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.

newsThe Mercury reports that Barloworld Transport recently celebrated the official launch of its Transport Academy at its subsidiary Manline’s Pietermaritzburg headquarters.  

transnet thumb100 Reuters reports that Swiss engineering group ABB will supply its first batch of traction transformer units for 240 Bombardier electric locomotives, the company said on Wednesday after opening a production plant in SA.  

protestANA reports that a truck was set alight by protesters in Bapong near Brits, North West police said on Wednesday.  

popcruCape Argus reports that after prisoners attacked five correctional service officials with a lock as part of a gang initiation ritual, their union said it was an attack waiting to happen.  

petrosaTimesLive writes that the board of troubled state-owned oil company PetroSA has asked its holding company‚ the Central Energy Fund (CEF)‚ to place it under business rescue‚ raising questions over its status as a going concern.  

zumaFin24 reports that responding to a question at an impromptu media briefing at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Durban on Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma said he didn’t feel rejected by the working class after he was jeered off the stage at a rally on Monday.  

joburgcityNews24 reports that, despite resistance to the decision to cancel the Jozi@Work youth employment programme, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba maintains the project only served a select few.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu said on Wednesday that the cancellation of speeches at the union federation’s May Day rally on Monday in the Free State reflected the anger of workers towards the ANC-led government and factionalism within the alliance.  

sadtu90BusinessLive reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) continues to block the implementation of principal-performance agreements across the country.  

ramaphosaNews24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday publicly voiced its support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to become the next president of the country.  

parliamentNews24 reports that the chairperson of the TVET colleges governors' council told MPs on Wednesday it was a miracle that some TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) colleges were still open given their lack of funding.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that the Labour Court has granted South African Airways (SAA) a final order interdicting the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) and its members from embarking on industrial action and declaring last week’s industrial action an unprotected strike.  

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 2 May 2017.

amnestyinternationalTimesLive writes that press freedom is being increasingly compromised in southern Africa‚ where journalists and media owners are being targeted for exposing the truth.  

zumaThe Star reports that Cosatu affiliates have warned the ANC not to even think about deploying President Jacob Zuma to address or attend the labour federation’s important mid-term meeting scheduled for later this month.  

ancTMG Digital/BusinessLive report that the ANC has accused those who prevented President Jacob Zuma from speaking at Cosatu’s main Workers’ Day rally on Monday of reducing the significance of the day by their "unacceptable behaviour".  

solidariteitBusinessTech reports that Solidarity and AfriForum have challenged the SA Rugby Union (SARU), Cricket SA (CSA), Athletics SA (ASA) and Netball SA (NSA) to defend their agreed racial quotas relating to team selection before the Labour Court.  

parliamentThe Citizen reports that the ANC in Parliament on Tuesday tried its best to assure the public that President Jacob Zuma having been heckled, shunned and booed away from addressing Cosatu’s workers’ rally in Bloemfontein on Monday was “healthy”.  

southafricalogoTimesLive reports that disciplinary hearing for the second Nkandla "fall guy” in Durban on Wednesday morning was postponed after only six minutes.  

groupfiveBusiness Report writes that listed construction company Group Five is going through a restructuring process and is set to retrench.  

SaftuDaily News reports that the newly formed South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is exploring the possibility of forming a new political party, which would participate in future elections on behalf of workers.  

comDavid McKay reports that discussions regarding how wage talks will be held in SA’s coal industry remain deadlocked, raising the risk that unions might embark on a national strike.  

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that integrated facilities management firm Servest is confident it can double its workforce of 4,500 in Cape Town within the next three years.  This was indicated by CE Steve Wallbanks on Tuesday at the launch of the firm’s new head office in Ndabeni, Cape Town.  

gunThe Citizen reports that a truck driver was shot and killed by three men pretending to be hitchhikers in the Mfekayi area of KwaZulu-Natal.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) is expected to go to court on Wednesday to seek the immediate resumption of industrial action at SA Airways (SAA).  

petrosaBusiness Report writes that Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has lashed out at the executives of PetroSA for paying themselves millions of rands in bonuses after the entity had suffered a financial loss of R14.5-billion.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 2 May 2017

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 28 April 2017.

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) indicated that it was hoping to meet with SA Airways (SAA) on Tuesday to resolve their labour dispute.  

SaftueNCA reports that Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), used Monday's May Day rally to pay tribute to the country's miners.  Numsa joined forces with the newly formed SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) to mark this year's Workers' Day in Durban.