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.

fawuNetwerk24 reports that Parmalat SA (PSA) implemented a lock-out of members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) after several employees went on strike last week at the company’s Bonnievale plant.  

sasolReuters reports that trade union Solidarity has been given a mandate by senior members to strike at energy giant Sasol over its plan to launch a share ownership scheme exclusively to black staff.  

gavel thumb100 Sowetan reports that the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on Tuesday interdicted illegal strikers in Giyani from polluting and closing water pumps.  

protestTimeslive reports that dozens of grooms, wielding sticks‚ knobkerries and sjamboks, protested outside the Summerveld horse training centre‚ west of Durban‚ demanding an increase in their hourly wage.  

samwu thumb medium80 78The Citizen reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has refused to sign a wage agreement that it said would put its members in a disadvantaged position in the light of the current economic constraints marked by VAT and fuel increases.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilBusinessLive reports that five bus companies, including Golden Arrow and Putco, have applied to be exempted from complying with the recently signed bus sector wage agreement, citing financial difficulties.  

newsBusinessLive reports that legislative amendments are in the pipeline to enforce compliance with the employment equity law and to provide incentives for employers who fulfil their obligations.  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that four South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members died in a crash on the N3 northbound in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Sunday afternoon.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 3 July 2018.

southafricalogoMoneyweb reports that an effort by Murray & Roberts (M&R) and other ‘protagonists’ to prevent cross-examination of witnesses in the Department of Labour’s inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston bridge structure in October 2015 failed on Monday.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane has appealed directly to President Cyril Ramaphosa to halt one of two inquiries into tax administration and his alleged misconduct — or face urgent legal action.  

cosatuSowetanLive reports that labour federation Cosatu was owed R45-million in affiliation fees by various unions at the 2017 financial year end.  This was due to infighting in the unions and difficulty in collecting membership fees.  

uberTimeslive reports that Uber and Taxify operators on Tuesday vowed to shut down the app-based e-hailing operations in Johannesburg.  

labourcourtsANA reports that an application by Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu to interdict striking SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) employees was due to be heard at Johannesburg's labour court on Tuesday.  

petrolpumpANA reports that Cosatu said on Monday that poor households would be hardest hit by yet another increase in the price of fuel.  

EsorBusiness Report writes that listed civil engineering and construction group Esor has commenced a process to retrench about 33% in the wake of serious financial and liquidity problems.  

sassaPretoria News reports that the ongoing strike over wages by SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) employees was far from over, Public Service Association (PSA) Tshwane provincial manager Olivia Mashigo warned on Monday.  

sactwuANA reports that the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) said on Monday that a strike was looming in the footwear manufacturing sector over a wage increase dispute.  

popcruThe Citizen reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) on Monday launched the start of two-week long countrywide lunchtime pickets at selected criminal justice cluster buildings.  

newsBusinessLive reports that less than half of millennials are saving for retirement through pension or provident funds, with shifting perceptions by younger investors offering both opportunities and difficulties for financial services companies.  

Sibanye StillwaterNews24 reports that Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, said on Monday that he was "deeply saddened and traumatised" to have lost so many mineworkers at the precious metals producer’s operations.  

GEPFEWN reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) has warned its members of bogus agents who were charging a fee to assist them to claim outstanding funds.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a popular shop steward employed by the eThekwini municipality was sent to jail for 20 years on Monday for murdering a colleague who was to testify against him at a disciplinary hearing.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 2 July 2018.

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that the number of people currently behind bars or awaiting trial for Metrorail-related crimes in Cape Town now exceeds a hundred.  Metrorail believes it is slowly but surely starting to win the war against criminals.  

effEWN reports that according to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), it is in the process of drafting legislation to end the outsourcing of all government workers at local, provincial and national level.  

southafricalogoSunday Tribune reports that Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has admitted there were flaws in eThekwini’s recruitment of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) participants after allegations of corruption emerged.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilCape Argus reports that another bus strike could be on the cards if requests are granted for several bus companies to be exempted from the recent wage deal that brought an end to the protracted bus drivers’ wage strike.  

buffalocitymetroDispatchLive reports that a planned R300-million factory that will use ingceke (clay) to make tiles is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs when it opens in the 2018-19 financial year in Buffalo City Metro.  

eskomSowetan writes that it’s a make-or-break week for power utility Eskom with its unions having taken back to their members the power utility’s latest wage offer of 6.2% at the weekend.