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.

nehawu80ANA that, although SA had made strides in the fight against HIV/Aids through the biggest treatment programme in the world, stigma continued to hold back progress in eliminating the disease.  

gautengANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for payment provider SmartPurse to be fired following the company’s late payment of community health workers (CHWs) in Gauteng.  

education thumb100 News24 reports that teachers' unions appeared before a parliamentary committee on Wednesday and lashed out at the ‘jobs-for-cash’ report, slamming the speed at which it was compiled, the generalisations it contained and some of its recommendations.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92eNCA reports that Cape Town train commuters may be facing major delays on Thursday morning.  Vandalism at several Metrorail stations has affected services this week.  

UNTUEWN reports that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) has condemned the killing of one of its members in Cape Town on Thursday morning, calling it a senseless murder.  

newsThe New Age reports that the Marikana massacre widows and family members have been asked to provide proof that they suffered emotional shock, trauma and grief before they can be compensated.  

sandf thumb medium90 89TimesLive reports that a food supply crisis‚ which potentially affected hundreds of soldiers from military bases across the country‚ was caused by a new government procurement system.  

fawuSABC News reports that Atwell Nazo, president of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), has called for a summit on sugar, fat, health and jobs in order to deal with causes of obesity.  

nedlacPatrick Cairns writes about the new discussion document on social security reform tabled by government at Nedlac last Friday.  

joburgcityEWN reports that Johannesburg bus service Metrobus said on Thursday morning that all its operations were back on track, following an illegal strike by employees.  

chickensReuters reports that RCL Foods will lay off more than half of its workforce after cheaper poultry imports reduced its sales, the producer of poultry and other foods said on Wednesday.  

samwu thumb medium80 78City Press reports that talks are under way to find a solution after the Msukaligwa municipality in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, fired 200 workers who went on an illegal strike.  

healthcareThe New Age reports that patients in the Eastern Cape are bearing the brunt of a chronic shortage of health practitioners, including doctors and nurses.  Huge staff shortages and weak primary care are the two most pressing problems for the province.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that Hawks in Northern Cape said on Wednesday that four men convicted of illegal mining were sentenced in the Port Nolloth Magistrate's Court to 12 months imprisonment or a R6,000 fine.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 30 November 2016

joburgcityEWN reports that the City of Johannesburg said Metrobus commuters could expect an improvement in the operation of the service on Wednesday afternoon.  

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midday on Tuesday, 29 November 2016.

newsThe first group of frontline tourism staff to be trained in Mandarin have completed the initial phase of their training and are heading to China for cultural learning experiences.  

sapsNews24 reports that police officers in the Western Cape are being earmarked for advanced tactical training to boost their reactions under criminal fire.  

amcu thumb medium80 81In a rather one-sided but interesting opinion piece, columnist Xolisa Phillip writes that the Association of |Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is in league with cold, hard reality in the membership numbers game against its arch rival the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  

saa thumb medium95 76South African Airways (SAA) issued a statement on Wednesday warning members of the public of the re-emergence of a recruitment scam inviting young people to apply for cabin crew training programme.  

sandf thumb medium90 89TMG Digital/Cape Newsroom reports that SA’s defence force has narrowly avoided a potentially embarrassing court case by delivering rations at the eleventh hour to three army bases where soldiers had no food.  

fawuANA reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Wednesday vowed to proceed with rolling mass protest action against the imminent “sugar tax” and the so-called dumping of chicken from the European Union (EU).  

SanefANA reports that the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Tuesday said it was greatly concerned about the dismissal – without a hearing – of Steven Motale the Editor of The Citizen.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that two of Cape Town's three main train lines are back up and running after three days of around the clock repair work to Metrorail's vandalised equipment.  

gautengThe Gauteng Health Department indicated in a statement on Tuesday that in a bid to improve the quality of service delivery in the province it recruited 8,371 officials in the period from January to October 2016.  

earningsThe New Age reports that labour federation Cosatu is to undertake a clarity-seeking mission with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s advisory panel that proposed a R3,500 per month national minimum wage (NMW).  

VantageGoldfieldsANA reports that the search for the remains of three Lily Gold Mine workers, who were trapped underground in Barberton in February, would resume in the next six to eight months, the Vantage Goldfields said on Tuesday.  

parliamentFin24 reports the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament wants more research done before a sugar tax, which is supposed to come into effect in April 2017, is implemented.  

joburgcityEWN reports that Metrobus says services along some of its major routes have been disrupted as a strike by its drivers continues on Wednesday.