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.

hospersaeNCA reports that the Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) has threatened to pull its paramedic members off the roads.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that beleaguered Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana has been given seven days to explain why he should not be placed on precautionary suspension.  

NTAPretoria News writes that, while Wednesday’s taxi strike left thousands of commuters stranded, motorists furious and services in the City of Tshawane disrupted, the march itself was orderly and controlled as law enforcement officers and marshals kept taxi operators in check.  

Solidarity2The New Age reports that trade union Solidarity has threatened to down tools at platinum producer Lonmin, accusing the company of favouring the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

gunThe Citizen reports that a bus driver from A Re Yeng is recovering in a high-care unit after he was accosted and shot by unknown men while driving in Lusaka, Mamelodi.  

UguBusinessLive reports that a strike by workers in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district municipality ended on Monday, but water is still not available across much of popular tourist destinations on the South Coast.  

phiyegaThe Star reports that former national police commissioner Riah Phiyega is set to make a comeback as head of an anti-crime foundation linked to one of Cosatu’s biggest affiliates, Popcru.  

numEWN reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) plans a coal sector strike after wage negotiations with mining firms represented by the Chamber of Mines (COM) became deadlocked.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has cemented a three-year wage agreement with all three trade unions representing its workers at the Kroondal platinum-group metals operations.  

comBusinessLive reports that the first of two legal showdowns between the Chamber of Mines (COM) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) starts in the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday over the interpretation of clauses around ownership in the first two iterations of the Mining Charter.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Department of Labour will on Thursday begin its briefing sessions on the introduction of a national minimum wage (NMW) policy and proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA) with trade unions on Thursday.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that an eight-year-old boy died on Wednesday morning when an ambulance transporting him to the Red Cross Hospital was ambushed and the crew robbed.  

ICASANews24 reports that despite allegations of sexual harassment against him, former CEO of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), Pakamile Pongwana, received a ‘golden handshake’ of almost R1 million from the regulatory authority.  

netcare911News24 reports that a 29-year-old man died after falling from the fourth floor at a construction site in Umhlanga, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.  

minerReuters reports that the 2017 death toll in SA’s mines has already surpassed the 2016 figure, ending nine straight years of falling fatalities in the world’s deepest mines and raising red flags for the industry, government and labour groups.  

OldMutualCape Times reports that more people have come forward saying there is racist bullying at Old Mutual, following the newspaper’s recent article on the issue.  

nsriThe Mercury reports that that a female stevedore was rescued on Monday at the Port of Durban, after falling off a ship in the port.  

NedbankTimesLive reports that a former employee of Nedbank was arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a security guard in reception at the bank's head offices in Sandton.  

Solidarity2ANA reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the former head of news Simon Tebele have been refused leave to appeal a Labour Court ruling instructing them to personally pay for the legal costs involving the dismissal of the so-called SABC8.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that a member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), accused of the attempted murder of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) member, will know on Wednesday if his bail application bid has been successful.  

Zimbabwe flagTimesLive reports that thousands of Zimbabweans are having to queue for hours in a desperate race against time to retain their legal status in South Africa.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that at least 900 workers at global home-appliance manufacturer Whirlpool have downed tools in KwaZulu-Natal in support of their demand for housing.  

CidbEngineering News reports that monitoring and evaluation project manager at the Construction Industry Development Board (Cidb), Ntando Skosana, on Tuesday described the loss of 140,000 jobs in the local construction industry between the first and third quarters of this year as “disheartening”.  

sapsTimesLive reports that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday that the country would have a new national police commissioner by the end of November.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 7 November 2017.

NTAANA reports that taxi drivers blocked several roads and burned tyres early on Wednesday morning in Pretoria as the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) protests against the government commenced.  

miner thumb medium90 104BusinessLive reports that the number of fatalities in SA’s mining industry has increased for the first time in 10 years.  The Chamber of Mines has recorded the deaths of 76 mine workers who were killed in mine-related accidents between January and October 2017.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) member charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition appeared briefly in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.  

boardroomtableBloomberg writes that SA faces a stark choice in the forthcoming state wage negotiations, namely risk strikes by as many as 1.3m government workers or meet their pay demands and jeopardise its credit rating.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that after a failed attempt to force the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to increase workers’ salaries‚ the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) has re-lodged a dispute with the public broadcaster.