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.

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that on Thursday a 45 year-old man accused of first raping, and then forcing his domestic worker to perform sex acts with his dog abandoned his bail application in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court.  

employment thumb100 Business Times writes that SA’s jobs market is entering a new era in which it could absorb less labour than in the past - even if growth returns to the economy.  

farming thumb medium80 84Fin24 reports that the combined agricultural job cuts for the past three quarters of 2017 reached 109,000, of which about 84% were in the Western Cape.  

popcruNews24 reports that Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) president Zizamele Cebekhulu said on Saturday that if the proposal for a reconfigured alliance was not accepted by the ANC, they were going to rebel.  

er24TimesLive reports that a 38-year-old man sustained multiple injuries‚ including suspected back injuries‚ when he fell through a roof of a building and plummeted more than 10 metres to the ground in an industrial area in Vanderbijlpark on Thursday afternoon.  

amcu thumb medium80 81EWN reports that private investigator Paul O' Sullivan has asked anyone with information on the recent killings in and around Marikana on the platinum belt to come forward.  

anglogoldashantiEWN reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) has confirmed that all mineworkers who were trapped underground at the gold producer’s Mponeng operation near Carletonville on the West Rand have been brought to the surface.  

newsTimesLive reports that the Estate Agency Affairs Board revealed on Thursday that about 50,000 estate agents could be operating illegally in SA.  

earningsReuters reports that the Department of Labour said on Thursday that Cabinet had approved draft legislation to introduce a national minimum wage (NMW) of R20 per hour from May next year.  

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has completed a restructuring process at its Cooke gold and uranium shafts on the West Rand, cutting a total of 6,976 from its workforce including 1,350 employees who took voluntary separation packages.  

sabcEWN reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) staff affiliated to the Broadcast, Electronic Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) insist that their strike is legal and say that they’re prepared to fight their case in court.  

Solidarity2News24 reports that the Constitutional Court was on Thursday expected to hear a case brought by trade union Solidarity and the SA Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners' Association (Saripa) challenging the constitutionality of BEE and affirmative action.  

nehawu80Fin24 reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) was set to embark on a collision course with government on Thursday, as it readied itself to announce public sector wage demands in the double digits.  

earningsThe Citizen reports that Shoprite Holdings, the continent’s largest retailer, has made a surprising about-turn on executive remuneration.  

southafricalogoTimesLive reports that contracts worth R165-million were awarded to suppliers in which government employees‚ including political office bearers‚ had an interest.  

samwu thumb medium80 78TimesLive reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) says it is disgusted by the decision to increase the daily rate of Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers from R83.50 to just R88.00.  

sabcANA reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said on Wednesday that it was concerned by the looming workers’ strike after the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) declined to end the wage impasse.  

earningsFin24 reports that real disposable take-home pay shrank for the first time in seven months on a year-on-year (y/y) basis due to higher inflation in September 2017.  

PSiRATimesLive reports that on Monday morning police were called to the offices of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) in the Joburg city centre‚ after protesting security guards blocked the entrance.  

protestEWN reports that on Monday morning hundreds of vehicles were slowly making their way towards Cape Town en route to Green Point with the aim of bringing attention to farm murders.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that residents of eThekwini are experiencing ongoing utility billing bungles and electricity disconnections, because management at the city’s revenue department are allegedly not qualified to do their jobs.  

easterncape thumb100 ANA reports that Eastern Cape MEC for Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, is expected to visit the Magwa Tea Estate in Lusikisiki next month for the first harvest following four years of dormancy.  

satawu thumb medium90 101TimesLive reports that SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu)-affiliated security guards at Chubb Fire and Security SA were due to embark on a strike from Monday.  

picTerry Bell writes that it has begun to dawn on public sector trade unionists that a very large sum of money from their pension funds may already have been handed over to politically motivated investments under the guise of promoting Black Economic Empowerment (BEE).  

gigaba2Business Report writes that labour federation Cosatu has expressed its disappointment with Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), saying the mini-budget revealed a “leadership crisis and dearth of ideas in government”.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that on Friday the bail hearing in the Brits Magistrate’s Court of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) member accused of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition was postponed to 30 October for arguments and judgment.  

CapeTownlogoCape Times reports that according to City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, Brett Herron, the opposition to the City's plans to take over the management of passenger rail service in the province by some trade unions was premature.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Fin24 reports that platinum producer Lonmin has hit back at calls by the Mining Forum of SA (MFSA) and Bapo ba Mogale Investments (BBMI) to have its operating licence removed over non-compliance with its social and labour plan (SLP).  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the bail hearing on Friday in the Brits Magistrates’ Court of a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) member accused of attempted murder was postponed to 31 October for arguments and judgment.  

GeneralMotorsCity Press reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the effect of the pull-out by General Motors SA (GMSA) from South Africa was much more devastating than earlier expected, with close to a thousand workers affected.