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.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Mining Weekly reports that platinum producer Lonmin has introduced a community grievance mechanism called Buang Le Rona/Thetha Nathi, meaning ‘Talk to Us’.  

newsThe Star reports that the security industry says the vicious attack on its members at Moses Mabhida Stadium by Kaizer Chiefs supporters is one of the many incidents reducing their members to sitting ducks at work.  

vavi1The Star reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, secretary general of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), on Wednesday said he was pleased with the turnout at the federation’s national strike.  

nehawu80The Citizen reports that the strike by the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in the North West’s state health sector, which served as the catalyst for the past week’s violent protests in the province, is set to intensify.  

pandorBusiness Report writes that public sector unions have flatly rejected a request by the government for a postponement of state wage negotiations and have demanded that talks resume immediately.  

SenzeniZokwana2Business Report writes that Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Minister Senzeni Zokwana has to motivate why he should not be held personally liable for legal costs arising from an unlawful suspension of his director-general Michael Mlengana.  

SaftuThe Citizen writes that today’s nationwide strike called by the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will be a test of strength for the relatively new federation.  

boardroomtableNews24 reports that talks to end the national bus strike continued late on Tuesday as Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, bus drivers and companies were still trying to thrash out a pay rise that everyone would agree to.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 24 April 2018.

strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that with the country seven days into the crippling nationwide bus strike, government was expected to intervene on Tuesday hoping to break the wage negotiation deadlock.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85The Citizen reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has rejected calls by the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) to join a nationwide strike on Wednesday, which Fedusa has described as self-serving.  

picBusinessLive reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) are resisting proposed amendments to the Public Investment Act that would ensure greater transparency. 

PSLThe Citizen reports that Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson Irvin Khoza on Monday emphasised the need for clubs to hire properly qualified personnel to deal with security during matches.  

newsANA reports that Interstate Bus Lines, which operates from Bloemfontein, said on Tuesday it had taken a decision to temporarily stop all bus operations on Wednesday due to the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) national general strike.  

healthcareTimeslive reports that the health crisis in the North West could end up being worse than the Life Esidimeni tragedy‚ according to a group of doctors.  

newsGroundUp reports that municipal workers returned to work in Port St Johns on Monday after an on-off strike that lasted seven months‚ leaving the town strewn with garbage.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that five employees of a cash delivery company have been arrested in connection with a cash-in-transit heist earlier this month.  

cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu on Tuesday distanced itself from a planned national strike against the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) and strike-related amendments to labour laws.  

SaftuThe Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa is in the firing line of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), which has accused him of using his old Marikana-style anti-strike tactics as he introduces the national minimum wage (NMW) and amendments to labour law.  

psaBusiness Report writes that a meeting on Monday between the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) reportedly yielded numerous positive results for public servants.  

newsusinessLive reports that eNCA, the privately owned 24-hour television news broadcaster, has denied suggestions that "massive retrenchments" are looming at the station.  

strike thumb medium85 85Mail & Guardian reports that workers at Luxor Paints in Jet Park, Boksburg say they will not back down, despite the alleged violent attacks on them during protracted strike action at the plant.  

StarbucksBusiness Insider SA writes that Starbucks will be closing all of its 8,000 locations across the US for the afternoon of 29 May for "racial-bias education" training, but not in SA.  

newsANA reports that Lily Gold Mine – where three workers were trapped underground in Barberton in February 2016 when a lamp-room container they were working in fell into a sinkhole – has secured R300m funding, but will resume rescue operations next year.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said on Monday that it would be embarking on a general strike on Wednesday in all major cities against the introduction of the national minimum wage (NMW) and adverse labour laws amendments.  

ambulanceTimeslive reports that the City of Johannesburg's Emergency Management Services (EMS) is concerned about attacks on its paramedics‚ following two separate incidents at the weekend. 

nursing thumb medium90 93Businesslive reports that sick leave applications for staff in Gauteng state hospitals have risen "alarmingly"‚ from R161m paid to 3‚244 employees in 2014 to R312m paid to 5‚882 employees last year.  

MantasheBloomberg reports that the Chamber of Mines (COM) has been notified that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has sought leave to appeal a court judgment earlier this month over a crucial black-ownership principle in the Mining Charter.  

newsNews24 reports that the owner of one of the private security companies contracted to ensure safety during a soccer match which ended violently, is thankful that his security guards – who were brutally assaulted – are still alive.  

fawuANA reports that about 2,000 Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) members will go on a protected strike at Choppies supermarkets in five provinces as from Tuesday, 24 April 2018 in pursuit of wage demands for the bargaining period of the 2018/19 financial year.