Today's Labour News

newsThis news aggregator site highlights South African labour news from a wide range of internet and print sources. Each posting has a synopsis of the source article, together with a link or reference to the original. Postings cover the range of labour related matters from industrial relations to generalist human resources.

sapsDaily News reports that police officers from various stations around Durban were deployed to Lamontville Police Station on Wednesday morning when police and admin staff with grievances downed tools and did not report for duty.  

artisan2BusinessLive reports that three technical and vocational education and training (TVET) campuses will open in 2017 to absorb some of the hundreds of thousands matrics who failed to get university exemption.  

harmonyFin24 reports that about 1,600 miners that spent nearly 48 hours over 2km below the surface of Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine during an illegal sit-in returned to the surface late on Thursday night.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Groundup reports that Eastern Cape schools have started the year short of teachers, and there seems to be no imminent solution.  

labourcourtsTimesLive reports that Itunu Ubogu, who holds a senior position in the Gauteng health department, was accidentally overpaid for five years, but then a letter arrived demanding repayment of almost R800,000.  

healthcareeNCA reports that more than 200 newly qualified doctors and pharmacists are in limbo as they are unable to  find posts.  

kusasalethuFin24 reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Workers (Amcu), fears for the safety of over 1,000 mineworkers who have staged an underground sit-in at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine.  

protestNews24 reports that residents of Mkhulu in Bushbuckridge have threatened to burn down the newly-opened R300m traffic college, saying promises of jobs have gone unfulfilled.  

northwestprovinceTimesLive reports that North West premier Supra Mahumapelo’s office has denied that the provincial government would be cutting public servants salaries in 2017.  

easterncape thumb100 DispatchLive reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) to investigate corrupt recruitment processes in the Eastern Cape’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs department.  

artisansBusinessLive reports that in its bid to increase "access to and success in" technical and vocational education and training (TVET)‚ the Department of Higher Education will open three new TVET campuses this year.  

southafricalogoTimesLive reports that the special advisor to Minister of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Ngoako Ramatlhodi has laid down the principles that govern conduct of officials.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament has expressed shock and dismay at reports that its protection officers are taking the institution to court.  

farming thumb medium80 84The New Age reports that some farmers are unlawfully deducting electricity, water and rentals to counter the minimum wage for farmworkers set by the government.  

cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday said it was deeply concerned by the pending jobs blood bath in the poultry industry, and was also alarmed by government's "deafening silence" on a matter of the utmost national concern.  

harmonyFin24 reports that about 1,700 miners refused to return to the surface of Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine on the West Rand on Wednesday, with the gold producer saying they had embarked on an illegal sit-in.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that Gauteng schools could face further teacher shortages this year, according to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu).  But the province’s education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, said on Wednesday there were enough teachers to deal with the annual surge of new pupils.  

RobertsonWineryGroundup reports that a new dispute has arisen at Robertson Winery (RW), with workers accusing the company of not respecting the agreement signed in November after a long strike.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that deliberations at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on a national minimum wage (NMW) and measures to stabilise labour relations are far advanced.  

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handcuffsSowetan reports that two Mozambican national were arrested on Tuesday by Ekurhuleni police in connection with illegal mining in Springs.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the National Forum on the Legal Profession (NFLP), tasked with making the legal profession more accessible, says it will not budge from its recommended race and gender quotas in respect of the Legal Practice Council (LPC).  

ambulanceDaily News reports that the rampant attacks on paramedics in the private and public sector have prompted the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health to ask for government intervention, Dr Sifiso Mtshali, the Health HOD, said on Monday.  

chickensBusinessLive reports that major chicken producer RCL Foods says the government’s new 13.9% safeguard duty on imported bone-in chicken portions from the EU is "hopelessly inadequate".  

joburgcityANA reports that the City of Johannesburg has warned residents that services at some of its licensing centres would be affected following the arrest of several officials for fraud and corruption in a wide-ranging anti-graft clampdown.  

newsThe Citizen reports that National Forum of Advocates (NFA) has “urgently” called on Justice Minister Michael Masutha to reject recommendations by the National Forum on the Legal Profession (NFLP) relating to the composition of the SA Legal Practice Council.  

education90DispatchLive reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has called on the ANC in the Eastern Cape to convene an urgent meeting to deal with an education crisis in the province.  

NFPBusiness Report writes that the National Freedom Party (NFP) has called for an end to the importation of chickens.  

VantageGoldfieldsNetwerk24 reports that operations will recommence by the end of January at Vantage Goldfields’ Barbrook mine in Mpumalanga.