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.

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, points out that more than 22,000 mining employees presently have a so-called section 189 retrenchment notice in their hands.  

uberTimesLive reports that Sandton city streets resembled a war zone on Thursday evening as Uber taxi drivers embarked on a rampage.  

sabcNews24 reports that the Johannesburg Labour Court has found that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former head of news Simon Tebele and the SABC must each pay a portion of the legal costs for the wrongful dismissals of the so-called SABC8.  

angloamerican fullANA reports that an Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) employee has died from his injuries after suffering chemical burns in an accident at the company’s Precious Metals Refinery (PMR) in Rustenburg.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that more than 8‚000 jobs are on the line at state-owned rail company Transnet‚ where management is believed to be mooting a second round of retrenchments this year.  

ambulanceCape Times reports that the lives of those living in the most dangerous areas in Cape Town are at risk because it takes an average of two hours for paramedics to reach a patient in an emergency situation in a “red zone” community.  

sabcANA reports that the Labour Court on Wednesday heard that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting CEO Jimmy Matthews was responsible for the sacking of eight journalists in July 2016.  

healthcareNews24 reports that a parliamentary committee says the high vacancy rate at the troubled Addington Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has negatively impacted healthcare in the province.  

uctCape Times reports that according to University of Cape Town (UCT) workers and student activists they had no choice but to withdraw their planned strike over labour issues, after the university applied for a court interdict over two technicalities.  

psaThe New Age reports that the Public Servants Association of SA (PSA) on Tuesday said it has been lobbying a number of stakeholders, including Fedusa-aligned unions and Cosatu, ahead of wage talks at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).  

newsBusinessLive reports that on Wednesday, the High Court in Pretoria heard an application brought by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) against the longstanding CEO of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa), Phumzile Tshelane.  

farming thumb medium80 84ANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Union (Saftu) said on Tuesday that at least 123 farmworkers were on strike in Ventersdorp, in the North West, over union recognition and wages.  

southafricalogoBusiness Report writes that labour federations have called on the National Treasury to revisit submissions and engage meaningfully on the contentious sugar tax now that its implementation has been deferred.  

protestBusiness Report writes that next round of protests by the taxi industry will target vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Works (BAW), Sasol in Secunda and the Fourways Mall.  Further companies may be added to the list of targets.  

transhexBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on diamond mining company Trans Hex to surrender its mining licence amid its plan to retrench 332 employees at its ageing and loss-making Baken Mine in the Northern Cape.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) says it is not biased in its issuing of section 77 certificates, which protect workers embarking on socioeconomic protests.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 6 September 2017.

parliamentANA reports that Parliament’s Select Committee on Economic and Business Development on Tuesday said it was shocked and angered by claims that a farmer gave his workers “rotten meat” while feeding his caged lions with fresh chunks.  

ZululandUniversityThe Citizen reports that a former education lecturer at the University of Zululand (Unizulu) has opened criminal charges against the vice-chancellor, Prof Xoliswa Mtose, for tender rigging, contravention of the university’s supply-chain policy, fraud, irregular and wasteful expenditure, violating the higher education act and misrepresenting her CV.  

education90Cape Times reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has indicated its support for the government’s decision to appoint an “unqualified” person as Klipspruit West Secondary School’s principal despite the community objections.  

Busa2Business Report reports that Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) has congratulated South African Breweries’ (SAB's) entrepreneurship campaign aimed at enabling SA entrepreneurs to create 10,000 jobs by 2021.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng was expected to appear in the Johannesburg Labour Court on Wednesday to argue why he should not be held personally liable for the legal costs relating to the dismissals of the so-called ‘SABC8’ journalists.  

uctCape Times reports that a shutdown at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is planned for Wednesday and it has been reported that labour issues are the “driving force” behind this.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 4 September 2017.

joburgcityThe Citizen reports that a row has erupted between City of Johannesburg employees, most of them members of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the DA-led administration, over an alleged unilateral decision to dock their salaries.  

kusasalethuThe Star reports that the memorial service on Monday for five Kusasalethu mineworkers for a while degenerated into chaos as members of opposing unions exchanged insults and sang songs that disrupted speakers.  

mosebenzizwaneANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has instructed that no stone should be left unturned in getting to the cause of the accident which claimed the lives of five mineworkers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine last week.  

handcuffsCaxton News Service reports that a well-known Brits businessman, Johan Kirchner, and his accomplice have been arrested in connection with illegal mining.  

kusasalethuSABC News reports that families of the five mineworkers who died recently at the Kusasalethu mine want answers from Harmony Gold management.  The miners were trapped following a seismic event which caused a rock fall. 

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The New Age reports that an average of 10% of teachers are absent daily at most South African public schools, which means that at a 40-classroom school, four classrooms remain unsupervised or other teachers have to step in.