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.

Solidarity2Solidarity on Friday launched a skills bank on its website where engineers and technicians can register so their skills can be re-recruited to help alleviate the crisis at Eskom.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Saturday Star reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has accused the City of Johannesburg of a witch-hunt to “destabilise” the union and embarrass its leadership.  

nehawu80The Sunday Independent reports that there is no end in sight in the standoff between the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) at vocational colleges across the country.  

southafricalogoPretoria News reports that SA’s 1.3 million public servants will not be receiving performance bonuses from April 2021 and will get reduced incentives for doing their jobs well from this year.  

SamsaNews24 reports that ten crew members were rescued after their fishing vessel sunk off the west of the Western Cape near Saldahna Bay.  

eskomCity Press reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa faces blowback over his government’s plans to fix state-owned power utility Eskom.  

ancCity Press reports that the ANC has closed its sexual harassment case against spokesperson Pule Mabe after the party’s grievance panel ruled last Monday that the complainant’s version was not supported by evidence.  

newsBusiness Times reports that the jobs of more than 1,000 people may be on the line as Coca-Cola Beverages SA embarks on restructuring due to the effects of the sugar tax imposed on sugary drinks from April last year.  

strike thumb medium85 85BL Premium writes that it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has scored a tragic own goal with its three-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines.  

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that despite being overstaffed with as many as 27,500 employees, the government does not want retrenchments to be imposed on Eskom as part of the efforts to turn the bankrupt power utility around.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 14 February 2019.

numSowetanLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday that the government should retain the current structure of Eskom and simply change its management to rescue the company from total collapse.  

eskomANA reports that the Infrastructure Research Development Centre (IRDC) said on Thursday it opposed the government's decision to bring in external engineers to investigate the crisis at state utility Eskom's power stations.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has launched a formal process to restructure a number of its unprofitable gold mines, with the potential loss of up to 6,670 jobs.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Times reports that the Sans Souci Girls High School teacher seen in a video smacking a pupil after an altercation was due to appear for a formal disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.  

cosatuSowetan reports that Cosatu’s Mpumalanga provincial chairperson, Live Monini, told marchers on Wednesday that the union federation was ready to render the province ungovernable if employees of the Gupta-linked Gloria mine were not paid their salaries.  

newsThe Star reports that another Gupta-owned company, Shiva Uranium, has resumed retrenching its workforce amid attempts to rescue the ailing mining firm.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday welcomed the imminent signing into law of the Competition Amendment Bill, saying it would, among other things, promote investment and lead to a reduction in prices in the SA economy.  

fawuBusinessLive reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Wednesday threw its weight behind a pro-Palestinian lobby group fighting an Israeli-led consortium's proposed bid to buy Clover.  

DisChemBusinessLive reports that Dis-Chem’s Christmas sales were hurt by a strike, the pharmacy chain warned in a trading update on Thursday morning.  

employment thumb100 The Citizen reports that according to a labour expert, close to 400,000 jobs must be created per year, with both the government and the private sector playing active roles in the process, or the country will face many more strikes.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that the Western Cape High Court has granted an order compelling the owner of a Sea Point security company to pay outstanding provident fund contributions of at least R2.3m.  

Stats SAFinancial Mail reports that SA’s sky-high unemployment rate moderated to 27.1% between the two final quarters of 2018, thanks mainly to a surge in formal sector employment over the festive season.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that thousands of Cosatu-affiliated workers demonstrated in eight cities across the country on Wednesday, disrupting schooling and bringing traffic to a standstill.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 13 February 2019.

Solidarity2ANA reports that Solidarity said on Wednesday it would be paying charges with the police and at the Equality Court against members of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement on behalf of several of the parents of the victims of the recent Hoërskool Driehoek disaster.  

gunEWN reports that police have confirmed that two mineworkers have been shot dead in Welkom, Free State.  

westerncapeANA reports that Statistics SA’s quarterly labour force survey data for the fourth quarter of 2018, released on Tuesday, showed that the Western Cape created 29,000 new jobs over the past year and 26,000 between October and December last year.  

protestANA reports that unemployed persons in Ikageng near Rustenburg have vowed to stop work at the Bospoort Dam purification plant until such time as they are hired.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87Sowetan reports that a last-minute payment of more than 200 intern doctors on Monday averted a legal showdown with the Gauteng department of health.