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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 6 November 2018.

ambulanceEWN reported on Tuesday that emergency medical services (EMS) workers in the Eastern Cape remained on strike.  

cwu thumb medium90 95EWN reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) expects hundreds of its members at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to wear black on Wednesday as part of the build-up to a shutdown on Friday.  

newsThe Citizen reports that Johannesburg-based staffing company Innovative Staffing Solutions has fired 300 drivers after they tested positive for marijuana (dagga).  

samwu thumb medium80 78EWN reports that some workers at the West Rand District Municipality are on strike over the payment of employee benefits, including housing allowances and medical aid.  

strike thumb medium85 85Kempton Express reports that what began as a surprise strike in the packaging industry three weeks ago has descended into all-out war.  

sabcSowetanLive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has hit back at the public broadcaster.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that the Northern Cape is facing a healthcare crisis, with its hospitals and clinics battling acute shortages of staff, medicines and ambulances.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced an increase in the minimum wage for all workers in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).  

saa thumb medium95 76BL PREMIUM reports that Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan indicated on Monday that he did not believe SAA, which has lost about R18bn in the past four financial years and is dependent on state guarantees, should be sold.  

harmonyHarmony Gold advised on Monday that one of its employees succumbed to his injuries on Saturday after having been involved in a rail bound equipment accident on 29 October 2018.  

DenelBusinessLive reports that members of trade union Solidarity at struggling state-owned arms manufacturer Denel have rejected a proposal to cut their salaries by about 20% from the end of November.  

strike thumb medium85 85Fin24 reports that blame for instances of violence and intimidation swung back and forth between Gold Fields and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) after the first weekend of industrial action at the company’s South Deep mine.  

numsaBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will be launching its long-awaited worker’s party, the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP), in December.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that state-owned freight company Transnet has appointed Tau Morwe as acting group chief executive following the axing of Siyabonga Gama.  

presidencyBusinessLive reports that according to presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko, the signing into law of the national minimum wage bill, which was passed by the National Council of Provinces in August 2018, is “imminent”.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 5 November 2018.

newsSowetanLive reports that an elderly man has accused a farm owner of desecrating his family-marked graves for cattle grazing.  Former farmworker Paul Swele, 64, from Bela Bela in Limpopo, said his plea with the farmer owner to allow him to mark the graves again had been ignored.  

sacpEWN reports that the SA Communist Party (SACP) has warned the African National Congress (ANC) that should retrenchments go ahead at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and other state entities, it could cost the ANC a chunk of the workers’ votes in the general election.  

pravingordanFin24 reports that ‘pay back the money’ was Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s message to corrupt individuals who has stolen from SA Airways (SAA).  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that the head of eThekwini’s legal and compliance unit was this week found guilty of hate speech, racism and gross dishonesty.  Gideon Phungula made headlines when a recording of him referring to city treasurer Krish Kumar by the c-word went viral.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that hotel and gaming group Tsogo Sun is set to bail out executives who face losses on the R200m interest-free loan they were granted in 2014 to purchase shares.  

ImperialCity Press reports that beneficiaries of a multibillion-rand employee trust are fighting in court for it to be dissolved owing to concerns about a lack of transparency and because it is allegedly not benefiting them.  

kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune writes that while the country is shedding jobs, the future looks brighter for KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), which registered the highest increase of employment in the third quarter.  

gautengThe Star reports that for the past three years, Abey Marokoane has been fighting to clear his name after being fired and arrested for corruption.  

Stats SABusiness Times reports that statistician-general Risenga Maluleke has warned that Statistics SA was losing key technical staff at a rate faster than it was able to replace them, which could hamper the organisation's ability to do its work.  

numTimesLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday that Greenpeace had been “reckless” when it stated that Mpumalanga has the worst nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution across six continents.  

MangoBusiness Report writes that struggling low-cost airline Mango allegedly paid R1 million to a recruitment agency to find a permanent chief executive.  But it ended up appointing the airline’s chief financial officer Marelize Labuschagne in an acting capacity after she threatened to resign because she was not consulted.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) on Friday hit out at finance minister Tito Mboweni for suggesting that the loss-making state-owned airline SAA should be closed down.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 2 November 2018.