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.

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that in the past financial year, the Durban International Conference Centre has contributed to the employment of more than 11,000 workers directly and indirectly.  

Solidarity2News24 reports that trade union Solidarity expressed "grave concern" on Saturday over safety in South African mines following the recent deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane shaft in Driefontein.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilEWN reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has confirmed that a new wage offer has been put on the bargaining table in an attempt to end the national strike in the road passenger sector.  

Sibanye StillwaterNews24 reports that the death toll of miners killed at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane mine, after employees got trapped underground on Friday due to seismic activity, has risen to seven.  

northwestprovinceBusinessLive reports that on Friday protesters again blocked access to provincial hospitals in the North West, threatening to burn doctors who tried to access their workplaces to treat patients.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that the ongoing national bus strike will soon evolve into mass action as meetings on wage increases with employer associations have again ended in deadlocked.  

Sibanye StillwaterNews 24 reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has indicated that the death at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein operations following seismic events has risen to five.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that unions in the bus sector said on Friday they would soon embark on mass action across the country, accusing employers of refusing to engage meaningfully in wage talks to end a strike now in its third week.  

Sibanye StillwaterReuters reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater indicated on Friday that ten of 13 miners trapped underground at its Driefontein operations have been rescued, but four of the ten had died from their injuries.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that Standard Bank chief executive Sim Tshabalala’s total remuneration rose 9% to R48.50-million for the year to end of December, compared to the R44.58m he received in 2016.  

goldbarsFin24 reports that a lawyer representing gold mineworkers who contracted pulmonary diseases while working underground said it would be difficult to quantify the exact number of possible claimants to be covered in the R5bn settlement reached on Thursday.  

coalMiningmx reports that the lawyers who won a R5bn settlement for tens of thousands of former gold-mine workers with lung diseases have set their sights on coal companies.  

ilo thumb medium90 81BusinessLive reports that the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) Pretoria office has rejected a World Economic Forum (WEF) report that ranks SA as the worst-performing country when it comes to labour-employer relations.  

SanefSABC News reports that the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) joined journalists around the globe in celebrating World Press Freedom Day on Thursday.  The day is held to celebrate press freedom, evaluate its status and recommit to defending attacks on journalists.  

hospersaANA reports that the Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) on Wednesday criticised the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) department of health for the dismal health standards in the province’s public health facilities.  

seifsaBusinessLive writes that South Africans have reacted angrily to the imposition of blanket US import tariffs on steel and aluminium exports, which will become effective from 1 June 2018.  It is estimated at least 7,500 workers in these industries will lose their jobs.  

panafricanMining Weekly reports that gold mining group Pan African Resources (PAR) has confirmed the closure of its Evander 8 underground mine, in Mpumalanga, which will result in the retrenchment of 1,700 employees by the end of this month.  

handshake thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that gold miners in SA with silicosis or tuberculosis, or their dependents, will secure payments of between R70,000 and R500,000 from a trust fund set up by seven mining companies and lawyers for ill workers to settle the country’s largest class-action law suit.  

Sibanye StillwaterReuters reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater said on Thursday evening that five of 13 miners trapped underground in a shaft at its Driefontein operations had rescued, but one of the five had died.  

boardroomtableeNCA reports that commuters will continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing national bus strike after talks on Thursday between unions representing bus drivers and employers once again broke down.  

seifsaFin24 reports that the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) indicated on Wednesday that the decision by the US government not to exempt South African steel products from import duties would cost local exporters an estimated R3bn.  

protestNews24 reports that a doctor at Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp in the North West says he was infuriated after protesters stormed the hospital on Wednesday morning and forced staff out.  

boardroomtableNews24 reports that, with the national bus strike in its fifteenth day on Wednesday, there was fresh hope of a settlement as unions and employers agreed to meet again to try and break the deadlock.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilCape Times reports that the unions representing striking workers in the bus industry have requested the general secretary of the Road Passenger Bargaining Council to convene a meeting with employers on Thursday to try to settle the wage dispute.  

newsGroundUp writes that on Tuesday Cosatu held its main Workers’ Day event in Port Elizabeth and, with President Cyril Ramaphosa scheduled to speak, the pressure was on.  Though Cosatu pulled out all stops to draw the crowds, it only filled three-quarters of the 10,000-capacity stadium. 

southafricalogoAfro Voice reports that the government has stepped up efforts to regulate illegal mining by granting licences to over 4,000 zama zamas (illegal miners) in the Northern Cape.  But, some stakeholders have warned that criminal syndicates are likely to fight back.  

newsEWN reports that amid the national bus strike, drivers at the Thari Bus Service in the North West claim they have not been paid for the past month.  

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that three alleged soccer hooligans nabbed in the wake of a pitch invasion at the Moses Mabhida Stadium two weeks ago have signalled they are set to plead guilty.  

goldbarsReuters reports that according to a lawyer acting for nearly half a million miners who contracted fatal lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis in gold mines, an out-of-court settlement was expected to be signed on Thursday with those producers implicated in the issue.  

gautengEWN reports that the according to the Gauteng Department of Health, all services at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg would operate normally on Wednesday, following protests last week.