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.

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that commuters clinging to the roof of Metrorail coaches and commuters on the platform at Nyanga Junction threw stones at each other on Wednesday as the overcrowded coaches left the platform.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90EWN reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that its hearings into the status of mental healthcare in the country has revealed a shortage of skills, training and resources.  

nehawu80eNCA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has condemned the horrific incident of transporting corpses using an open trailer in Johannesburg on Wednesday.  

eskomANA reports that the family of Thembisile Yende, the Eskom employee who was murdered in May, said on Wednesday they would be looking at the possibility of opening a civil case against the power utility.  

numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Wednesday that its members would be meeting with management at appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, in KwaZulu-Natal, to discuss the ongoing strike at the firm.  

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that Dr Sifiso Mtshali, KwaZulu-Natal’s department of health head, has been suspended over the unresolved oncology crisis in the province.  He was appointed department head in 2015.  

uctDaily Maverick reports that the University of Cape Town (UCT) is in danger of losing its undergraduate law degree.  

sasolBusinessLive that ahead of its 2017 annual general meeting (AGM) this Friday, one of Sasol’s longtime critics has praised the energy group for the significant turnaround in its investment in skills development.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that as the future of the distressed Lily mine hangs in the balance, trade union Solidarity has called on all parties to expedite the processes under way and make a decision on the mine’s future.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.

metrorail thumb medium90 92Fin24 reports that Metrorail services in the Western Cape are due to get no less than R8bn in new investment to improve ailing infrastructure, according to Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi.  

UguThe Mercury reports that criminal charges against Ugu District Municipality workers and their union, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu), are expected to be laid next month by residents on the South Coast.  

implatsheadgear smlMining Weekly reports that trade union Solidarity says that 25,177 jobs have been affected by retrenchments in the mining industry in 2017 and it has pointed to the much-talked-about contentious Mining Charter Three as being a major contributing factor.  

kznuniversityDaily News reports that the fate of five University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) executives who were suspended for accusing vice-chancellor Dr Albert van Jaarsveld of racism has yet to be decided.  

Netcare911The Mercury reports that twenty people – including a pregnant woman – were safely evacuated from a lift after it became stuck between the 15th and 16th floors at a Durban building on Tuesday.  

Solidarity2Engineering News reports that trade union Solidarity has ranked South African Airways (SAA) as the most poorly managed State-owned enterprise (SOE) in the country.  

eskomReuters reports that cash-strapped power utility Eskom said on Tuesday that it has enough cash to pay wages and keep operations going for a few months and did not plan to retrench any workers despite a liquidity crunch.  

GEPFFin24 reports that Abel Sithole, principal executive officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), said on Tuesday that the fund was “over-exposed” to the South African economy and this needed to be addressed.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that David Ngwenya, who has been charged with the murder of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende, was due to appear on Wednesday in the Springs Magistrate's Court.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that a female train driver on the Durban/Stanger route was left traumatised on Tuesday morning after angry commuters who were late for work reportedly threw stones at her when she refused to proceed past a red stop signal.  

BapoBaMogaleANA reports that no arrests have yet been made following the arson attack on the Bapo-Ba-Mogale tribal office in Bapong near Brits on Thursday and investigations continue.  

groupfiveBusiness Report reports that further retrenchments are looming at Group Five following the revision by the listed construction and engineering group of its strategy.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has condemned the attack on Sunday on a Johannesburg metro police in Hillbrow.  

comAs the court challenge to the third Mining Charter begins, Robert Krause, researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University, writes that mining companies have done to communities what they accuse government of doing to them, namely drowning out their voices.  

employment thumb100 Cape Times reports that the construction of the groundbreaking Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has created a total of 7,284 direct and indirect jobs.  

cosatuNews24 reports that labour federation Cosatu said on Monday that it would reject the proposed ring-fencing of R50bn from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.  

healthcareBusinessLive writes that National Health Insurance (NHI) was not feasible without sustained economic growth and it required so much money there would have to be trade-offs with other spending plans such as expanding access to tertiary education.  

BCCEIEngineering News reports that to ease wage negotiations in its industry, the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) has embarked on building strong negotiations through training.  

sapsThe Mercury reports that twelve police officers, who had all been working at border posts in northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), have all been dismissed for engaging in “corrupt activities”.