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.

sidumodlaminiANA reports that the leadership collective of labour federation Cosatu on Thursday said none of them had ever received money from the wealthy Gupta family, which has accused of wielding influence in the affairs of the state.  

ancylBusinessLive reports that ANC Youth League president Collen Maine has accused labour federation Cosatu of holding a gun to the ANC’s head by publicly endorsing Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the party.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday downplayed Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s influence at the public broadcaster, saying his position as group executive of corporate affairs was equivalent to that of a "glorified public relations officer".  

RobertsonWineryGroundUp reports that the 14-week strike at Robertson Winery has ended and farmworkers will return to work on Monday after agreeing to an 8% or R400 increase (whichever is greater).  

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miner thumb medium90 104Sowetan reports that a veteran trade unionist has warned the mining industry and the government that failure to urgently address the issue of thousands of mineworkers who were buried in unmarked graves during apartheid could lead to anarchy.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Mining Review reports that Atlatsa Resources has announced that its Bokoni Platinum Mines has concluded a two-year wage agreement with three unions, effective from 1 July 2016.  

protestThe New Age reports that three unions on Wednesday demanded that AEL Mining Services put to an end to what they claimed were practices of "exploitation, discrimination and oppression".  AEL is a subsidiary of the AECI Group.

angiemotshekgaANA reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Wednesday said it was unfair and offensive to accuse her of failing to act against the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) after a report pointed to the union’s strangle-hold on six provincial departments.  

ramaphosaBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Thursday resolved to support Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in his bid to become the next president of the African National Congress (ANC).  

cosatuANA reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Wednesday welcomed the release of the long awaited Comprehensive Social Security Discussion Paper by the Department of Social Development.  

numsaThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has been rocked by a tribal fight that is threatening to tear the union apart ahead of its national congress next month.  

sapsEWN reports that Western Cape Police Commissioner Khombinkosi Jula says investigators are hot on the heels of two suspects wanted in connection with the murder of an officer in Philippi East.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the High Court in Cape Town on Wednesday heard an application brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA) A to have Hlaudi Motsoeneng removed from the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

comBusiness Report writes that a showdown is looming between the Chamber of Mines (COM) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) over the draft of the reviewed Mining Charter.  

southafricalogoReuters reports that National Treasury on Wednesday supported the report by a Nedlac advisory panel that suggested a national minimum wage of R3,500, thereby throwing its political weight behind the initiative.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that the long process of getting Parliament to pass the Unemployment Insurance Amendment (UIF) Bill came to an end with its adoption by the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday.  

TMG Digital reports that the Congress of the People (Cope) warned on Tuesday that SA’s rising unemployment rate was a ticking time bomb that would affect every citizen‚ black and white‚ rich and poor.  

busaANA reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) on Tuesday said it would need to consult diligently with its members to understand the potential impact of the recommended R3,500 national minimum wage (NMW) on different sectors and types of businesses.  

saceCity Press reports that the SA Council for Educators (SACE) has defended its four-page report into the selling of teacher promotional posts, which found no evidence of corruption or wrongdoing.  

newsBusiness Report writes that, as SA continues to bleed jobs, labour is becoming more desperate in its plea for the government to rein in business to ensure retrenchments are the last resort and they start investing in the economy.  

UNTUBusiness Report writes that the United National Transport Union (Untu) said Transnet was being malicious after it blatantly disregarded a court ruling compelling it to not force employees to take leave in December.  

protestANA reports that the plush Sheraton Hotel on the eastern side of Pretoria CBD has been hit by a wage dispute, with workers picketing outside the grand facility, demanding pay increases.  

Stats SAANA reports that Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said on Tuesday that at least 15,000 domestic workers employed in private households lost their jobs between July and September this year.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that mining company Anglo American, which has reduced the number of assets in its portfolio from 68 in 2012 to 42 now, is producing more product from those 42 assets than it was with the 68.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that Statistics SA announced on Wednesday that the annual consumer price index (CPI) accelerated to 6.4% in October 2016.  

strike thumb medium85 85Daily News writes that several families have spoken of their grief at waiting for up to 48 hours to fetch their loved ones from a Durban mortuary where employees went on strike on Monday.  

phiyegaANA reports that the SA Policing Union (Sapu) on Tuesday said it was concerned that the term of office of suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega could end before her long-running disciplinary matter was concluded.  

solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday that the implementation of the proposed R3,500 national minimum wage would increase labour costs.  

newsITWeb reports that Neotel has denied rumours that retrenchments may be on the horizon as it prepares to be acquired by Liquid Telecom.