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.

phiyegaANA reports that it was asserted on Thursday that Riah Phiyega was restricted from intervening in the labour unrest in North West prior to the Marikana massacre, and so there’s no way she could be liable for the orders that led to the massacre.  

numCape Times reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has lost 40% of its members in five years, which has resulted in the union operating at a financial loss since 2013.  

earningsBDLive writes that the £9m remuneration package that is on the cards for Old Mutual CEO Bruce Hemphill is part of a "unique pay structure designed for a unique set of circumstances", a group spokesman said on Thursday.  

OakbayBusiness Report writes that Gupta-owned information technology company Sahara Computers retrenched 40 workers on Thursday after it failed to resolve an ongoing battle with South Africa's major banks.  

bladenzimandeBDLive reports that the government remains confident of meeting its target of producing 30,000 artisans per year in line with the National Development Plan, despite the challenges faced by some training institutions.  

implatsANA reports that Impala Platinum Holdings said on Thursday that rescue teams were digging deeper into the ground in a bid to find trapped miner Ohemile Moses Maamogwa.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 2 June 2016

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phiyegaANA reports that the Claassen board of inquiry probing the fitness for office of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega heard on Thursday that she must be must be removed from office.  

sasboMoneyweb reports that the Finance Union Sasbo has come out in support of banks’ decision to terminate their relationships with Oakbay Investments and the Guptas.  

ehrenreichTMG Digital reports that Cosatu’s Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich has challenged Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille to a public debate, in an escalating war of words over how the city is run.  

numBusiness Report writes that the divided National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has been weakened by leaders who are interested in forming part of the mooted new union federation.  

earningsFinancial Times reports that a shareholder rebellion was brewing at Old Mutual on Wednesday after the financial services group proposed a payout of 1,000% of base salary for its CEO Bruce Hemphill.  

sandf thumb medium90 89SABC News that the defence ministry is on a recruitment drive for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as the Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, is worried about the ageing force and declining capability.  

ufsSABC News reports that striking workers at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein have blocked the main entrance at the institution with their vehicles.  

santacoSABC News reports that the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says plans for a taxi strike are going ahead.  

implatsANA reports that the family of a trapped Impala Platinum (Implats) miner was due on Wednesday to go underground to see where he went missing.  

encaSowetanLive writes about the eNCA “doek” controversy relating to the decision to remove a reporter’s footage from a bulletin because she was wearing a head scarf (doek).  

newsTimesLive writes that the murder of a Gauteng estate agent has brought home the dangers of the job.  Hanlie Lategan was found dead in a stream in Randfontein, 20km away from where she arranged to meet potential home-buyers from Cape Town on Monday.  

auditorgeneralBDLive reports that Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu said on Wednesday that, despite an increase in the number of municipalities receiving clean audits, local government remained too reliant on the use of consultants.  

angloamerican fullBloomberg reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has reduced the number of job cuts tied to restructuring at its Union mine and Twickenham project by 85% as it moves workers to other projects.  

FronemanBusiness Report writes that Sibanye Gold boss Neal Froneman has thrown down the gauntlet at unions, charging that the industry would no longer tolerate strikes as a means to push it into making compromises during negotiations.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 1 June 2016

sapuANA reports that the South African Policing Union (Sapu) on Tuesday condemned the murder of a police officer in Ritavi, Limpopo, and called for government intervention.  

OakbaySABC News reports that employees of the Gupta-owned business empire have vowed to continue their services despite the likelihood of not receiving their salaries in June.  

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Tuesday claimed that its members at Sibanye Gold’s Kroondal platinum mine had been suspended.  

saafDefence and security news publication defenceWeb writes that the aircraft maintenance capabilities of the SA Air Force (SAAF), including in respect of the presidential Boeing Inkwazi, have decreased dramatically.  

rustenburgmunicipalityANA reports that Rustenburg in North West has not fully recovered from the 2014 protracted strike in the platinum mines, executive mayor Mpho Khunou said on Tuesday.  

phiyegaNews24 reports that the closing arguments in the Claassen Board of Inquiry to investigate suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office, will be heard on Wednesday.  

meibcBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) has declared a dispute with employers over the extension of levy agreements to non-party members at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).