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.

daEWN reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is deeply disturbed by the police ministry’s revelation that 57 SA Police Service (SAPS) members working in the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit have criminal records.  

earningsEWN reports that the bill that will pave the way for a National Minimum Wage (NMW) has been published for public comment.  

prasaEWN reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has reported that one of its armed contractors was attacked and shot at by a group of unknown men in Phillipi in the Western Cape.  

hpcsaSunday Tribune reports that hundreds of South African doctors who have studied medicine abroad fear that their degrees could be rendered worthless because of “unfair” regulations by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA).  

sapsSunday Tribune reports that twelve police officers have been killed since the start of the year.  

vavi1Timeslive reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu)‚ said on Saturday that the debate about forming a Workers Party to unite the left political formations and progressive civil society formations could not be postponed.  

panafricanANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has been informed that Evander Gold Mine in Mpumalanga intends to retrench most of its workforce.  

NorthamMining Weekly reports that platinum group metals (PGM) miner Northam, which is in a strong organic and acquisitive growth phase, will be generating 6,500 new mining jobs in the next four to five years.  

TegetaEWN reports Gupta-linked Optimum Coal Mine has assured its striking workers that it will deal with their concerns speedily.  

gunTimeslive reports that two taxi drivers were shot dead in Cape Town on Thursday in a row over routes.  The men were killed at Libalele taxi rank in Langa.  

DUTTimeslive reports that private security forces let off tear gas and fired rubber bullets at protesting Durban University of Technology (DUT) students on Thursday.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu said on Wednesday that the national budget had failed to live up to the bold plans of boosting job creation and fighting corruption as outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his state of the nation address (Sona).  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Treasury is hoping to hold public sector trade unions to a consumer-inflation-linked pay increase as part of an effort to rebalance public spending.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Groundup reports that as service on Cape Town’s Central railway line resumed on Wednesday after a month‚ commuters complained that Metrorail had not used the time to fix broken trains.  

saps“We’re coming for you – dead or alive” was the message of National Police Commissioner General Kehla John Sithole on Wednesday at ground zero in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape.

naptosa thumb medium70 99TimesLive reports that the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) has welcomed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s budget speech.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has trimmed the tax credits taxpayers receive for their medical scheme contributions to raise an extra R4.2bn for National Health Insurance (NHI).  

gigaba2ANA reports that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Parliament on Wednesday that government needed to implement further measures to contain the public sector wage bill, which to date, had “crowded out spending in other areas.”  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that two train drivers were attacked and their train coaches stoned by irate commuters at Koedoespoort station in Pretoria on Tuesday.  

DUTNews24 reports that students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have threatened to shut down all campuses at the institution if management does not resolve the ongoing staff strike over salaries soon.  

sapuTimeslive reports that the South African Policing Union (Sapu) wants police minister Fikile Mbalula to convene a national summit on police killings.  

presidencyNews24 reports that it appears that President Cyril Ramaphosa is intent on proving the adage that charity begins at home by fast tracking his promise to uplift South Africa by tackling unemployment.  

TegetaBloomberg reports that the Optimum Coal mine, which is linked to the politically connected Gupta family, will be suspended if managers fail to comply with the site’s social and labour plan.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive writes that galvanising business, labour and government into taking action against the country’s unemployment crisis has become a key task of all leaders when assuming office — and President Cyril Ramaphosa appears to be no different.  

northwestprovinceNews24 reports that the Hawks said on Tuesday that seven North West traffic examiners were among 14 people who have been arrested for allegedly issuing driving licences to applicants without testing them.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Timeslive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that a naval project for building ships will create about 5‚000 jobs in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) over the next five years.  

daBusinessLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) wants a one-year freeze of public servants’ salaries and performance bonuses and a reduction of the Cabinet as ways of cutting government expenditure.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to compensate the families of 44 miners who died during clashes with police in Marikana in 2012.  

sadtu90News24 reports that according to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the provincial education department has dismally failed to prioritise its programmes and was at risk of collapsing.  

nsfasNews24 reports that about 200 employees of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) are demanding higher salaries and other improvements.