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.

newsMail & Guardian reports that in the wake of the deregistration of the Media Workers’ Association of SA (Mwasa), one trade union is floating the idea of forming a media bargaining council.  

sapsNews24 reports that a man suspected of the May murder of an off-duty KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police officer has been arrested and his alleged accomplice has been shot dead.  

joburgcitySunday Times reports that a name on a truck is cold comfort for a Newcastle father whose firefighter son died in the Bank of Lisbon fire in Johannesburg on 5 September last year.  

legalaidsaStaff members at Legal Aid SA went on strike on Monday over a variety of employment grievances, including benefits and budget cuts.  

nxesiSunday Tribune reports that South African truck drivers have lambasted state departments for failing to ban illegal foreigners allegedly employed by Durban logistics companies.  

SteinhoffBloomberg reports that Steinhoff International’s former chief executive officer Markus Jooste regards the company’s claim for more than R850 million against him as “vague and embarrassing.”  

earningsSunday Times Business Times reports that executives of nonperforming state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that rely on government bailouts for survival are set to lose out on bonuses and the hefty pay increases they have received in the past.  

ChoppiesReuters reports that Botswanan budget retailer Choppies Enterprises says it plans to sell its stores in SA as growth stutters and unemployment soars in the country.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 16 August 2019.

marikanacommission thumb100 News24 reports that Marikana Commission of Inquiry chairperson Judge Ian Farlam is of the view that the commission cannot be blamed for the lack of prosecutions following the shootings that saw 34 people killed by police on 16 August 2012.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that Free State Health MEC Montseng Tsiu has condemned violent attacks targeting emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and health infrastructure in the province.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that two Tsogo Sun employees have allegedly stolen more than R4m from their employer by creating ghost employee accounts.  

SeriNews24 reports that Friday marked seven years since 34 mineworkers were shot dead in a burst of police gunfire during a protest at the then Lonmin Platinum's Marikana operations, but families have yet to see justice.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Fin24 reports that a former Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) teacher from Oudtshoorn has appeared in court for allegedly inflating the number of registered students she taught in order to gain financial benefits from the Western Cape department of education.  

eskomFin24 reports that the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF) has confirmed that its lawyers have instructed former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to return more than R10m he received from the fund.  

OldMutualNews24 reports that Old Mutual and the insurer’s reinstated CEO Peter Moyo will hear the outcome of their increasingly acrimonious legal battle in approximately two weeks.  

joburgcityNews24 reports that the City of Johannesburg will be insourcing (directly hiring) 1,879 cleaners, starting with 450 who will go on the metropolitan municipality's books.  

housePatrick Nwabueze Okonkwo, Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, notes that the construction industry in SA accounts for around 8% of total formal employment and around 17% of total informal employment, but it is also the third most dangerous sector for workers after the transportation and fishing industries.  

VantageGoldfieldsMoneyweb writes that it’s been three years of agony for the 1,000 staff who were sidelined when Vantage Goldfields SA (VGSA) was placed in business rescue after a key support pillar at Lily mine collapsed and claimed the lives of three workers.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Solidarity has given former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe seven days to pay the R700,000 owed to it, while the power utility has given him until next week to cough up about R10m in pension payments that were unlawfully paid to him.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 15 August 2019.

sasboThe Star reports that the SA Society of Bank Officials (Sasbo) has vowed to bring the financial sector to a standstill by downing tools next month if banks go ahead with their planned job cuts.  

SolidarityTimesLIVE reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has written a letter to trade union Solidarity requesting 30 days to repay a legal cost order made against him to the tune of R708,102.  

southafricalogoThe Star reports that a staggering number of vacancies in public service remained unfilled despite unemployment soaring to a scary 29%.  

graduate thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology wants to ensure that universities receive all the necessary support to recruit, develop and retain academic staff.  

marikanacommission thumb100 Financial Mail writes that the Marikana commission’s terms of reference were not broad enough for it to make a recommendation on compensation of the victims of the 16 August 2012 massacre.  

cloverBusinessLive reports that trade unions opposed to the proposed sale of foods and beverages company Clover Industries to consortium Milco urged the Competition Tribunal on Wednesday to block the R4.8bn transaction, over concerns about job losses.  

durbanThe Mercury reports that axed eThekwini municipal mayor, Zandile Gumede, says she will not be silenced.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the seventh anniversary of the Marikana massacre commemoration will see high court appearances of both policemen and mineworkers.  

numsaBL Premium reports that automotive sector employers have broken their silence on the protracted wage talks with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) by indicating that they are looking “promising”.