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.

unisaThe Citizen reports that the University of SA (Unisa) has obtained an urgent interdict to stop a student leader and former temporary workers from participating in protest action, carrying weapons of any kind, taking hostages or disrupting university activities.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that three Tshwane Emergency Services paramedics were robbed at gunpoint while attending to a patient in the back of a City ambulance in Soshanguve (Block GG) over the weekend.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLive reports that grieving families can call a hotline to determine the progress of autopsies on the bodies of relatives while a go-slow continues at the Fort Napier medico legal mortuary in KwaZulu-Natal.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 28 November 2018.

goldfieldsMining Weekly reports that Gold Fields says the settlement agreement offered to striking workers will expire at 17:00 on Friday, 30 November and has warned that no further “sweetener deals” will be introduced should the deadline lapse.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Sibanye-Stillwater on Wednesday reported that acts of violence continued to be experienced at its SA gold operations, where a strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members was underway.  

education90The Mercury reports that the number of students training to be teachers at tertiary institutions in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) should be reduced because there is an “oversupply” in the province.  

sabcIOL News reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has slammed a bid by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to recover more than R21.7 million from him for illegal appointments and dismissals at the public broadcaster.  

goldfieldsFin24 reports that Gold Fields has presented a new offer to the National Union of Mineworkers in an attempt to end the union’s almost four-week strike at South Deep against retrenchments, but a union official says it is unlikely to be accepted.  

sabcEWN reports that the board and top management of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have been told to carry out skills and salary audits before pressing ahead with plans to cut jobs at the public broadcaster.  The SABC is technically insolvent.  

northwestprovinceEWN reports that the North West Health Department has suspended four employees for allegedly vandalising property at the provincial offices in Mahikeng.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLive reports that workers shut down the Fort Napier Medico Legal Mortuary in Pietermaritzburg on Monday and Tuesday, turning away families who had come to fetch the bodies of loved ones.  

SaftuBusinessLive reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) dealt a major blow to its affiliate the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Tuesday, by rejecting its newly registered Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP).  

saqaBusinessLive reports that according to Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor, misrepresentation of qualifications was a major concern in the public and private sectors.  

omniaBusinessLive reports that Omnia, a provider of specialised chemical products and services, is to cut 125 jobs, or 15% of the jobs, in its chemicals business.  

nsfasBusinessLive reports that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) on Tuesday warned that Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) colleges should brace themselves for a wave in January of last minute, “walk-in” applications for places.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the loss-making SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says no lender is prepared to do business with it amid a severe cash crunch that could result in the public broadcaster failing to pay salaries and service providers in the coming months.  

goldfieldsMining Weekly reports that Gold Fields on Tuesday said it had acted in “utmost good faith” and insisted that the currently planned retrenchment of 1,082 employees and 420 contractors at its South Deep mine was a last resort.  

SARSEWN reports that former SA Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Tom Moyane's fight to get his job back will now play out in the High Court after the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) dismissed his application to be heard in the matter.  

newsNews24 reports that working dads are now entitled to 10 days of paternity leave after the birth of their children.  This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the labour relations and labour amendment acts into law on Friday.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Monday that it was preparing for a strike at private healthcare group, Clinix.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Report writes that Sibanye-Stillwater (Sibanye) is set to undergo an organisational review that would affect its management structure.  

SanefNews24 reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has declined a request to meet with the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) to discuss threats and intimidation leveled at the media by its leader, Julius Malema.  

newsNews24 reports that police are on the hunt for the culprits who set alight three trucks at a packaging industry strike in the east of Johannesburg this week.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that listed producer Tharisa has reached a two-year wage agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at the Tharisa platinum group metals and chrome mine, near Rustenburg.  

MantasheReuters reports that in a setback for negotiations aimed at ending a weeks-long strike at South Deep, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Monday that Gold Fields was not acting in good faith in talks with the government over planned job cuts.  

strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that the strike over salaries and other benefits by disgruntled West Rand District Municipality workers entered its fifth week on Monday, with no end in sight.  

numEWN reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says its members at the Optimum Coal mine are not willing to return to work until their salaries have been paid.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is playing a high-stakes poker game with the steely Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman over wage increases.  

Busa2Fin24 reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s signing of the National Minimum Wage Bill into law and has urged businesses to put measures in place to ensure they are able to comply.