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.

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 19 July 2016.

solidariteitIOL News reports that trade union Solidarity has high hopes that its Labour Court case against the SABC on Thursday will be successful following the broadcaster losing a legal battle in the high court in Pretoria on Wednesday.  

concourtBDLive reports that seven fired SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists have approached the Constitutional Court to declare their axing "unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid".  They are joined by an eighth, suspended SABC staffer Vuyo Mvoko, who had not been informed by Tuesday whether his contract had been cancelled.  

angloamerican fullBDLive reports that Kumba Iron Ore responded to the slump in international commodity prices by halving production at its Sishen mine and cutting about 31% of Sishen’s workforce.  

jicminingBDLive reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) has given Oakbay subsidiary JIC Mining Services three months to open a local bank account or risk losing its business.  

harmonyANA reports that Harmony Gold on Tuesday announced that a worker had died after what was believed to be a material handling accident at the gold producer’s Joel mine in the Free State.  

graphdownBusinessTech reports that, with SA’s high unemployment rate ranked as the worst in the world, among the worst to be hit so far this year were domestic workers as households cut spending costs amid rising food price inflation, fuel and electricity price hikes, and job uncertainty.  

sabcBDLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) capitulated in court on Wednesday and agreed to withdraw its decision not to broadcast footage of the destruction of public property during violent protest action.  

statssaAccording to Consumer Price Index (CPI) data released by Statistics SA on Wednesday, consumer inflation accelerated to 6.3% year-on-year in June, up from 6.1% in May 2016.  

gavel thumb100 The Witness reports that two former employees were found guilty yesterday of strangling Verulam businessman Govindaraju Chinnian to death in a storage container on 3 May and then dumping heavy bags of cement on his body.  

nelsonmandelabayNews24 reports that Nelson Mandela Metro residents on Tuesday suggested that prostitutes should be given a "work station" so as to avoid naked prostitutes ‘putting their bits on display’ around St George's Strand.  

newsTMG Digital reports that the fund set up to assist the "brave South African journalists who lost their jobs for standing up for media freedom" stood at almost R280,000 on Wednesday morning.  

tacEWN reports that the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has challenged government to better train community healthcare workers and create permanent jobs for them.  

southafricalogoCity Press reports that an enormous accumulated surplus of R99 billion is lying unused in the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).  

labourcourtsANA reports that Solidarity and the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media, and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) are each set to square off against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in the Labour Court over dismissals of their members.  

tebaThe New Age writes that fund managers are being blamed for the tardy payout of pension benefits to retired workers and their relatives, leading to an unclaimed pension pot of R20bn.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that a strike in the retail motor industry has moved a step closer after the failure of a dispute resolution meeting held last week.  

fawuBDLive reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) is set to cut ties with labour federation Cosatu at the former’s national conference in August.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 19 July 2016

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 18 July 2016.

sabcNews24 reports that seven of the so-called SABC 8 have officially been fired and one's contract was terminated, it was established on Tuesday.  

reavayaEngineering News reports that the City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years.  

eskomBDLive reports that Eskom is continuing to negotiate with its trade unions and does not anticipate a strike or that there will be any loadshedding, the power utility’s executives said on Tuesday.  

parliamentBDLive reports that the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has ruled in Parliament’s favour in its drawn-out battle with union Nehawu over bonus payouts.  

AfroCanlogoANA reports that Canadian gold mining company AfroCan Resources Gold on Monday denied allegations that it had deceived Vantage Goldfields over Lily Mine’s $11 million (R156.7 million) business rescue it had promised to invest in the collapsed mine.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday morning fired Busisiwe Ntuli, a specialist producer for the investigative programme Special Assignment, Lukhanyo Calata, a SABC journalist in Cape Town, and economics editor Thandeka Gqubule.  

newsThe Witness reports that local and foreign sex workers on Monday called on delegates at the 2016 International Aids Conference to support decriminalise of sex work.  

postoffice thumb100 North Eastern Tribune reports that employees at the SA Post Office (Sapo) were recently stopped by police from marching to Braamfontein to demand answers about a range of issues, including the dismissal of more than 200 workers.  

daANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) indicated its intention to picket outside Parliament on Tuesday against the dismissal of four journalists by the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

miners2Mining Weekly reports that major miners Anglo American and Harmony Gold have pledged their support for the United Nations' HIV/Aids organisation UNAids’ global #ProTEST HIV campaign.