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 Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 29 July 2016.

implatsheadgear smlThe New Age reports that, with the lives of more than 50 mine workers having been claimed since January this year, mining unions have called for the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to take strong action against companies where fatal accidents have occurred.  

gavel thumb100 The Witness reports that the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sentenced a municipal employee to five years’ imprisonment or a R40,000 fine after he was found guilty of submitting false overtime claims over two years.  

ceppwawueNCA reports that the SA Petroleum Industry Association says striking workers at refineries are causing petrol delivery delays by intimidating drivers.  It claims have been threatened, so they will drive to petrol stations only once they know it's safe.  

vavi1BDLive reports that former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will not be voting for the ANC for the first time since 1994.  

sapsANA reports that Solidarity and the SA Police Service (SAPS) have reached a historic settlement that directly affects the promotion of more than 3,000 SAPS members, the trade union said on Sunday.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94TimesLive reports that fuel shortages have been reported at petrol stations across the country - making nonsense of the assurances of industry spokesmen last week that motorists had nothing to worry about unless the strike were prolonged.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 30 July and Sunday, 31 July 2016

UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) on Sunday urged the SA Police Service (SAPS) to re-establish the railway police as it existed before it was incorporated into the regular police in 1986.  

pravingordanCity Press reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan promised on Tuesday that the controversial employment tax incentive (ETI), colloquially known as the ‘youth wage subsidy’, would be renewed next year.  

ZululandUniversitySunday Times reports that a probe into a new degrees-for-sale scam that has rocked the University of Zululand shows that more than 4,000 people may have paid for fake degrees there over the past 20 years.  

MatlosanalogoPretoria News reports that three judges of the High Court in Pretoria have said that for the City of Matlosana (Klerksdorp) to blame a librarian for being brutally raped while on duty at a community library was offensive, bizarre and deeply insensitive towards the woman.  

anglogoldashantiEWN reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has confirmed the deaths of two miners in separate incidents at AngloGold Ashanti mines this week.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94Independent on Saturday reports that petrol stations around the country have started running dry as a result of the petroleum sector strike.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 29 July 2016

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that a Pikitup employee was gunned down in Johannesburg on Friday and another one critically injured after SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members clashed with union officials’ bodyguards.  

strike thumb medium85 85Reuters reports that pharmaceutical workers launched an indefinite wage strike on Friday, potentially affecting production and distribution depots, a union official said.  

numFin24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has announced that its members at Eskom will go on a strike from 8 August 2016.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 28 July 2016.

southafricalogoBusiness Report writes that the Labour Department has stipulated new minimum wage levels for the taxi industry, which will see salaries increasing by an average of 6% as of 1 August 2016.  

necsa1Engineering News reports on a wage agreement reached between the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and labour unions, following months of negotiation.  

evrazBloomberg reports that ArcelorMittal SA (AMSA) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) are considering options that may lead to the reopening of Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium heavy-section steel mill after it was shuttered when the business was wound down.  

prasaNews24 reports that the Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa) says it cannot fight increasing violent crime at train stations on its own.  

sibanyeReuters reports that Sibanye Gold lost R135 million in revenue in the 12 months to June at its Kroondal platinum mine due to government safety stops, the company indicated on Thursday.  

ictBusinessTech reports that new survey data shows that South Africa faces a growing Information and communications technology (ICT) skills crisis of immense proportions.  

farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp reports that new research by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (Saldru) at UCT suggests that the 2013 increase in the minimum wage for farm workers caused a drop in employment.  

ceppwawuEWN reports that the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has assured motorists that fuel pumps won’t run dry due to a strike among workers in the petroleum producing sector.  The strike entered its second day on Friday.  

ann7ANA reports that a fund set up to assist axed SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists has been extended to help other news reporters, including the nine who were recently dismissed by Gupta-owned television news channel ANN7.  

FronemanBusiness Report writes that the message from Sibanye Gold boss Neal Froneman to investors on Thursday was that the difficult market conditions in the mining industry would require “bitter medicine”, including cutting salaries.  

ambulanceCaxton News Service reports that approximately 20 workers were transported to hospital after an industrial accident at a business in Elandsfontein in Johannesburg on Thursday morning.