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.

ehrenreichAfroVoice reports that Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) veteran Tony Ehrenreich has ruled out joining the ranks of rival trade union federation the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

newsNetwerk24 reports that the Riverside citrus warehouse near Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape has been burnt to the ground.  

sabcANA reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has issued a terse statement in which it said it “would like to put the record straight on the matter concerning the employees who were relieved of their duties”.  

DRDGoldBusinessLive reports that DRDGold declined to be party to last week’s R5bn out-of-court settlement jointly with six other mining companies to compensate gold mineworkers affected by lung ailments.  This will open the smaller gold producer to a prolonged court battle alone.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive reports that an additional 500 jobs will be created by Aspen Pharmacare’s new R1bn facility in Port Elizabeth, where the pharmaceutical manufacturer will produce specialised products for chronic conditions.  

newsThe Citizen writes that, after reports emerged on Monday that ANC MP and former deputy minister Mduduzi Manana was embroiled in yet another allegation of woman abuse, he released a statement about the matter.  

unisaNews24 reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will continue with the second leg of its hearings into allegations of unfair discrimination, racism, sexism and harassment at the University of South Africa (Unisa) from Tuesday.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament's Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources has called for "harsher consequences" for a Sibanye-Stillwater mine if it could be found to have neglected measures to avert fatalities and loss of life prior to the deadly seismic events that occurred there last week.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Monday held a provincial shop stewards council in the North West to assess a two-month-long strike called to demand that the head of the provincial health department should step down.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 7 May 2018.

SARSBusinessLive reports that the charge sheet presented to suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane indicates that he actively impeded the investigation into unusual and suspicious transactions in the bank account of his second in charge.  

amcu thumb medium80 81EWN reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has demanded the closure of the Masakhane shaft at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein operations where seven workers died last week after seismic events.  

strike thumb medium85 85Afro Voice reports that, as the strike at Luxor Paints in Boksburg, Gauteng, enters its tenth week, workers said that the company had issued them with a court interdict based on accusations of violence on their part.  

sabcCity Press reports that the department that collects licence fees at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been severely impacted after 26 staff members received notice that they had apparently been fired on Wednesday.  

healthcareCity Press reports that distressed and disillusioned doctors in the North West have called the province’s current crisis in healthcare a silent killer.  

prasaTimeslive reports that around 150 cleaners and security guards on Monday occupied the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) offices at Park Station in Johannesburg‚ calling for an end to outsourcing and for better salaries.  

sapsANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday that a reply to a parliamentary question showed that National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole was seemingly promoting individuals to "bloat" his office at a rapid rate.  

satawu thumb medium90 101ANA reports that bus commuters will have to find alternative transport until at least Wednesday when the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) will announce whether striking drivers have accepted an improved salary offer.  

Sibanye StillwaterTimeslive reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater said on Monday that a memorial service would be held on Thursday at the mine where seven workers died last week.  

medicaldoctorSunday Tribune reports that after 22 years, the national Department of Health (DOH) has taken a decision to downsize its Cuba-South Africa doctor training programme.  

numNews24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Sunday said it would engage the management of Sibanye-Stillwater following the recent deadly incidents at its mines, which have pushed the national toll to 31 fatalities so far this year.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see summaries of our
selection of South African labour-related stories
that appeared since Friday, 4 May 2018.

coalMining Weekly reports that the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission and Richard Spoor Attorneys say coal miners are the next in line to seek compensation for occupational lung diseases.  

comMiningmx reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA (COM) has expressed regret about the number of seismicity-related incidents this year on SA’s gold mines, the latest of which at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine claimed seven lives.  

sancoANA reports that the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Sunday expressed the hope that a new wage offer made in the road passenger bargaining council would break the stalemate and end the countrywide bus strike.  

newsBusinessLive reports that, as winter cereal planting gets under way, early indications are that SA is on track for moderate food-price inflation and strong agricultural exports.  

amcu thumb medium80 81News24 reports that according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), mine safety has become a human rights issue and legislation should be strengthened to hold mining bosses criminally accountable for failures to ensure safety at operations.  

SARSANA reports that suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane will be facing disciplinary charges, President Cyril Ramaphosa's office said on Friday.  

ehrenreichMail & Guardian reports that Tony Ehrenreich, Western Cape secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), has informally met senior leaders of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and could soon join Saftu.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Bloomberg reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) wants Steinhoff International Holdings NV acting CEO Danie van der Merwe to resign after it emerged he borrowed R26.4m backed by company shares a week before the stock collapsed due to accounting irregularities.