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.

southafricalogoFin24 reports that responding to questions in the National Assembly, Deputy President David Mabuza on Thursday said that the head count in the public service would have to be reduced eventually as the public wage bill was unsustainable.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that according to Roger Baxter, CEO of the Minerals Council SA (previously known as the Chamber of Mines), a SA moderately more attractive to investors would catalyse the creation of 50,000 more mining jobs and an additional 200, 000 jobs overall.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom has finally signed a three-year wage agreement with trade unions following three months of gruelling talks that deadlocked numerous times and affected electricity supply.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 29 August 2018.

farming thumb medium80 84Cape Times reports that Simondium Guest Lodge has denied that evictions took place at its premises, even though one of the farmworkers is now sleeping outside the structure he had been occupying for years.  

SARSTimeslive reports that according to a senior National Treasury official, there was a “slow bleed” of senior managers at the SA Revenue Service (Sars) while its top leadership remained unaware of the issues that plagued the institution.  

sabcANA reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday declined to state how much it owed the producers of hit TV show Uzalo.  This was after production house Stained Glass Pictures earlier indicated that the SABC's biggest daily telenovela had been put on hold after crew and the staff were not paid their August salaries.  

joburgcitySandton Chronicle reports that the City of Johannesburg has been informed of a labour dispute at the Driving Licensing Card Account (DLCA) department that has been ongoing since 20 July.  

sapsSowetanLive reports that a senior Limpopo policeman has been fired "with immediate effect" for allegedly calling a junior colleague by the k-word.  Brigadier Eddie Enslin, who was the station commander at the Mankweng police station near Polokwane, was given the marching orders on Monday.  

naptosa thumb medium70 99ANA reports that the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA (Naptosa) has weighed in on allegations of racism at Westville Girls’ High School in Durban, saying that educators with racist tendencies have no place in the classroom.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that the case to force platinum producer Lonmin to honour its social and labour plan commitments is set for a hearing at the High Court in Mafikeng on 26 October, the Mining Forum of SA said on Tuesday.  

joburgcityThe Citizen reports that City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba has announced that 186 OUTsurance pointsmen will be reinstated, after their contract came to an end earlier this month.  

newsBusinessLive reports that MultiChoice’s new black-owned TV channel says it plans to "prioritise" job applicants from the Gupta-linked station it is replacing and that it plans to launch in early 2019.  

kznlogo thumb100 The Witness reports that Road Traffic Inspectorate Officer Thokozani Gcinani Cele, who was stationed at Midway in Estcourt, was killed on duty in a hit-and-run accident on Sunday.  

GrantThorntonBusiness Report writes that Grant Thornton Johannesburg chief executive Paul Badrick is back at work after he was cleared of the sexual harassment allegations laid against him.  

pikitupSowetanLive reports that threats of intimidation have sent Pikitup’s troubles rippling outwards‚ as the trash-collecting agency announced that more parts of Johannesburg would not have its garbage collected.  

retirementMoneyweb reports that many South Africans overestimate their risk of permanent disability, critical illness or death, but underestimate their risk of temporary illness or injury, a survey has found.  

DAWNBusinessLive reports that Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) is to retrench more than 700 of its employees as part of a cost-cutting strategy aimed at saving the ailing business from collapse.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 28 August 2018.

protestEWN reports that women employed by Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) marched to the JMPD headquarters in Martindale on Tuesday to hand over a memorandum to management demanding equal rights in the workplace.  

sadtu90Timeslive reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) wants better funding and development of teaching in mother tongue languages at schools to improve education in the country.  

eskomFin24 reports that top Eskom executives told MPs in Parliament on Tuesday that the worst industrial action in 28 years directly contributed to the power utility having to implement load shedding in mid-June.  

UNTUGroundUp reports that last week the United National Transport Union (Untu), joined by the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), lodged two CCMA disputes against Bombela, the Gautrain’s operating company, for alleged unfair labour practices.  

Solidarity2Reuters reports that Solidarity has given Sasol a 48-hour notice to strike over the petrochemical giant’s plan to launch a share ownership scheme exclusively for black staff, the trade union said on Tuesday.  

concourtBusinessLive reports that a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruling that has reinforced the organisational rights of minority trade unions in the workplace was problematic and would lead to chaos and heightened inter-union rivalry according to some labour experts.  

strike thumb medium85 85BusinessLive reports that the Gauteng Department of Health (DoH) announced that a strike by general workers at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto was over.  

nsfasBusinessLive reports that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) suspended its executive officer Steven Zwane with immediate effect on Monday evening.  

pikitupThe Star reports that a health hazard is looming in Soweto after Pikitup stopped its refuse-collection services in protest against the growing number of attacks on its workers in the township.  

prasaBusiness Report writes that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has branded the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) trains as a disaster waiting to happen and has accused the government of ignoring red flags.  

durbanThe Mercury reports that the eThekwini Metro Police is grossly understaffed, having recruited less than an average of 100 officers per year for the past eight years.