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.

nedlacBDLive reports that providing unemployment cover for people who resign and have no alternative employment and those who work in the informal sector, as recommended by Nedlac, would be fraught with problems.  

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the Cosatu-affiliated SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has accepted the outcome of the local government elections and the resultant coalitions.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90News24 reports that according to Sue Vey, Lonmin spokesperson, miners at the platinum producer’s mine in Marikana do not want houses; they want to live in informal settlements.  

telkom thumb100 ITWeb reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has denied Telkom's claims that its members intimidated and threatened non-striking workers outside its campus in Centurion on Monday.  

kznlogo thumb100 BDLive writes about fears that municipal mergers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will lead to large-scale job losses, demotions or loss of prestige and about the efforts of the provincial government to allay those concerns.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Times Live reports that the National Petroleum Employers' Association (NPEA) and the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers' Union (Ceppwawu) have entered into an agreement‚ ending the petroleum sector strike.  

BevSABDLive reports that the Beverage Association of SA (BevSA) has warned that up to 70,000 jobs in the industry could be lost if the Treasury’s mooted tax on sugar-sweetened drinks were to be implemented in its current form.  

newsSABC News reports that there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel for the Lily Gold Mine workers who lost their jobs after a massive shaft collapse in February.  After not receiving pay for three months, workers have finally received money from their provident fund.  

protestHeraldLive reports that the EFF joined protesting Aspen Pharmacare workers on Tuesday at the Port Elizabeth plant because they fear the ongoing strike could affect the supply of antiretrovirals (ARVs).  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 16 August 2016

newsBDLive reports that a racism defamation lawsuit against Media24 and former City Press editor Ferial Haffajee has been settled, according to Media24’s lawyer.  

newsTMG Digital reports that the National Petroleum Employers' Association (NPEA) has been invited to sign an agreement with workers to end the petrol industry strike‚ which is now in its third week.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 15 August 2016.

mtnTMG Digital reports that workers at telecoms giant MTN will no longer embark on a mass protest action on Wednesday.  Communication Workers Union (CWU) general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala said the strike had been put on hold amid talks between the union and MTN management.  

ambulanceTimesLive reports that paramedics working in some of the most violent areas get danger pay of only R300 a month.  This is despite attacks increasing to such a degree that they enter areas classified as "red zones" only with a police escort.  

newsThe Citizen reports that according to Anglican Bishop Johannes Seoka, August 16 must be declared a public holiday in honour of the 34 mineworkers killed by police during labour unrest in Marikana four years ago.  

denosa thumb medium60 92Daily News reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has threatened to withdraw nurses who are its members from areas where their safety is no longer guaranteed.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that the Western Cape government has launched Operation Khuseleka (Stay safe), a safety initiative aimed at protecting vulnerable staff following a spate of attacks on paramedics in Cape Town.  

ceppwawuEWN reports that the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) says talks at the CCMA will continue on Tuesday in the hopes of reaching a deal that will bring an end to the ongoing strike in the petroleum sector.  

marikanacommission thumb100 Franny Rabkin writes that on Tuesday it is four years since the Marikana massacre and yet not one person has been prosecuted or even fired for it.  

graduate thumb100 Universities have raised concerns over possible retrenchments should there be no fee increase for 2017, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Monday.  

sapsTMG Digital reports that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has launched a task team that will look into ways of improving various operations of the SA Police Service (SAPS).  

VantageGoldfieldsThe Star writes about how the families of the three mineworkers who were trapped underground at Lily Mine in February are bearing up.  Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyerende were working in a lamp room container when it fell into an immense sinkhole as a result of a shaft collapse.  

mtnFin24 reports that the outcome of a meeting between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the management of MTN on Tuesday could decide whether or not strike action commences.  

gautrainEWN reports that Gautrain workers affiliated to the United National Transport Union (Untu) are threatening to strike if their employer, concessionary Bombela, won’t compromise on salary increases.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that from next year junior doctors in the Western Cape will no longer be required to work 30-hour shifts in order to be accredited.  

gunCaxton News Service reports that a bus driver died after he was shot in Pietermaritzburg while transporting about 50 people on Monday night.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 15 August 2016

protestBloomberg and TMG Digital report that the Mangosuthu University of Technology and the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) were closed on Monday as a result of student protests.  

telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that Telkom on Monday afternoon secured an urgent interim court order interdicting and restraining CWU and its members from a number of illegal activities associated with the union’s current strike.