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.

concourtTimesLive reports that a former SA Revenue Services (SARS) employee‚ fired in 2007 by then commissioner Pravin Gordhan for using racist and derogatory language‚ has had the reversal of his dismissal overturned by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).  

MoodysBusinessLive reports that New York-based credit rating agency Moody’s sees the recent wage deals between platinum producers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) as positive for SA’s sovereign debt rating.  

joburgcityBusinessLive reports that the City of Johannesburg is considering dissolving the boards of 12 municipal-owned entities and absorbing them back into the city’s structures.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, points out that overseas employers are very keen to employ South Africans because we are known to be such hard workers.  

mildredoliphantFin24 reports that the minimum wage for domestic workers, including housekeepers, gardeners, nannies and domestic drivers, will be increased from 1 December 1 2016.  

auroraSowetan reports that destitute former workers of the ill-fated Aurora Empowerment Systems gold mines have submitted a list of complaints against liquidators of the company to the Master of the High Court in Pretoria.  

angloamerican fullBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the United Association of SA (Uasa) on Monday took Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to the Labour Court.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 7 November 2016

amcu thumb medium80 81Dewald van Rensburg analyses the wage deals signed last week by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) with platinum producers Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin.  

concourtIOL News reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) is due to make a ruling on whether Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan (then Commissioner of the SA Revenue Services (SARS) had powers to fire a white employee for calling his supervisor a “k****r”.  

protestIOL News reports that allegations of racism have hit the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with black employees protesting on Friday to air their frustrations.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has welcomed the life imprisonment sentence meted to a man convicted of the murder of two of its officials.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has welcomed the recommendation by government to extend the youth employment tax incentive (ETI) scheme by another two-year period from 31 December.  

solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity has called for the appointment of an acting president pending the finalisation of the report by the inquiry into allegations of state capture as directed by former public protector Thuli Madonsela.  

earningsCity Press reports that the compilers of the King IV code have baulked at giving shareholders the right to block directors’ remuneration.  

saafTimesLive reports that the SA military might soon struggle to fly troops and weapons to war and disaster zones using its own aircraft because a skills and maintenance crisis threatens to ground the entire transport fleet.  

kznlogo thumb100 Business Report writes that Tongaat Hulett is going to invest R50 billion in the next 15 years in the development of the Sibaya Coastal Precinct in a move that would boost the local economy and create jobs.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 4 November to Sunday, 6 November 2016

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medicaldoctorCape Argus reports that according to unions representing doctors and nurses, a crisis in the public health sector is inevitable due to the Department of Health’s freezing of vacant posts.  

cosatuTMG Digital reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Thursday denounced the “wasteful expenditure of taxpayer’s money by public representatives on frivolous legal challenges”.  

strike thumb medium85 85DispatchLive reports that East London-based Bacalum Manufacturers is heading for its first legal strike and lockout over wages and conditions on 14 November.  The company is a manufacturer of high-end glass and aluminium fittings.  

newsThe Mercury reports that the decision by an employer to suspend a Durban man who wrote on Facebook that Indians were “low-class rubbish with no morals” has been seen by race experts as a step in the right direction.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu has intensified its opposition to the employment tax incentive because of the government’s refusal to exclude labour brokers from the scheme.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLive reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has lambasted municipal and national government officials for not answering key questions in an investigation into socioeconomic conditions in mining communities.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The New Age reports that health practitioners belonging to various unions in the OR Tambo region are threatening to down tools over a crisis caused by a “gross” shortage of staff and issues relating to study leave.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that, in a further sign of the increasingly strained relations between the alliance partners, trade union federation Cosatu issued a statement on Thursday sharply critical of its allay the ANC.  

uasa thumb medium70 84The United Association of SA (Uasa) put out a statement on Wednesday claiming that the recent wage agreement signed between Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was “unlawful”.  

VantageGoldfieldsThe New Age reports that it has been nine months since the tragic Lily Mine collapse in Barberton, Mpumalanga, and the lives of three families who lost their loved ones in the collapse have gone from bad to worse.  

newsBusinessLive reports that a newly published report by the Treasury shows that technical and vocational colleges are deeply dysfunctional.