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.

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arcelormittalFin24 reports that ArcelorMittal has withdrawn a policy giving 100% preference to certain designated groups when making external appointments.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.  

BevSAANA reports that National Treasury on Monday confirmed that it will hold a stakeholder workshop in November to discuss the proposed tax on sugar sweetened beverages.  

strike thumb medium85 85Netwerk24 reports that striking workers at Robertson Winery (RW) have called on Danish consumers to boycott the company’s wines.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that a Free State EMS paramedic was allegedly assaulted by tow truck drivers on Saturday night in Bloemfontein.  

telkom thumb100 MyBroadband reports that Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko has written to striking workers inviting them to return to work, after which the company will immediately begin process any payments due to them.  

comBloomberg reports that SA’s biggest mining companies are opposed to a government proposal that 1% of their annual revenue be spent on developing communities associated with their operations.  

gavel thumb100 SABC News reports that the trial of 19 mineworkers appearing on different charges relating to the 2012 unrest in Marikana is expected to resume in the North West High Court on Monday morning.  

PSLSunday Independent reports that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has refused to answer questions on why the R5 million insurance payout to the late Orlando Pirates' skipper Senzo Meyiwa has yet to reach his beneficiaries.  

ELRCCape Argus reports that embattled South Peninsula High School principal Brian Isaacs is fighting a decision by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to suspend him six months ago.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that train users of Cape Town's northern line could be severely affected this week after a train caught alight at the Kraaifontein staging yard on Friday night.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 27 August and Sunday, 28 August 2016

sapsANA reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) says people should be aware of bogus website advertisements purporting to be from the SAPS and recruiting for the 2017 police traineeship programme and other vacancies.  

earningsIOL News writes that, with a Nedlac expert panel currently taking stock of the intricacies of a national minimum wage (NMW), questions have been raised on where job creation programmes such as the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and internships will fit in.  

numsaEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has congratulated the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) on what it called a historic decision to disaffiliate from labour federation Cosatu.  

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that a lecturer who took part in a scam to defraud students at the Sedco FET College in Carletonville of their registration fees has been sentenced to three years in prison.  

newsCaxton News Service reports that, after several attempts to have their salaries paid, the J&J Private School teachers are still trying to make ends meet, while Balmoral College educators have had to endure intense interrogations on who tipped off the media.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that workers at Fresenius Kabi pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Port Elizabeth downed tools on Tuesday, in protest against the use of a labour broker and planned retrenchments.  

telkom thumb100 MyBroadband reports that Telkom has increased its reward to R1 million for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of saboteurs targeting the telecom’s facilities and its infrastructure around the country.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 26 August 2016

statssaNews24Wire reports that South Africa won’t realise its demographic benefit if the job prospects for younger working-age people don’t improve, statistician general Pali Lehohla said on Thursday.  

goldbarsThe Citizen reports that driven by a desire to expose corruption and exploitation in the mining sector, two seasoned South African journalists spent almost a year researching and chronicling the lives of former mineworkers.  

healthcareEWN reports that experts have that warned that medical aid premiums are due for double-digit increases and further benefit cuts could be a reality next year.  

ABInBevBloomberg reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) expects to cut about 3% of its enlarged workforce in the three years after its takeover of SABMiller.