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.

Mathunjwa2Reuters reports that the president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Thursday that his members were ready to strike for a year if necessary and would bring the platinum belt to a standstill if Impala Platinum (Implats) carried out plans to cut up to 13,400 jobs.  

transnetlogo thumb100 News24 reports that Transnet board chairperson Popo Molefe has warned that a "long list" of employees could be suspended or find themselves facing criminal charges.  

MineralsCouncilSAANA reports that the number of workers who have died in Sa mines to date this year is fifty-eight, higher than the 51 deaths during the same period in 2017.  

newsBusinessLive reports that civil society organisations have commended the new report into the events of 16 August 2012 in Marikana where 34 miners were shot dead.  

amcu thumb medium80 81SowetanLive reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), has described as little the R100-million government offer for general damages made to the families of slain Marikana mineworkers.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 16 August 2018.

marikanacommission thumb100 ANA reports that retired judge Ian Farlam, who chaired the commission of inquiry into the Marikana massacre, on Wednesday expressed concern over the slow pace of implementing his recommendations.  

MantasheReuters reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that the plan by Gold Fields to cut jobs at its struggling South Deep mine failed to address "poor management".  

psaBusinessLive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) told MPs on Wednesday that no politician should chair the board of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).  

goldbarsANA reports that four trade unions on Wednesday rejected revised wage increases offers of up to 7.2% made by gold producers at the centralised collective bargaining forum for the sector.  

ancANA reports that the governing African National Congress (ANC) said on Wednesday that it was emphatically against any retrenchments in both the private and public sectors, and that it was unsustainable for mineworkers to continue to bear the brunt of job losses.  

marikanacommission thumb100 The Star reports that the widows of Marikana miners have complained of living in abject poverty while they wait for compensation following the police massacre of 34 breadwinners six years ago.  

newsTimeslive reports that Mugg & Bean (M&B) has re-employed a member of staff who claimed that he lost his job because customers did not want to be served by a black manager.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92GroundUp reports that a pall of thick black smoke covered Molly Blackburn Secondary School in Khayelitsha, Uitenhage, on Wednesday morning as scores of learners stood outside the gates, demanding six more permanent teachers.  

ambulanceGroundUp writes that in the opening minutes of Red Zone Paramedics, a documentary film that takes the viewer through the streets of Mitchells Plain on New Year’s Eve, paramedic Abdul Martin says, "I greet my family as if I’m going to war."  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that convicted murderer Martin Visser on Wednesday attempted suicide ahead of his sentencing in the Western Cape High Court sitting in Vredendal.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama and two other senior officials have been served with notices of intention to suspend them from the state-owned transport and logistics company.  

presidencyBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa is unhappy with the slow implementation of the Farlam commission of inquiry’s recommendations on Marikana.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on health has raised concerns about high staff vacancy rates and a shortage of space and supplies at health centres in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom has lodged a mutual interest dispute at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over demands made by trade unions during negotiations on Wednesday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 15 August 2018.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90ANA reports that platinum producer Lonmin said on Wednesday that it had made significant progress in delivering on its commitment to the Marikana community.  

fawuANA reports that members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) were joined by tobacco farmers and informal traders on Tuesday as they marched to the National Treasury offices in Pretoria’s CBD.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a Lutzville farmer was found guilty on Tuesday of murdering a farmworker by beating him with a spade, dragging him with a quadbike, and then burying him behind his father's smallholding three years ago.  

VantageGoldfieldsBusinessLive reports that the new owners of the distressed Vantage Goldfields and its shuttered Lily and Barbrook mines are hoping to put tragedy behind them as they prepare to revive operations.  

cosatuThe Citizen writes that the threat by labour federation Cosatu not to vote for the ANC in next year’s election might be more huff and puff than reality.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that after visiting the North Rand Training Centre at the Randjesfontein Race Course in Midrand‚ Gauteng on Tuesday, Parliament’s labour portfolio committee said it was "not impressed" with the living conditions of horse grooms.  

nickhollandNick Holland, CEO of Gold Fields, writes for Business Day that the gold producer’s plan to potentially cut up to almost 1,600 jobs at its struggling South Deep mine is a “last-gasp measure”.  

southafricalogoFinancial Mail reports that SA’s new registrar for labour relations, Adv. Lehlohonolo Molefe, has been entrusted with restoring regulatory compliance among SA’s employee and employer organisations.   

cosatuSowetan reports that Cosatu’s second deputy president, Zingiswa Losi, seems to be getting a lot of support to succeed S’dumo Dlamini as the labour federation’s president.