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.

statssaThe second quarter of 2016 saw a decline in jobs of 129,000 compared to the previous quarter, according to the latest quarterly labour force survey released by Statistics SA on Thursday.  

headgearMining Weekly reports that Deepa Vallabh of law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is of the view that the draft reviewed Mining Charter Three is not an effective tool to achieve the transformation of the mining industry.  

zumaCape Times reports that President Jacob Zuma has yet again at the eleventh hour skipped the site where mineworkers were gunned down by police in Marikana in North West in 2012.  

earningsBDLive reports that Investec appears to have blithely ignored UK rules capping variable pay for banking executives, paying CEO Stephen Koseff bonuses more than quadruple his salary for the year to March.  

strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that operations at SA’s largest refinery, the Sapref refinery in Durban, stopped on Thursday as a strike over wages commenced.  The refinery is a joint venture between Shell and BP.  

ehrenreichNetwerk24 reports that a charge of crimen injuria has been brought against Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary of labour federation Cosatu, after he alleged that the Cape Town city council discriminated against traffic official on the grounds of race.  

sabcIOL News reports that veteran SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news anchor and contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko’s case looks set to proceed in the Johannesburg High Court after the disputing parties failed to reach a settlement on Thursday morning.  

durbanANA reports that an eThekwini municipal worker tasked with clearing puddles from a Durban road in the wake of recent rains was killed when he was struck by a lorry on Wednesday.  

solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday that the decision by the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to reinstate seven of the eight journalists it fired for disagreeing with its protest coverage policy was a victory against censorship.  

sasolBDLive reports that Sasol has put contingency plans in place in anticipation of thousands of petroleum sector workers downing tools on Thursday during a protected strike.  

sabmillerlogoBDLive reports that the SABMiller board on Wednesday informed staff dealing with the company’s convergence and integration with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) to stop their work, bringing the R1.4-trillion megabrew merger to a halt.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 27 July 2016

newsMoneyweb reports that the future of employee share schemes seems to be in the balance if proposals in the latest draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill go through.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94TMG Digital reports that the Automobile Association (AA) has advised motorists to ensure they have fuel‚ ahead of a strike by the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu), set to begin on Thursday.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced on Wednesday that it has reinstated seven dismissed journalists.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that more than 200 teachers were charged with assault by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) in the past year, education MEC Debbie Schafer confirmed on Tuesday.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that Canadian gold producer and investor AfroCan Resources Gold and gold producer Vantage Goldfields are continuing to exchange words in a dispute over a failed financing deal.  

sabcNews24 reports that four journalists fired by the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are disappointed they cannot go back to work despite a Labour Court judgement ordering the public broadcaster to reinstate them.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Mercury reports that members of the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) employed at petrol refineries are set to begin a strike on Thursday morning over a wage dispute.  

pravingordanReuters reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Tuesday he was concerned about South Africa's volatile labour market, which has been plagued by strikes and above inflation wage demands despite a barely growing economy.  

protestdefenceWeb reports that numerous Solidarity and Numsa members working for Denel on the East Rand and in Pretoria have been participating in sporadic protest action since last week over the late payment of performance bonuses.  

durbanThe New Age reports that normal bus services resumed on Tuesday following an end to a Durban Transport bus drivers’ strike.  

ceppwawuThe New Age reports that the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) says it will embark on an industrial strike on Thursday to demand a better living wage in the petroleum industry.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will appeal Tuesday’s Labour Court order that it must reinstate four journalists that were recently dismissed, and will not allow them back into their offices.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 26 July 2016

necsa1Engineering News reports that the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Tuesday said it was still engaging with the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and the Pelindaba Workers’ Union (PWU) on salary increases and conditions of service.  

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solidariteitNews24 reports that the Labour Court’s ruling that four of the axed SABC journalists must be reinstated is the first victory in a larger battle against those in the broadcaster who feel that the Constitution does not apply to them, Solidarity said on Tuesday.  

miner thumb medium90 104Fin24 reports that the six mining companies that form the Occupational Lung Disease Working Group said on Monday they fully and actively support the work being done by the national departments of Mineral Resources and Health to ensure that former mineworkers were able to claim all the benefits to which they are entitled.  

fsbANA reports that the Financial Services Board (FSB) on Friday issued a warning to members of the public to be wary of unscrupulous individuals swindling people for a fee to recover their unpaid pension benefits.