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.

jseBusinessLive reports that belt-tightening at JSE Limited, the company which operates the Johannesburg bourse, could lead to 14% of its staff being retrenched by the end of 2017.  

hawksANA reports that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks) said on Thursday that they had arrested six men for corruption, illegal dealing in precious metals, possession of gold and theft at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu gold mine.  

tshwane thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the EFF is credited with convincing the Joburg mayor to directly employ security guards for the metro from outsourced companies‚ but it appears unlikely that the party will replicate the feat in Tshwane.  

transnet thumb100 ANA reports that Transnet said on Thursday that it had experienced interruptions to its operations on the Richards Bay coal line as a result of violent community protests in certain areas of northern KwaZulu-Natal.  

pscEWN reports that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has agreed to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) request for an investigation into suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's very protracted disciplinary process.  

gautengEWN reports that Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says the strike by mortuary workers has resulted in a backlog of at least 150 bodies still needing postmortems.  

meibcEngineering News reports that with wage negotiations in the metals and engineering sector having come to a standstill, trade union Solidarity fears that a resulting strike would jeopardise the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  

anglogoldashantiBusinessLive reports that, ahead of formal retrenchment talks next week, unions at AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) have demanded that the company should account for its compliance with a pledge it signed in 2015 to preserve or even grow jobs in the sector.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that attempts to avert industrial action at the Pretoria Zoo officially collapsed on Thursday‚ with the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) slapping management of the National Zoological Gardens of SA (NZG) with a strike notice.  

gautengBusinessLive reports that Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has announced that her department has conceded to mortuary workers’ demands for a better wage deal in order to get them back on the job.  

SanefTimesLive reports that the High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday held that the application by the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) to halt attacks on journalists by Black First Land First (BLF) was urgent.  

citypowerEngineering News reports that former City Power MD Sicelo Xulu, who was relieved from his position by City of Johannesburg (CoJ) Mayor Herman Mashaba this week, refuted media reports that he was corrupt or that there was any corruption within the municipal entity.  

uasa thumb medium70 84Engineering News reports that the United Association of SA (Uasa) on Thursday said a strike in the sugar industry had been averted following the conclusion of an across the board wage agreement.  

GEMSBusinessLive reports that the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) has turned its finances around by tightening control of hospital admissions and introducing new rules for public servants who hop on and off the scheme as their healthcare needs wax and wane.  

witsuniversityBusinessLive reports that the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has had to institute some wide-ranging cuts in its operational budget to make provision for insourcing, while also staving off a deficit.  

amaBhunganeBusinessLive reports that investigative journalist team amaBhungane has discovered that leaked e-mails reveal that sexual harassment of junior female employees by the Gupta brothers was rife.  

sadtu90City Press writes that at least three teaching colleges have been reopened by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande since plans were first mooted five years ago, but the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) believes it’s not enough.  

santacoBloomberg reports that minibus taxi operators on Thursday suspended plans to strike on 12 July, pending the outcome of talks with Transport Minister Mkhacani Maswanganyi.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday announced it would oppose AngloGold Ashanti's (AGA’s) retrenchment notice which could leave as many as 8,500 workers jobless.  

boardroomtableTimesLive reports that union leaders and Pretoria Zoo management were due to meet again on Thursday morning in a last-ditch attempt to avert a strike that could affect the feeding of animals and cleaning of enclosures.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 5 July 2017.

minerBusinessLive reports that five years after CEO Barry Kistnasamy was appointed to turn around the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases (CCOD), the institution is still grappling with a mammoth claims backlog for mine workers with lung diseases.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that negotiations began on Tuesday between the Department of Home Affairs and three unions on the terms applicable to a new Saturday shift.  

labourcourtsSowetanLive reports that axed Eskom boss Brian Molefe conducted his Labour Court case in bad faith, hence he was slapped with an order to pay the costs for the latest round in the matter.  

goldbarsSowetanLive reports that AngloGold Ashanti’s (AGA’s) planned closure of mining operations is likely to leave towns neighbouring Klerksdorp, businesses and communities in dire straits.  

tshwane thumb100 The Star reports that the fight by security guards contracted to the City of Tshwane took another turn on Tuesday when they marched to the EFF offices in Pretorius Street, accusing the party leaders of being sell-outs.  

SaftueNCA reports that, pointing out that an attack on journalists was an attack on South African citizens, the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) have called for the protection of journalists.  

ancwlANA reports that the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Wednesday criticised the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) for bringing six male delegates to the party’s policy conference, accusing the league of ''playing into the hands of patriarchy''.  

sabcThe Mercury reports that former Lotus FM jock Ravi Govender says his axing over social media comments about President Jacob Zuma was not warranted and the matter has been blown out of proportion.  

labourcourtsANA reports that the Labour Court on Tuesday postponed the hearing of Brian Molefe’s challenge to his dismissal as Eskom CEO, pending the outcome of high court applications by the DA and the EFF for his re-appointment to be ruled invalid and set aside.