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 TimesLIVE reports that the 30-year-old Witbank teacher alleged to have locked a grade 1 learner in a strongroom at Blackhill Primary School and forgetting him there overnight is four months pregnant.  

gunANA reports that a police delegation met on Tuesday with the family of the metro police officer who was killed in a mass shooting in Durban on Monday.  

cell cBusiness Report writes that mobile network operator Cell C was in the spotlight after its head office in Johannesburg was shut down on Tuesday morning when staff protested over bonuses that were not paid.  

saceSowetanLive reports that a school teacher with a criminal record for murder was among those whose applications for a police clearance certificate was turned down.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLIVE reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has welcomed a decision by the Equality Court ordering a Springs family to pay a former worker R200,000 in damages after force-feeding him faeces.  

southafricalogoCity Press reports that the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has begun mooted plans to cut the public service wage bill starting in the new financial year in April.  

earningsGroundUp reported on Friday that community health care workers across Gauteng had, since the day before, been involved in shutting down contract signing centres.  

employment thumb100 Moneyweb reports that SA’s first fully-fledged smartphone factory is to open at Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ) north of Durban.  Pan-African investment conglomerate Mara Group plans to invest R1.5 billion into the project.  

ancNews24 reports that the ANC's national working committee (NWC) has decided that its spokesperson Pule Mabe and its acting spokesperson Zizi Kodwa should "step aside".  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that Premier employees at Blue Ribbon bread in Salt River have been on a protected strike since 28 November over wages and working conditions.  

cosatuBL Premium reports that Cosatu affiliates are bracing themselves for a tense central executive committee (CEC) meeting as more unions want to withdraw their support of the ANC in the upcoming general elections.  

south32BL Premium reports that a high wage bill and low productivity at South32’s Hillside aluminium smelter have led the diversified miner to start a retrenchment process that could affect up to 500 jobs.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 25 February 2019.

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) on Monday slammed what it called government attempts to blame the country’s financial woes on the public wage bill despite revelations during various inquiries of corrupt activities by senior officials.  

sacpIndependent News reports that the SA Communist Party (SACP) has vowed to mobilise trade unions, especially Cosatu, to ensure that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s intended unbundling of Eskom does not lead to job losses.  

jeffradebeANA writes that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Sunday that the assertion that Eskom was incurring losses as a result of the Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme was without foundation, misleading, and false.  

popcruNews24 reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has called for Bosasa employees working at Department of Correctional Services (DCS) facilities to be absorbed by the department.  

CanegrowersANA reports that the South African Canegrowers Association said on Monday it would be briefing Parliament's trade and industry portfolio committee on the crisis facing the sugar industry due to drought, falling prices and the impact of cheap imports.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that a North West mother was due to appear in the Mogwase Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly assaulting her son's teacher with an umbrella.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that the drive by the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) to change the systems, culture and productivity of the parliamentary research body has allegedly met with strong resistance by some staff members.  

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that Mpumalanga's education department confirmed on Sunday that a Witbank teacher who was suspended for allegedly locking a grade 1 learner in a strongroom overnight had been arrested.  

AGOTimesLIVE reports that the liquidator of controversial state contractor Bosasa (now known as African Global Operations - AGO) said on Friday he was unsure whether workers would be paid until the end of March, as claimed by a union representative.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that on Saturday unidentified men stormed into the Gupta-owned Gloria mine in Mpumalanga and attacked security officers on duty.  

employment thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that workers at African Global Operations (AGO), formerly known as Bosasa, have appealed to the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to employ them.  

handcuffsSunday Tribune reports that the police arrested at least eight people on Friday afternoon when union members and students protested outside the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 February 2019.

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that urgent applications lodged in court by 15 mining companies to prevent Thursday’s seven-day secondary mining strikes called by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) might stop the action before it starts.  

newsANA reports that rescue and body retrieval workers on Friday afternoon brought to the surface 13 more bodies of suspected copper cable thieves from the underground area at Gloria coal mine in Mpumalanga.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Miningmx reports that efforts by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to increase pressure on Sibanye-Stillwater through a seven-day campaign of secondary strikes suffered a setback over the weekend after it was advised by its lawyers to retract strike notices at a number of companies.  

MineralsCouncilSAReuters reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA - previously known as the Chamber of Mines) said on Friday that at least 15 mining firms had received notices of strikes to be held this week in support of industrial action at Sibanye-Stillwater, where workers are on strike over wages and job cuts.