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.

healthcareThe Citizen reports that Gauteng state hospitals are short of 574 doctors and 1,209 nurses, a written reply by Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has revealed.  

cosatuBDLive reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday called for restraint between its affiliate, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), and the SA Communist Party (SACP).  

sasolSABC News reports that the battle over salary increases continues at the Sasol coal mine in Secunda, Mpumalanga.  

pikitupANA reports that new City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has had to put out fires after only a week in the job following a stern warning from the EFF and Cosatu and its affiliate, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Sadtu), against the privatisation of waste removal entity Pikitup.  

newsThe Citizen reports that a multibillion-rand joint venture between Chinese carmaker Beijing Automobile Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will see the construction of the largest automobile plant built in SA in 40 years.  

mtnBusiness Report writes that, with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) having withdrawn an interdict application aimed at preventing MTN from outsourcing its call centre facilities, both parties have agreed to “engage” on the matter.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 31 August 2016

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 30 August 2016.

strike thumb medium85 85SABC News reported on Tuesday that employees of Robertson Winery in the Boland region of the Western Cape have still not reached an agreement with their employer over a pay dispute.  

protestIOL News reports that Gauteng could come to a standstill next Thursday if the leaders of #OutsourcingMustFall movement get their way.  Themba Ncalo, a representative of the movement, indicated:  We have taken a decision with the shop stewards and the workers’ associations that the shutdown will happen next week (8 September).”  

telkom thumb100 Fin24 reports that the Labour Court has struck down a Communication Workers Union (CWU) bid to interdict Telkom from completing a restructuring process.  

healthcareDaily News reports that South Africans will soon be able to get a glimpse into the lives of doctors who have to deal with 30-hour shifts, trauma cases, casualties, short-staffed emergency units and long queues of irate patients.  

mtnBusiness Report writes that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has withdrawn an interdict application against MTN intended to stop the cellular operator’s call centre outsourcing plans.  

strike thumb medium85 85DispatchLive reports that staff at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha have gone on strike for better salaries and medical aid contributions.  

protestThe Citizen reports that the sexual harassment of domestic workers by male employers will form part of a massive protest scheduled in Gauteng and the Western Cape.  Other core issues that will emerge during the protest are the noncompliance of employers with the labour laws and the poor working conditions workers are subjected to.  

hospersaANA reports that the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) on Tuesday condemned attacks on emergency services workers allegedly perpetuated by tow truck drivers in the Free State.  

solidariteitBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity warned on Tuesday that if there were to be no urgent intervention, the South African steel industry would be at risk of collapse.  

sactwuDaily News reports that about 80,000 clothing workers have won an 8.5% salary increase this year in terms of an agreement reached by the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) under the auspices of the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry.  

nehawu80BDLive reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday threatened a nationwide strike should the Department of Home Affairs continue to push for the creation of a border management agency.  

vavi1The Citizen reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is unsurprised at the exit of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) from the trade union federation.  

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

sapsCaxton News Service reports that this past Friday the police and their various units, as well as the Metro police, launched a massive operation against illegal mining in Roodepoort.  

protestSABC News reports that fifty seven miners have staged an underground sit-in at Thusi Mining in Ermelo, Mpumalanga.  The miners have been underground for seven days and are demanding their salaries, which apparently have not been paid for three months.  

daThe New Age reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday said it had written to Parliament requesting that the leadership of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) should account for its role in the “jobs for cash” scandal.  

pikitupBDLive report that a battle over waste management company Pikitup is brewing between the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and new Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba.  

npa thumb100 ANA reports that the National Prosecuting Authority has indicated that the case against 19 murder-accused Marikana mineworkers was postponed on Monday.  

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

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 26 August 2016.

arcelormittalFin24 reports that ArcelorMittal has withdrawn a policy giving 100% preference to certain designated groups when making external appointments.  This came after trade union Solidarity threatened the steel giant with legal action in a cautionary letter.  

OakbaySABC News reports that Oakbay Investments has given the assurance that its employees will not be negatively affected by the Gupta family's decision to sell all its shareholdings in the country.