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.

handshake thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that the threat of disruption in SA’s automotive manufacturing industry by a strike in the retail motor industry has been averted.  

gavel thumb100 Cape Times reports that after being brutally assaulted, Lutzville farmworker Johannes Baadjies was allegedly paid R400 by a farmer to not tell the truth behind his scars.  

ramaphosa2TimesLive writes that the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) of R3,500 a month is not a living wage, but is a step in the right direction in addressing wage inequality.  That was according to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who announced the proposal on Sunday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 18 November to Sunday, 20 November 2016

numThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared war on anyone calling on President Jacob Zuma to step down, saying he was democratically elected by the people and would be removed by them.  

pietermaritzburgcityhallANA reports that Pietermaritzburg municipal workers left a trail of destruction during a protest march to the offices of the Msunduzi Municipality on Thursday afternoon.  

numNews24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is outraged over allegations that it has been “captured by the Gupta family”.  

sidumodlaminiMail & Guardian writes that the upcoming central executive committee (CEC) meeting of labour federation Cosatu will probably leave its president, S'dumo Dlamini, isolated.  

er24Daily News reports that charges against four men accused of stabbing ER24 paramedic Lungelo Ntombela in the face and hand have been withdrawn.  

miner thumb medium90 104TimesLive reports that R1.5 billion is lying idle, waiting for 105,000 former mineworkers with lung disease to be found so the cash can be given to them.  

numANA reports that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary David Sipunzi said on Thursday that the scourge of corruption, if unimpeded, would spark a public revolt in SA.  

sabcANA reports that Parliament’s ad hoc committee conducting an inquiry into the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has written to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko asking that he advise them on what kind of protection would be available to witnesses testifying in the inquiry.  

healthcareCape Argus reports that South Africans who have medical aid cover should brace themselves for steep increases next year, with most medical schemes set to hike their contributions by double-digit figures.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that six men, arrested for allegedly selling mine blasting certificates, briefly appeared in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.  

ramaphosa2Hilary Joffe writes that events of the coming week will be crucial as labour, business and government hold last-minute talks to secure labour stability, including a national minimum wage.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) believes that in order to regain respect from workers, it must become militant again.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80TMG Digital reports that the Western Cape’s MEC for economic development, Alan Winde, indicated on Thursday that investigations into conditions at the province’s wine farms had produced clear evidence that some employees were being poorly treated.  

cwu thumb medium90 95IOL News reports that calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down are gaining momentum within labour federation Cosatu, with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) now declaring it has lost faith in his administration.  

earningsBloomberg reports that its ranking of CEO compensation at companies filling benchmark indexes in 25 of the world’s largest economies shows the biggest paychecks - by far - are written in the U.S.  

SipunzieNCA writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is desperate to prove that it has not been ‘captured’ by the controversial Gupta family.  

headgearDavid McKay reports that one new aspect of the Mining Charter, due to be published in Parliament next month, is a 1% levy on revenue over two years that will be channelled into community development.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has defended the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) decision not to advertise Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s current position‚ saying there was no need to do so.  

dipuopetersNews24 reports that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) chairperson Popo Molefe has repaid R680,000 for extra board meetings that had not been approved by the Department of Transport.  

comTMG Digital reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA (COM) on Thursday said the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) had chosen to produce its own version of a draft reviewed Mining Charter “without properly engaging any stakeholder other than their receiving submissions”.  

saa thumb medium95 76IOL News reports that SA Airways (SAA) board chairwoman Dudu Myeni claimed on Wednesday that there was “institutionalised corruption” at the carrier and that attacks on her reputation were the result of her attempts to crack down on it.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Business Report writes that decent work for all and finding solutions to issues affecting the fiscus will be some of the burning issues discussed at trade union federation Fedusa’s sixth two-day national congress.  

newsTMG Digital reports that the Springs Council Chamber will on Friday be the venue for the Sector Parliament for Commercial Sex Workers.  

sandf thumb medium90 89ANA reports that a member of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Reserve Force and his wife were arrested on Wednesday following an investigation into allegations of fraudulent transactions relating to call-ups of SANDF Reserve Force members.  

handcuffsANA reports that North West police advised on Wednesday that six men had been arrested for allegedly selling mine blasting certificates in Rustenburg.  

newsThe New Age reports that a syndicate of illegal miners (zama zamas) operating in the old Durban Deep mine, west of Johannesburg, have resorted to stealing cables because their operations to retrieve gold have been unsuccessful.