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.

protestSABC News reports that Metrobus commuters protested at Ghandi Square in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday morning, reportedly over changes to the bus schedules.  

numANA reports that eight National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members were due to appear in court on Wednesday after they were arrested outside Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has approached the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein in a bid to overturn a ruling that ordered him to repay R11m he received from the power utility’s pension fund.  

MantasheANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday that he intended to have discussions with the police minister in a bid to curb illegal mining.  

SipunziThe National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) issued a statement on Tuesday strenuously denying the “lies or fake news that are being peddled by the mainstream media” that its general secretary David Sipunzi was “flirting” with the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

ancANA reports that labour federation Cosatu says there is a link between political killings in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the regional and provincial conferences of its African National Congress (ANC) alliance partner.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that a labour think-tank at Wits University said on Tuesday that the Department of Labour was undermining the draft legislation on the national minimum wage (NMW) by ignoring instructions from the parliamentary portfolio committee.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the government and its employees have once again failed to reach a settlement in crucial wage talks that will have a decisive effect on the state of SA’s public finances.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Times writes that Neal Froneman, hailed as the saviour of SA’s ageing and decrepit gold mining industry and well regarded by investors, now faces the challenge of rising fatalities at his Sibanye-Stillwater operations.  

DenelEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday welcomed the resignation of Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe.  

GEMSDaily News reports that calls by private doctors and private ambulances and emergency services to have the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) scrapped is gaining momentum.  

SARSEWN reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a hardline approach with suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that SA’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 26.7% in the first quarter of 2018, Statistics SA indicated in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), released on Tuesday.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom has frozen all new appointments as well as pay increases and bonuses for senior management as it battles to reduce its crippling operating costs.  

ShopriteTimeslive reports that an electrical contractor was killed and two colleagues seriously burnt when a transformer exploded and caught fire during an inspection at a Shoprite warehouse in Cape Town on Tuesday.  

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018.

MantasheANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday urged mining companies to give consistent priority attention to fall of ground and seismic-related accidents.  

mildredoliphantBusinessLive reports that according to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, some of the "propaganda" against the national minimum wage (NMW) was nothing more than electioneering and an attempt to score cheap political points.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that platinum producer Lonmin, which is being bought by Sibanye-Stillwater, announced on Monday that it would cut thousands of jobs in the current financial year as part of its plans to release 12,600 workers in the next three years.  

Stats SAReuters reports that SA’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 26.7% of the labour force in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the last quarter of 2017, SA Statistics said on Tuesday.  

psaFin24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) is to start balloting its members in favour of a strike as the union grows increasingly frustrated with protracted public sector wage negotiations.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilCape Times reports that according to the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac), the bus sector would count the cost of the month-long strike for years to come as employees returned to work on Tuesday.  

gavel thumb100 City Press reports that the case of a Springs farmworker who was allegedly forced to drink faeces by his employer has been postponed to 29 May.  

sactwuThe Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) reported on Monday that it has settled its 2018 wage negotiations for the General Goods & Handbags (GGH) leather sector.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Timeslive reports that striking bus drivers are officially expected to return to work on Wednesday‚ although most might be back behind the wheel on Tuesday.  

EqualEducationTimeslive reports that, while protesting his innocence‚ Equal Education general secretary Tshepo Motsepe has resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.  An independent panel will now investigate the assertions made against him by some women staff at the civil society organisation.  

Solidarity2Engineering News reports that Solidarity on Monday announced an action plan in response to the decision by the US not to grant the SA steel and aluminium industries exemption from import tariffs.  

worldbankBusinessLive reports that the World Bank says SA needs a stronger education system to address the skills constraints hampering employment.  

SARSBusinessLIve reports that a dispute over procedure threatens to derail the disciplinary hearing of suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) boss Tom Moyane.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Fin24 reports that bus drivers have officially ended their protracted strike after reaching a compromise wage settlement with employers on Monday.  Drivers agreed to a 9% wage hike for the first year and 8% for the second year of a two-year deal.