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.

harmonyEWN reports that Harmony Gold has said that its rescue teams are inching closer and closer to the mineworkers who have been trapped underground at its Kusasalethu Mine in the West Rand.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 29 August 2017.

uberBusinessLive reports that Uber has launched new safety features in the wake of a recent spate of attacks on driver-partners and passengers.  Introduced after engagement with drivers, the features include Social Connect and Share My Trip.  

parliamentANA reports that the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources said on Monday that it was “deeply worried” about the sporadic seismic events that continued to claim lives in the mining sector.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that Cosatu has condemned the “unfair dismissal” of four First National Bank (FNB) employees for making insulting comments about the DA leader Mmusi Maimane on WhatsApp and many other political comments.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The New Age reports that according to Free State Premier Ace Magashule there were about 280 qualified nurses, including professionals, assistance and staff nurses, in the province who were unemployed and whom he indicated were going to be hired.  

ancBusinessLive reports that Lawyers for Human Rights and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation have approached the ANC to lead a case of racism against Rajesh ‘Tony’ Gupta at the SA Human Rights Commission‚ either as the sole complainant or with them.  

meibcBusinessLive writes that the recent wage agreement in the metals and engineering industry may have prevented a strike, but workers will have to wait a long time before benefiting from it.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80SABC News reports that the Western Cape government is working on legislation that would hold the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) accountable for the mismanagement of the province's train infrastructure.  

southafricalogoThe Department of Labour reports that, with effect from 1 September 201, the minimum wage applicable to the Private Security Sector will increase by an average of 6.4% in terms of the Sectoral Determination (SD) and will be applicable until 31 August 2018.  

news shutterstockBusinessLive reports that certain bargaining councils have for decades apparently neglected to deduct employees’ tax on benefits given to their members, but have now been offered the opportunity to become tax compliant.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that MPS were told last week that, unless problems bedevilling mining towns were tackled urgently, efforts to eradicate illegal mining operations and syndicates would soon be at a crisis point.  

newseNCA reports that nearly four million South Africans are owed billions of rands in pension and provident fund benefits.  According to the latest data, government and the private sector owe almost R42-billion in unpaid claims.  

limusaBusiness Report writes that the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa) put out a statement on Monday to say that it was not surprised but once again shocked by the recent settlement agreement in the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  

ambulanceEWN reports that Gauteng emergency services workers have warned of a total shutdown next month if Premier David Makhura and Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa do not respond to their grievances.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday called for the rescue operation at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Mine to be escalated to bring the remaining two trapped miners to surface.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 28 August 2017.

mosebenzizwaneANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Monday appealed for “extra caution” in respect of health and safety in mines, saying he was concerned about tragic accidents in the industry.  

healthcareThe Times writes that the government's plan to ditch medical aid tax credits will have a disastrous effect on already cash-strapped citizens and force nearly 2 million people onto the over-stretched state health system.  

joburgcityANA reports that eight City of Johannesburg employees were due to appear in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday for allegedly pocketing R2.4 million in fraudulent refunds.  

harmonyThe Star reports that mining unions are fuming at the lack of safety precautions for workers underground following the deaths of three miners at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Mine in Carletonville.  

eskomSunday Times reports that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown last week quashed yet another bid by Eskom's board to pay former CEO Brian Molefe a multimillion-rand golden handshake.  

protestBusiness Report writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the majority union at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga, has threatened to roll out protests outside the operation should the mine be liquidated.  

newsCity Press reports that the Film and Publication Board (FPB) this week dropped all of its reported 279 charges against its former CEO Themba Wakashe.  

joburgcityThe Star reports that services in Johannesburg could be affected if the city and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) don’t resolve the “poisonous relationship” caused by the numerous fraud and corruption arrests that have taken place.  

news shutterstockTimesLive reports that the government has paid R3.9-million to a family that claimed loss of support as a result of a death in the 2012 Marikana massacre.  

reavayaNews24 reports that protesters in Riverlea set fire to a Rea Vaya Bus station on Commando Road on Monday morning, Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) said.  

harmonyNews24 reports that the body of a third miner was brought to the surface at the Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville, Harmony Gold said on Monday.  

NaspersBusinessLive reports that a hefty 50% or more Naspers N shareholders appear to have voted against the media and technology group’s controversial remuneration policy and almost 60% against giving directors control of unissued shares.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 25 August to Sunday, 27 August 2017.