mayor Mashaba

ANA reports that new City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has had to put out fires after only a week in the job following a stern warning from the EFF and Cosatu and its affiliate, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Sadtu), against the privatisation of waste removal entity Pikitup.

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MINIMUM WAGES

Minimum wages in private security sector to increase from 1 September

The minimum wage in the private security sector will increase from 1 September 2016 by an average of 7.1% in terms of a sectoral determination (SD) that will expire on 31 August 2017.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Wages in most sectors far exceed bottom dollar, at BDLive


EXECUTIVE PAY

I have no guilt in receiving bonuses, says Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

SABC News reports that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says he fails to understand why he should feel guilty about receiving a bonus when he met his targets of turning Eskom around.

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RESTRUCTURING / RETRENCHMENTS / COMPANY JOB LOSSES

CWU slams judge in Telkom restructuring case

Fin24 reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has cried foul over a damning labour court ruling handed down against it on Tuesday.  The Johannesburg Labour Court’s Judge AJ Snyman struck down the CWU’s bid to interdict Telkom from completing a restructuring process.

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EDUCATION / QUALIFICATIONS

Illegal Durban computer college leaves students stranded

SABC News reports that hundreds of students from the Maritime Business Computer College in Durban have been left stranded after the illegal college shut down without informing students.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • New mayor promises university for Ekurhuleni, at IOL News
  • TVET colleges in crisis says governance council, at SABC News


EMPLOYEE GRIEVANCES / DISMISSALS / UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICES

Former Numsa spokesman still waiting for settlement money from union

Business Report writes that the former spokesman of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) claims the union is refusing to pay him out after a settlement was reached at the CCMA.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

Numsa KZN provincial secretary in court on Monday on fraud charges, at Daily News


WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON 31 AUGUST 2016

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

 

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