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.

amcu thumb medium80 81News24 reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said it was saddened by a "tragic start to 2020" as three mine workers died while on duty last week.  

MboweniBL Premium reports that finance minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday that the "never-ending demands" of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the public sector wage bill and corruption and general mismanagement were the major threats to SA’s fiscal sustainability.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 16 January 2020.

saa thumb medium95 76Reuters reports that South African Airways (SAA) has put up for sale nine of its Airbus aircraft, according to a tender document seeking proposals from interested buyers, as seen on Thursday.  

telkom thumb100 BL Premium reports that unions representing most of Telkom's workers have threatened drastic action, including calling for the entire board to be declared delinquent and camping outside the ANC's headquarters, in their fight against the fixed-line operator's plan to cut up to a fifth of its staff.  

eskomFin24 reports that the Department of Public Enterprises announced on Wednesday that Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba had been appointed interim chairperson of Eskom, following the shock resignation of Jabu Mabuza last week.  

SolidarityTechCentral reports that trade union Solidarity has slammed Telkom over its plan to cut up to 3,000 jobs, or 20% of its 15,000-strong workforce.  

saa thumb medium95 76Reuters reports that a trade union official said on Wednesday that South African Airways (SAA) might have to suspend some flights and delay salary payments if the government cannot not come up with a plan soon to provide the R2 billion it promised the airline last month.  

prasaFin24 reports that Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula announced on Wednesday that the "war room" he set up in August 2019 to turn around the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) would be wound down as many of its functions were being transferred to the state-owned entity's administrator.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that South African Airways (SAA) is again in a perilous situation after the R2bn it was promised by the Treasury to fund the business-rescue process failed to materialise.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that an immigration official was granted R5,000 bail in the Kempton Park Regional Court in Gauteng on Wednesday when he appeared on charges of corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that a Cape Town law enforcement officer fingered in a shooting that left undercover policeman Const Thando Sigcu dead was scheduled to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday on a murder charge.  

NaspersBusinessLive reports that Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk has sold shares in the Cape Town-based group for close to R1bn.  The shares were awarded by the company through its share incentive scheme.  

newsSowetanLive reports that it's back to paying employees with cheques for a Limpopo municipality on a mission to rid its payroll of ghost workers.  

VantageGoldfieldsSowetanLive reports that former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has pledged money to help the families of three mineworkers whose bodies are still trapped at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.  

telkom thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said on Wednesday that Telkom has served unions with letters regarding planned retrenchments of 3,000 workers.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 15 January 2020.

protestThe Citizen reports that employees of V&M Projects, which supplies security guards to the departments of transport and education in the Govan Mbeki area, locked down numerous offices on Wednesday.  

sadtu90News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) has urged its sites to report any and all delays in the delivery of teaching and learning materials at schools across the country.  

durbanDaily News reports that Mitchell Park Zoo management will take disciplinary action against staff who have been negligent in their duties after a member of the public complained about condition of the zoo on social media.  

graduate thumb100 Sowetan reports that a Dihlabeng District Municipality official who was accused of falsifying her qualifications to land a plush job has provided the newspaper with her qualifications and a full academic record from the University of the Free State (UFS).  

newsThe Citizen reports that staff members of the controversial Bosasa Youth Development Centres have waited months for provident fund payments which, to their relief, Sanlam is in the process of releasing.  

saps thumb100 News24 reports that ninety-nine police officials did business with the SA Police Service (SAPS) between 2014 and 2019, even though it was illegal to do so.  

graduate thumb100 The Star reports that after many years of calling on private employers to extend employment opportunities to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) college graduates, the Department of Higher Education has led by example.  

OldMutualBL Premium writes that Old Mutual’s high court victory against Peter Moyo paves the way for the insurer to finally appoint a new leader, after an eight-month battle with the axed CEO that caused reputational damage and shaved billions off its market capitalisation.  

UIFIn a letter to the editor on Wednesday, Makhosonke Buthelezi, the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) director of communication and marketing, responds to an earlier letter (11 December 2019) from Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Michael Bagraim, who had asserted that the UIF’s uFiling website was broken.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that a bus driver strike over wages has paralysed the transport system in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

OldMutualTimesLIVE reports that the High Court ruled on Tuesday that Old Mutual does not have to reinstate its sacked chief executive Peter Moyo.  

MassmartFin24 reports that Massmart has become the second SA retailer to announce possible store closures in 2020, a move that could affect up to 1,440 employees.