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.

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the government is to develop a remuneration strategy in all its three spheres and in public entities to help provinces and national departments cope with the added financial burden of footing public servants’ wage increases.  

handcuffsSowetanLive writes that the family member of an Ekurhuleni car guard who was reportedly killed by a motorist have expressed shock and distress at his death.  

pandorThe Citizen reports that Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor said on Monday that colleges should equip students with skills required by industry through changing the nature of tuition programmes offered so as to close the gap between education and workplace.  

Solidarity2Engineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday announced that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) had approved its application to undertake a lawful strike against the exclusion of white employees from employee share ownership plans.  

Stats SAEngineering News reports that the official unemployment rate increased to 27.5% during the third quarter, compared with 27.2% in the second quarter and 26.7% in the first quarter.  This translated to 6.2m unemployed people.  

Sharks BoardDaily News reports that a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Sharks Board employee had to be airlifted to hospital after he began experiencing chest pains whilst out at sea on Monday.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that suspended SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane has made a submission to President Cyril Ramaphosa on why he should not be removed from his post.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that one hundred members of the new Rail Enforcement Unit began their maiden voyage at Cape Town train station on Monday.  

newseNCA reports that members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday gathered outside the Civitas building in Pretoria, refusing to enter for work.  

sabcFin24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and labour unions have agreed to appoint a facilitator from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in respect of its restructuring exercise, which could affect 981 jobs.  

coalEngineering News reports that the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Black Business Council (BBC) have called for amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Engineering News reports that train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual safety report showed.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90GroundUp reports on the application of the Mining Forum of SA (MFSA) to the North West High Court to have the mining licences suspended of Lonmin, as well as Eastern Platinum and Western Platinum (both controlled by Lonmin).  

education90BusinessLive reports that a top European Union (EU) official has expressed great concern about the mismatch between SA’s education system and the skills required for the job market.  

eskomIOL News reports that senior Eskom officials, former executives and former board members might face criminal prosecution after Parliament approved recommendations that they be prosecuted for corruption.  

durbanDaily News reports that angry Expanded Public Works Programme (EPW) workers stormed the Durban City Hall offices on Monday, demanding to talk to city treasurer Krish Kumar.  

Stats SABusiness Report writes that economists believe this week’s unemployment data will remain stubbornly high amidst weak economic growth.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that the long-awaited City Rail Enforcement Unit was finally deployed on Cape Town’s rail network on Monday morning following a number of delays.  

employment thumb100 Rhodes University academic Professor Owen Skae writes that the recent Jobs Summit, anchored by President Cyril Ramaphosa, promised a lot but delivered very little substance.  

retirementBusinessLive reports that according to the 2018 Mercer Melbourne Global Pension Index, SA’s pensioners on average received the lowest income of all countries that have a functioning pension system.  

cosatuTimesLive reports that Cosatu in Gauteng will embark on a stayaway on Friday to protest against e-tolls and will deliver a memorandum to President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria.  

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transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that Transnet will be suing its axed CEO Siyabonga Gama for R166m, which the state-owned utility says was an overpayment made to Gupta-linked Regiments Capital.  

southafricalogoSunday Independent writes that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s position on the hefty public sector wage bill straining the fiscus has sparked debate about cutting government expenditure.  

ConCourtThe Citizen reports that the organisation ‘Lawyers for Human Rights’ has welcomed a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruling that a mining right does not supersede the rights of land occupiers as exactly the milestone that mining communities need.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90ANA reports that the North West High Court on Friday reserved judgment in a case involving Lonmin’s mining licence.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Fin24 reports that Transnet is continuing with its disciplinary action against former Group Treasurer Phetolo Ramosebudi, despite his resignation.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that creditors of Mpumalanga’s Lily and Barbrook mines have started a fresh bid to liquidate the mines, after doubts that a R22m promised loan payment would materialise.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the Independent Media group has confirmed that it is restructuring, but has not said how many jobs would be affected.  

prasaNews24 reports that addressing vandalism on trains was "beyond our call of duty", Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) spokesperson Nana Zenani said on Thursday.