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.

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.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that bus companies say that if they agree to the demands of striking workers, they might have to increase their fares.  Bus drivers have been in a three-week-long strike over salary increases.  

numsaBusinessLive writes that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first Workers’ Day address on Tuesday was overshadowed by talk of a reunion between labour federation Cosatu and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

Sibanye StillwaterFin24 reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater, which is in the process of buying out Lonmin, has vowed to do things differently when it finally takes over the company, although it won’t take responsibility for the Marikana massacre.  

ramaphosaANA reports that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for equal pay for men and women in SA.  He was speaking at a Cosatu May Day rally held at a packed Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, where he was warmly received by the crowds.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that according to two senior ANC NEC members, labour federation Cosatu should reconsider its stance on the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

newsNews24 reports that as the country commemorated Workers' Day on Tuesday, political parties, trade unions and Parliament said more still needed to be done for SA’s working class.  Rallies were held across the country in celebration of the country's workers.  

vavi1News24 reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says Workers' Day is an occasion not only to celebrate workers' victories, but also to remember those who died in one of the most horrific accidents in the country's history.  

bladenzimandeBusinessLive reports that SA Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade has described criticism of the national minimum wage (NMW) rate of R20 per hour as an "opportunistic reaction".  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that South African Airways (SAA) needs R5 billion immediately, which is in addition to the R10 billion it got from the fiscus in the previous financial year to restore its status as a going concern.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Tuesday threatened a national shutdown should bus companies not heed striking workers’ demands by the end of the week.  

ramaphosaNews24 reports that the jubilant screams and cheers for ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa at Cosatu’s May Day rally were a stark contrast to last year’s heckling of then president Jacob Zuma.  

newsFin24 reports that the United States has not granted South Africa an exemption on its increased steel and aluminium tariffs, after the department of trade and industry (DTI) made two written representations to the US government on the matter.  

amcu thumb medium80 81News24 reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) did not commemorate Workers' Day this year.  

sidumodlaminiBusinessLive reports that hundreds of workers at Cosatu’s main May Day rally gathering in Port Elizabeth staged a walk out as the labour federation’s President S’dumo Dlamini delivered a keynote address.  

strike thumb medium85 85Timeslive and eNCA report that as the national bus strike enters its second week, bus commuters will have to continue making alternative transport arrangements.  

numsaTimeslive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Transform RSA find themselves with R1.5m debt after an application to stop the signing of the agreement between the minister of energy and 27 independent power producers (IPPs) was dismissed with costs.  

newsBusinessLive reports that labour federations have again called on the government to prioritise the development of solutions to the country’s unemployment, inequality, poverty and corruption problems.  

er24ANA reports that a bus driver was critically injured when his bus crashed into the back of a truck on the N1 after the Allandale off-ramp in Midrand on Sunday morning. 

protestANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday that the disruptive actions of striking workers at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital were unacceptable and needed to be dealt with decisively.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) of R20 per hour or R3,500 a month, saying it was a victory for workers.  

strike thumb medium85 85Fin24 reports that unions representing workers in the bus strike say that they have made compromises on their demands while employers have remained inflexible.  

ramaphosa2Bloomberg writes that a standoff between the government and unions representing its 1.3 million workers over pay increases puts President Cyril Ramaphosa in a jam.  

bladenzimandeEWN reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande is set to meet with unions involved in the bus drivers' strike on Thursday.  Repeated attempts to bring an end to the countrywide industrial action have come to nothing.  

protestANA reports that SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi on Wednesday warned the government to prepare for a two-day general strike.  

northwestprovinceTimes Select reports that critically ill patients lay unattended as “tsotsis” denied staff access to Tshepong hospital outside Klerksdorp in the North West on Wednesday and asked doctors to pay R20 to enter their workplace.  

strike thumb medium85 85eNCA reports that wage talks in the bus transport industry remain deadlocked as parties failed to reach an agreement during marathon meetings facilitated by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Wednesday.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Business Report writes that thousands of Transnet pensioners scored a major victory on Wednesday when the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) gave them the go-ahead to seek to recover billions of rands from the company as well as from the Transnet Second Defined Pension Fund and the Transport Pension Fund.  

platinumbarBL Premium writes that a hard-hitting report from JPMorgan Cazenove indicates that mine closures, job losses and the cutting of hundreds of thousands of platinum ounces will be forced on SA’s beleaguered platinum sector.  

SaftuBusinessLive writes that the first public showing by the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) may not push the government into scrapping any proposed labour laws, but it has demonstrated that the year-old labour organisation enjoys significant support.