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.

boardroomtableBusiness Report writes that the SA Engineers’ and Founders’ Association (Saefa) believes that the planned strikes by trade unions within the metal and engineering sector were not the only option available to workers.  

gautengTimesLive reports that residents in Soweto have been left frustrated after the Gauteng provincial government shut down five major taxi ranks.  

tshwane thumb100 The New Age reports that chaos could descend on the City of Tshwane on Monday as more than 3,000 private security guards have threatened to make it “ungovernable”.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that one of the unions negotiating with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) over working times on Saturdays has a simple message: "Call us only when you are ready to pay overtime.  Until then, there will be no work on Saturdays!"  

seifsaEngineering News reports that the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has described suggestions that it was only representing the interests of large employers in the metals and engineering sector as malicious “propaganda”.  

bladenzimandeBusinessLive writes that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges are underfunded because of over-enrolment and the Treasury projects that the funding gap will widen by 2020.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana has suspended his director-general, Mike Mlengana, with immediate effect.  A statement from the ministry did not provide reasons for the suspension and officials were not available for comment.  

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that a faction of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has distanced itself from members who held a Joburg council executive hostage on Wednesday.  

newseNCA reports that a memorial service was due to be held on Thursday afternoon for trade union pioneer and liberation struggle icon Emma Mashinini.  

SanefNews24 reports that the SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has welcomed Black First Land First’s (BLF’s) compliance with a High Court order that they should denounce violence against journalists.  

nehawu80EWN reports that at least 1,500 members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) have embarked on a strike after wage talks deadlocked with management at the Agricultural Research Centre.  

sacpTimesLive reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), has declined an invitation by the SA Communist Party (SACP) to the party’s national congress‚ presently underway in Boksburg.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Tuesday urged its members and “all other workers” to throw their weight behind the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), which it said was involved in a “life-or-death struggle” in the metal and engineering sector.  

NationalZooEWN reports that the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria has hired casual workers to keep the facility running smoothly amid a strike by its employees.  

gautengANA reports that the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of disputed taxi ranks and routes in Soweto following months of intimidation and violence.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The Citizen reports that a qualified nurse has obtained an urgent court order forcing the Gauteng health department to place her at the clinic of her choice for her year of community service.  

SamsaNews24 reports that an international crew of 30 fishermen from a burning Taiwanese vessel were rescued off the Durban coast on Tuesday, the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has said.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that the ANC confirmed on Monday that it supported the policy proposal put forward by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to use money allocated for tax rebates to South Africans on medical aid to fund National Health Insurance (NHI).  

uberThe Citizen reports that Uber will be challenging this week’s ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) that seven deactivated drivers of the app-based service are employees and not “driver partners”.  

NationalZooNews24 reports that a non-striking employee of the National Zoological Gardens of SA (NZG) in Pretoria was allegedly assaulted as he tried to get to work on Tuesday morning.  

boardroomtableBusinessLive reports that employer organisations in the metal and engineering sector are negotiating directly with workers after failing to reach agreement with unions on wages, while trade unions have threatened industrial action.  

eskomEWN reports that Eskom says it will clarify its position on the possibility of closing down four power stations when it releases its financial results next Wednesday.  

bladenzimandeDaily News reports that the Higher Education and Training Department (DHET) has sourced funding from the EU to audit and verify infrastructure at technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.  

anglogoldashantiBusinessLive reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) chairman Sipho Pityana has warned of further job cuts in mining, saying SA’s macroeconomic policies made it impossible to sustain jobs.  

santacoBusiness Report writes that the planned taxi protest against the government on Wednesday has been suspended for further engagement on the issues raised by the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) during its meeting with government on Friday.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Thursday said the just-ended African National Congress (ANC) policy conference “failed abysmally to resolve, or even seriously debate, the major issues” facing the country.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that CEOs of JSE-listed large-cap basic resources companies are the highest paid among their peers, despite spectacular share price declines among stocks in this sector over the past decade.  

numsaEngineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday warned of an imminent strike in the metals and engineering sector, after the latest round of negotiations reached a deadlock on Thursday.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLive reports that the SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Friday won an interdict against Black First Land First (BLF) to stop the movement from intimidating and attacking journalists reporting on state capture.  

numsaBusinessLive reports that operations at the Transnet offices in Richards Bay were expected to come to a standstill on Friday as a result of a protest march by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).