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.

healthcareBusinessLive reports that, addressing the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) congress on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the health system was in a crisis.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Times writes that, on the surface with a leadership team of only 55 people overseeing more than six operations in SA, Sibanye-Stillwater's (SS’s) management seems stretched to an alarming degree.  

numeNCA reports that Joseph Montisetse is the new president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  

southafricalogoReuters reports that the Treasury said on Friday that government was considering layoffs and early retirement packages for staff in the public sector to avoid breaking its pledge to cut spending.  

nelsonmandelabayGroundUp reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan (NMBM) municipal workers called off their strike on Friday after an agreement was reached on back-pay of long-service bonuses.  

psaTimeslive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed “with caution” aspects of the proposed Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill announced on Thursday.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that wage negotiations at Eskom have been delayed again after the power utility told unions on Thursday it needed more time to consider their demands.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 21 June 2018.

mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has blamed a spike in mining accidents that have resulted in dozens of deaths on failures perpetuated by former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane.  

numBusinessLive writes that the former leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) left the organisation almost in tatters, with large amounts of debt and dwindling membership when they vacated office in 2015.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that sixty-two people have been arrested as the N3 at Van Reenen's pass was reopened on Thursday after a blockade by truck drivers on Wednesday closed the national route.  

eskomANA reports that wage negotiations between Eskom and trade unions entered their third and final day on Thursday after workers rejected the 4.7% wage offer from the embattled state-owned power utility.  

numSowetan reports that factional battles over leadership choices at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spilled out into the open at its hotly contested elective national congress that got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has finally tabled an offer to its two municipal unions in an effort to break the back of the crippling strike in the city.  But this is likely to add further strain to the massive deficit the Bay is facing.  

ambulanceANA reports that the South African Emergency Personnel’s Union (Saepu) on Thursday condemned the attack, assault and burning of an ambulance at Northam in Limpopo early on Thursday morning.  

sapsThe Star reports that officers at the Pretoria Central police station who filed various internal and criminal complaints against Captain James Henrico are frustrated about having to bump into him at work every day.  

SA ExpressBusiness Report writes that SA Express employees would get their June salaries, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said on Wednesday night.  

mpumaAfro Voice reports that the Mpumalanga department of health has promised to strengthen its security measures at hospitals and clinics in the entire province.  

protesteNCA reports that all lanes going in both directions at Van Reenen’s Pass between Harrismith and Tugela Plaza/Ladysmith were re-opened to traffic again on Thursday morning.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that City of Tshwane officials have been exposed to danger while attempting to deliver services to communities, with the latest attack being on a plumbing team that was pelted with bricks in Atteridgeville.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the convicted killers of Malmesbury train driver Piet Botha received the maximum possible sentences for crimes committed by minors, during sentencing in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that following a spate of fatalities at its SA mines this year, Sibanye-Stillwater has appointed Dr Kobus de Jager as corporate head of safety, with a mandate to review and enhance the company’s safety management.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa)‚ the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Solidarity have rejected Eskom’s offer of a 4.7% wage hike.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 20 June 2018.

Sibanye StillwaterANA reports that Sibanye-Stillwater admitted on Wednesday that the substantial regression of safe working conditions underground at its operations was unacceptable.  

protestANA reports that more than 100 trucks blocked the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass on Wednesday morning as local truck drivers protested against the hiring of foreign nationals.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer inflation surprised economists by slowing in May to 4.4% from 4.5% in the previous month despite the implementation of a VAT hike in April.  

numAfro Voice reports that the revised mining charter and escalating fatalities were due to come under focus during the three-day NUM national congress, which started on Wednesday in Boksburg.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that striking municipal workers torched dustbins, littered streets in the Port Elizabeth city centre with rubbish and barred those who were at work from leaving the municipal buildings on Tuesday as their protest entered its sixth day.  

strike thumb medium85 85DispatchLive reported on Tuesday that two Eastern Cape universities, Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and University of Fort Hare (UFH), were on total shutdown as wage negotiations between management and unions remained deadlocked.