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.

sarb thumb medium60 101TimesLive reports that South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Lesetja Kganyago said on Tuesday that one of the main contributing factors to SA’s high unemployment rate was that many people did not live close enough to where job opportunities are.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the Johannesburg Labour Court on Wednesday granted SA Airways (SAA) an interim interdict against striking members of the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca).  

prasaANA reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) on Tuesday requested to meet with labour unions after they had asked the Prasa board to review its mandate for wage increases.  

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that the strike by South African Airways (SAA) cabin crew has seen the airline cancel 32 flights so far on Wednesday.  The airline confirmed that  28 domestic flights, three regional flights and one international flight have been cancelled.  

implatsBloomberg writes that protests at Impala Platinum’s Marula mine on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex and low metal prices have led the platinum producer to start a reorganisation process that could lead to more than 1,000 job losses.  

labourcourtsEWN reports that South African Airways (SAA) has approached the labour court in an attempt to urgently interdict the cabin crew strike which has affected its services.  

angloamerican fullBusinessLive reports that Anglo American avoided a second public relations disaster as 93% of its shareholders voted in favour of the group’s amended remuneration policy at Tuesday’s annual general meeting.  

mildredoliphantBusinessLive reports that far-reaching changes are in the pipeline for the Compensation Fund, which will eventually incorporate the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases that is currently the under the Department of Health.  

saa thumb medium95 76ANA reports that cabin crew at South African Airways (SAA) downed tools on Wednesday, demanding a R2,200 meal allowance for international flights.  

newsNews24 reports that the disciplinary hearing of one of the 10 public works employees accused of wrongdoing in the Nkandla saga was postponed in Durban on Tuesday.  

Virgin ActiveEWN reports that Virgin Active SA spokesperson Les Aupiais has confirmed that the company does not provide transport for staff who knock off at its gyms late in the evening.  

effThe Citizen reports that Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, spokesperson for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has dismissed a report by The Sowetan newspaper that the party’s bank account had been frozen by the Labour Court after the party unfairly dismissed a former researcher in the Limpopo legislature.  

hawksBusinessLive reports that the lawyers for former Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza say they will be heading to the High Court in Pretoria seeking an urgent interdict preventing Police Minister Fikile Mbalula from interfering with Ntlemeza’s right to return to work.  

numsaCity Press reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is holding a National Bargaining Conference, set to continue till Tuesday, in preparation for the wage negotiations in the steel and engineering sectors, due for later this year.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 24 April 2017

newsRandfontein Herald reports that one man died and three others were injured following an explosion at a cooking oil factory on Main Reef Road in Robinson, on the West Rand.  

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gavel thumb100 TimesLive writes that Sibusiso Chonco will have to leave his sick bed and present himself before a disciplinary hearing‚ where he is accused of wrongdoing in the awarding of the R246-million contract for upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.  

newsANA reports that delegates at the founding congress of a new trade union federation on Saturday resolved to retain the name South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

afriforumEngineering News reports that civil rights organisation AfriForum has brought an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act seeking access to the work permits of 31 Cuban engineers employed by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, writes about the difficulties faced by Zwelinzima Vavi, former general secretary of Cosatu, and metalworkers union Numsa in bringing about the establishment of the new SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

eskomANA reports that opposition parties on Sunday praised Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown for rejecting Eskom’s proposal to pay its former CEO Brian Molefe a R30 million golden handshake pension pay-out.  

education90Mail & Guardian reports that teachers and teacher unions have slammed a Department of Basic Education (DBE) plan to outsource the setting of exam questions at a cost of millions of rands.  

effSowetanLive reports that the Labour Court in Johannesburg has ordered the freezing of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party's bank account after it failed to pay a former employee who was dismissed two years ago but who won a case against his dismissal.  

saa thumb medium95 76The Citizen reports that the failure by SA Airways (SAA) to pay cabin crew an increase of R507 ($39) on their meal allowance could result in major interruptions for the airline’s domestic and international flights on Wednesday.  

standardbankMoneyweb reports that Standard Bank’s group chief executives, Ben Kruger and Sim Tshabalala, received total remuneration of nearly R45 million each in 2016, an increase of 3% on the year prior.  

newsTimesLive reports that the saga of the refurbishing of President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home with taxpayers' money enters a new chapter on Monday as disciplinary hearings against 10 Department of Public Works (DPW) officials begin in Durban.  

eskomTMG Digital/TimesLIVE reports that Eskom is scrambling to find R634m to bridge the "apartheid wage gap" in which more than 50% of its employees‚ mostly black‚ are still paid less than their white counterparts.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 22 April and Sunday, 23 April 2017

hawksCity Press reports that dismissed Hawks boss Mthandazo Ntlemeza has vowed to report for duty on Monday to claim back the job Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has ejected him from.  And he says he will go to court should anyone stand in his way.