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.

protestCape Times reports that a group of Cape Town minibus taxi owners with vehicles operating in Green Point, Sea Point and Hout Bay downed tools in protest at the decision to impound their vehicles this week.  

Solidarity2ANA reports that trade union Solidarity said on Thursday it was disappointed, though not surprised, by AngloGold Ashanti’s announcement that it would possibly sell Mponeng, its only remaining mine in SA, along with all its other mining assets.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that a two-week-long strike by the cleaning staff employed by a private company has turned Park Station, Johannesburg’s thriving transport and business hub, into a pigsty.  

strike thumb medium85 85SABC News reports that members of the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers’ Union (Csaawu) have embarked on a protected strike at the Oak Valley Farm in Elgin Valley, Western Cape.  

VantageGoldfieldsSowetanLive reports that former employees of the closed Lily Mine and other community members have been camping outside its gate demanding that the new owners reopen the mine and hire them.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive writes that the true costs of the five-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines was laid bare in its March quarter numbers, which also underlined the necessity of the restructuring of its gold assets that Sibanye was undertaking.  

Tiso BlackstarANA reports that the South African Typographical Union (Satu) on Thursday said it was “disappointed” by the process undertaken by Tiso Blackstar to cut jobs.  

anglogoldashantiBloomberg reports that AngloGold Ashanti indicated on Thursday that it was reviewing options to sell its South African business – including Mponeng, its last underground mine in the country – as the gold producer focuses on assets that generate higher returns.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that workers at the R68-million Noninzi Luzipho Primary School construction site in KwaNobuhle township, Uitenhage, are on strike over a training fund.  

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summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Tuesday, 7 May 2019.

groupfiveBloomberg reports that Group Five is preparing a sale of three of its biggest subsidiaries as the Johannesburg-based construction giant strives to salvage what it can from business rescue proceedings.  

numsaFin24 reports that Transpaco CEO Phillip Abelheim on Wednesday denied accusations made by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) that the company had forced workers to clock in on Election Day. 

joburgcityThe Citizen reports that City of Johannesburg building control officer (BCO) who irregularly granted provisional approval for a four- and six-storey student residence on Streatley Avenue in Auckland Park has been found guilty on all five charges and dismissed.  

newsThe Citizen reports that gay, lesbian, adoptive and straight parents will all receive equal parental leave benefits under Volvo SA’s new “gender-neutral” parental leave policy.  

Tiso BlackstarThe Star reports that Tiso Blackstar intends to close its Sunday World tabloid as revenue plummets and workers continue to strike.  

employment thumb100 Fin24 reports that the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with the Manchu group and MICT SETA, recently launched a three-month unemployed youth skills and enterprise development programme.  

SteinhoffFin24 reports that Steinhoff's former Chief Executive Officer Markus Jooste received almost $2.4m (roughly R34m at current exchange rates) of bonuses without required approvals in the months before the global retailer almost collapsed amid an accounting crisis.  

vavi1Mining Weekly reports that SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called for urgent social dialogue on SA’s “inevitable” energy transition from coal to renewable energy.  

labourcourtsTimesLIVE reports that the Labour Court has granted water authority Mhlathuze Water an interim interdict preventing its workers from protesting.  

newsFin24 reports that the Tiso Blackstar Group will be cutting jobs amid financial troubles, according to an internal email sent out by managing director Andrew Gill.  

harmonyIn a statement on Tuesday, Harmony Gold Mining advised that one of its employees had been fatally injured in a mining related accident earlier that day at the Bambanani mine in the Free State.  

durbanNews24 reports that according to eThekwini municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela, the two-week strike by the metro’s workers which brought the Durban CBD to a standstill last week has been resolved.  

implatsheadgear smlRapport writes that up to March this year, five mineworkers had died in the country’s mines against 14 in the corresponding period last year.  

busaEngineering News reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) on Monday urged all employers, including its members, to make it possible for employees to exercise their right to vote in the 2019 national election on Wednesday, 8 May.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that seventeen Marikana mineworkers facing a range of charges briefly appeared in the North West High Court, sitting in Mogwase, on Monday.  

iecThe Star reports that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) have averted strike action planned for Wednesday by IEC employees.  

durbanDaily News reports that the protest by workers in several eThekwini municipal departments entered its second week on Monday as bags of domestic refuse piled up on the sidewalks.  

nehawu80TimesLIVE reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has obtained a court interdict against the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) after the latter allegedly flouted a wage agreement and deducted money from employees' salaries.  

mildredoliphantANA reports that a Supported Employment Enterprise (SEE) factory that will hire 150 people with disabilities was opened in Limpopo last Monday by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant at Seshego Industrial Park.  

medicaldoctorSowetanLive reports that the North West department of health has beefed up Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp with 13 high-level specialists to provide patients with quality healthcare.