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.

gunThe Citizen reports that the Mpumalanga government has decided to deploy armed guards at all provincial hospitals and public healthcare centres.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that uThukela Water & Sanitation Service workers who were striking due to a dispute went so far as to throw faeces at the uThukela Municipality offices on Wednesday.  

sapuEWN reports that the SA Policing Union (Sapu) says it no longer has confidence in National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole's leadership and it has called for a board of inquiry into his fitness to hold office.  

SA ExpressBusinessLive writes that the state-owned regional airline South African Express (SAX) is unlikely to recover from being grounded by the SA Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) and should be sold.  

eskomEWN reports that trade unions have rejected Eskom’s revised 5% wage increase offer made at renewed talks.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
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Wednesday, 27 June 2018.

Stats SABusinessLive writes that the increase in employment in the first three months of 2018 is unlikely to be sustained, mainly because of damped business confidence.  

southafricalogoBusiness Day’s Theto Mahlakoana writes that the office of the country’s labour registrar should be taken to task over the appalling state of trade unions in the country.  

Sibanye StillwaterIn Wednesday’s editorial, Business Day writes that 21 workers have already died at Sibanye-Stillwater’s mines only 178 days into the year, which is a staggering number.  

SaftuThe Citizen reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), which is country’s second biggest union federation, has demanded more civil servants. 

ShopriteANA reports that the Shoprite group said on Wednesday that striking National Transport Movement (NTM) workers were not its employees, but were employed by a service provider with which the group has a contract to render specific services.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that power utility Eskom has scooped two awards at the Most Attractive Employer Awards which were held on Monday in Johannesburg and hosted by Universum Global.  

sapsNews24 reports that national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole has condemned the killing of two police officers in separate incidents in three days in Gauteng.  

minerNews24 reports that two mining unions have called calling for amendments to mining safety legislation after yet another death at Sibanye-Stillwater operations.  

healthcareNews24 reports that the SA Society of Anesthesiologists warned on Tuesday that rolling out of the National Health Insurance Fund blindly would have severe consequences.  

free stateNews24 reports that the strike at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein has come to an end after nurses and hospital staff downed tools on Tuesday morning over staff shortages.  

newsMining Weekly reports that the South African units of Jindal Steel & Power filed for business rescue this month.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that a sharp rise in government jobs in the first quarter of 2018 managed to offset a drop in trade jobs from the December quarter.  

glencoreNews24 reports that eight people were shot and injured during a legal march, after a private security company fired rubber bullets at a group protesting outside a smelter in Marikana on Tuesday.  

Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that the chairperson of the portfolio committee on mineral resources on Tuesday called for strong action to be taken against Sibanye-Stillwater, including possibly suspending its operating licence.  

JMPDThe Star reports that the Alexandra Taxi Association has given the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) seven days to respond to its demands, or face a “formal strike”.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 26 June 2018.

limusaBusinessLive reports that arms manufacturer Denel is the latest state-owned company to head for a clash with its employees over wages after it offered wage increases of 3% to 3.8%.  

saa thumb medium95 76Business Report writes that Solidarity has not shelved its plans to have SA Airways (SAA) placed under business rescue, the trade union’s deputy chief operating officer, Werner Human, said on Monday.  

eskomANA reports that on Monday Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza said it might have been “tactically wrong” to start wage negotiations with unions representing employees at the power utility at zero per cent.  

Stats SAThe Citizen reports that Statistics SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter of 2018 (Q1: 2018) showed that, compared to the same period last year, employment increased by 165 000, or 1%, while unemployment declined by 234,000, or 3.8%.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that an employee has been killed in an accident at Sibanye-Stillwater's Khomanani mine, at its Driefontein operation.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that an industry expert has warned that the capped doctors’ fees to be imposed by the national health insurance (NHI) legislation could see a mass exodus of doctors from the system.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that the enormous exodus of senior staff at the SA Revenue Service (SARS) since 2014 will dominate the first leg of public hearings into the administration of the tax agency.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a Durban man, who allegedly set alight his father's employee, appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Friday and was released on R7,000 bail