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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 5 March 2020.

ConCourtEngineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has approached the Constitutional Court to seek the reinstatement of 733 workers who were dismissed by Aveng Trident Steel.  

CCMASowetan reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has seen an increase in cases since the passing of the National Minimum Wage Act.  

fikilembalulaNews24Wire reports that the Department of Transport has budgeted a massive amount of money to get the problematic Cape Town central train line back on track.  

labourcourtsThe Star reports that Freddie Engelbrecht, Western Cape Correctional Services deputy commissioner, this week failed to prove to court that he was overlooked for promotion due to his race and his political position on affirmative action and employment equity policies.  

prasaGroundUp reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has failed to provide a security plan or a tender for new security contracts, as required by a court ruling made in November 2019.  

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that as the government and business rescue practitioners (BRPs) work out a plan to save the embattled South African Airways (SAA), trade unions have also been preparing to present alternative plans for rescuing the national carrier.  

daEWN reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) is looking at legal options to block the government from using pension funds to bail out Eskom.  

cwu thumb medium90 95The Citizen reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is back in the Labour Court over more job cuts in the telecommunications sector, this time in respect of one of Telkom’s wholly-owned subsidiaries.  

newsFin24 reports that contract workers at an Astron Energy refinery that supplies Caltex petrol stations say they have been locked out by the company for demanding more than the national minimum wage (NMW).  

cosatuBL Premium reports that Cosatu’s proposal that pension funds invest in Eskom to give it a way out of its debt trap, which is now under discussion with business and government, is taking on a more market-friendly form as discussions progress.  

southafricalogoGovernment representatives have recently proposed an adjustment to the public sector wage bill, sparking outrage from unions.  

woolworthsMoneyweb reports that new Woolworths Holdings CEO Roy Bagattini, who took the top job on 17 February, has been granted over 1.4 million shares under the group’s retention share plan (RSP).

autopaxlogoBusinessLive reports that employees of Autopax will get the balance of their salaries on Thursday after the operator received a R20.9m loan from its troubled parent company the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 4 March 2020.

southafricalogoReuters reports that public sector trade unions said on Tuesday that they would lodge a formal dispute if the government did not honour a three-year public sector wage deal.  That could lead to months of arbitration and culminate in a strike.  

exxaroMining Weekly reports that Exxaro Resources on Tuesday marked its yearly Sustainability Summit with a three-year fatality-free milestone.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA – previously called the Chamber of Mines) has published a new White Paper on Women in Mining to promote gender diversity and inclusion across mining operations.  

Stats SASowetanLive reports that a leading economist has warned that SA's slip into technical recession could have a huge impact on jobs security.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Pretoria News writes that the wave of sexual misconduct and abuse claims against deployed troops is a thorn in the side of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).  

JMPDThe Star reports that rookie Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) cops sent back to the police academy to be retrained are in limbo and sit around doing nothing all day.  

newsNews24 reports that a Cape Town-based model who was caught on a CCTV camera inappropriately touching a waitress at a local restaurant, has lost his representation at not one but two modelling agencies.  

eskomBL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that SA had entered a new era of energy generation and all options, including the sale of old Eskom power stations to private investors, should be looked at by the government.  

sasboThe Star reports that retail bank Capitec could soon be hit by a national strike over wages and other labour issues, with thousands of workers gearing themselves up for industrial action.  

newsThe Star reports that some Ellis Park Stadium workers are pushing for action to be taken against a senior manager they allege has been making them do maintenance work at his house and using bully tactics.  

NedbankBL Premium reports that Nedbank will be freezing executive salary increases as it seeks to cut costs and cope with a weak economy.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 3 March 2020.

petrolpumpBusinessLive reports that the agriculture sector, which is battling drought conditions and, more recently the global effects of the coronavirus outbreak, has welcomed a drop in fuel prices.  

earningsThe Citizen reports that in an effort to enforce compliance with the national minimum wage (NMW), employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi will on Thursday launch a new hotline that will allow workers to report cases of non-compliance with the NMW at no cost.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the newly-formed South African Police Allied Workers’ Union (Sapawu) warned on Tuesday that it would mobilise a mass protest should the government follow through on plans to slash the public sector wage bill by about R160-billion.