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.

VantageGoldfieldsANA reports that Lily Gold Mine has approached the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for a loan as part of efforts to raise funds to resume the mission to retrieve the remains of three workers who were trapped underground in February 2016.  

blsa thumb medium70 98News24 reports that Business Leadership SA (BLSA) said on Thursday that the reinstatement of suspended Eskom executives Matshela Koko and Prish Govender "flies in the face of the rule of law".  

naptosa thumb medium70 99TimesLive reports that the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) has lauded the improvement in matric results‚ but also cautioned that it was not true that no-fee schools "outstripped" fee-paying schools in terms of performance.  

newsTimesLive reports that authorities evacuated farms within a three kilometre radius of a dangerous chemical spill at a company in the Cape Winelands on Thursday.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that cash- strapped Eskom is set to foot reinstated executive Matshela Koko’s legal costs, the state-owned power utility said on Wednesday.  

wsuniversity thumb100 eNCA reports that the Higher Education Transformation Network says it will be taking the Council for Higher Education (CHE) to court over the latter’s decision to de-accredit Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU’s) Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom’s acting head of group capital Prish Govender returned to work on Tuesday while the head of generation Matshela Koko is scheduled to do so on Monday next week.  

petrolpumpEWN reports that the Public Servants Association of SA (PSA) has welcomed the drop in petrol prices which kicked in on Tuesday (2 January) night at midnight.  

FidelitySowetanLive reports that two security guards were killed on Tuesday morning during an attempted cash-in-transit (CIT) robbery in Modderfontein‚ Johannesburg.  

numsaNews24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) claimed on Monday that joining its new workers' party should be every South African’s New Year's resolution for 2018.  

ambulanceeNCA reports that Gauteng Infrastructure and Development MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, has added his voice to those condemning the attack of emergency officials in Ekurhuleni.  

newsTimesLive reports on a social media post, which went viral after originally having been posted on 10 December, about how one motorist’s selfless act of ubuntu saved a petrol attendant from losing his job.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that police investigating killings in the North West platinum belt were reprimanded by a Brits Magistrate’s Court on Friday for shoddy investigations.  

newsSA Labour News wishes all readers a successful and productive year ahead in achievement of their labour relations objectives and aims.  We took a short break over the past holiday period, but are back at work and ready to report on labour-related news.

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reports that striking Shoprite and Checkers workers say if management does not respond to their grievances within seven days they will take further action.  

sapsNews24 reports a police officer was shot dead while a second was injured when they responded to a security alarm at the PE Ice Cream shop in Patterson Road, North End.  

NelsonMandelaUniversityBusinessLive reported earlier this week that tensions were running high at Nelson Mandela University (NMU) following eight months of fruitless salary negotiations between unions and management.  

newsTimesLive reports that the search for a missing 23-year-old commercial diver at Pier 104 in the Durban Harbour‚ ended in tragedy after his body was recovered on Thursday morning.  

medicaldoctorDaily Maverick reports that the National Department of Health (DoH) says all South African medical graduates have been placed in internship posts following national attention having been drawn to their plight in a social media campaign at the end of November.  

panafricanReuters reports that workers at Pan African Resource’s (PAR’s) flagship gold mine embarked on a wildcat strike on Sunday in a dispute over the living (living-out?) allowance, an industry source indicated on Thursday.  

WorkingOnFireNews24 reports that a Working on Fire (WoF) official is in a serious condition in Tygerberg hospital after a helicopter involved in a training exercise crashed in Bredasdorp, Western Cape, on Thursday afternoon.  

ShopriteFin24 reports that according to retailer Shoprite Checkers, it is prepared for some of its workers downing tools on Friday, one of the busiest shopping days before Christmas.  

saccawu thumb100 TimesLive reports that the SA Commercial‚ Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have announced a one-day nationwide strike by members at Shoprite Checkers on Friday (22 December 2017).  

minerBusinessLive reports that a settlement estimated at about R5bn is expected to be concluded early in 2018 by six mining companies following a class action brought by mine workers suffering from silicosis and occupational tuberculosis.  

southafricalogoThe Department of Labour has announced that in terms of a government gazette published on 15 December 2017, new minimum wages for domestic workers and for contract cleaning workers will come into effect from 1 January 2018.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that after Cyril Ramaphosa became ANC president on Monday evening, trade union federation Cosatu warned the new leadership of the ANC that Cosatu’s support was “not a blank cheque”.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that Tshwane executive mayor Solly Msimanga on Monday oversaw a transparent and fair lottery process for the recruitment of 3,232 workers into the city’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).  

sabcEWN reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) expects all of its striking workers to return to their posts on Tuesday after it reached a wage agreement with the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  

er24ANA reports that three people were killed and eight others were injured, some seriously, when a minibus tax plunged off the Hendrik Potgieter bridge in Constantia Kloof in Johannesburg and ended up on its roof in the early hours of Sunday morning.  

earningsCity Press writes that the long-awaited National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill has major holes that could undermine the purpose of a new universal wage floor.