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.

earningsMoneyweb reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), which is responsible for dispute resolution between employees and employers, received over 6,000 referrals related to wage disputes in the first four months of 2019.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 3 May 2019.

strike thumb medium85 85SowetanLive reports that bus drivers have scored a big victory with the Essential Service Committee (ESC) ruling that public transport in general cannot be classified as an essential service.  

coalCity Press Business reports that the efforts of eight former Exxaro Arnot Colliery employees who were laid off in 2015 have paid off as their former employer has made them co-owners of the mine.  

sapsANA reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) said on Sunday that reports in the media suggesting that a reservoir in the Montclair area just outside Durban had been “bombed” were not only false, but also very irresponsible.  

protestGroundUp reports that dozens of paramedics and community health workers marched on Thursday to the Western Cape Department of Health in Cape Town to protest against what they claimed were long hours and dangerous working conditions.  

nhlsBusinessLive reports that the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has fired its CEO and CFO after a disciplinary hearing found they were guilty of misconduct relating to tenders worth an estimated R200m.  

SRWPIndependent News reports that the relationship between trade union allies Zwelinzima Vavi and Irvin Jim appears to have soured following the decision by Jim and leaders of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to form a party to contest next week’s elections.  

coalCity Press reports that the ongoing business rescue at Optimum Coal has finally claimed its first victims, with more than 400 workers at the mine having been served with retrenchment letters on Tuesday.  

Sibanye StillwaterTimesLIVE reports that underground operations resumed at Sibanye-Stillwater's Thembelani shaft in Rustenburg on Friday after it was certified safe for normal hoisting operations.  

strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that on Friday KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier Willies Mchunu warned that striking eThekwini Metro workers who illegally used municipal vehicles and caused damages would be held accountable.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 2 May 2019.

MantasheMining Weekly reports that mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe has called for urgent action to resolve the problems facing victims of state capture, particularly at the Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines.  

fawuIndependent News reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has been shaken by infighting following the suspension of its general secretary, Katishi Masemola, over the writing off of R19.2million in one of the union’s investment companies.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the alleged train arsonist who made a confession in court last week appeared quietly in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.  

nursing thumb medium90 93ANA reports that trade union Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Nursing on Thursday said it was vitally important that the Department of Health, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the SA Nursing Council (SANC) all get aligned with each other to resolve the current training crisis.  

pfaSowetanLive reports that Reshebile Aviation and Protection Services is scrambling to keep 400 security guards from downing tools after the company failed to pay their provident funds following a determination made by the Pension Fund Adjudicator (PFA).  

RTMCSowetanLive reports that eighteen traffic officers have hauled their employer to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for unfair discrimination after it hired new officers and paid them higher salaries.  

earningsThe Star writes that alleged racism in Gauteng schools has reared its ugly head again with accusations that white and Indian staff at Joburg's Mulbarton Primary School were paid up to twice as much as their black colleagues, regardless of qualifications or experience.  

Sibanye StillwaterBloomberg reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has been ordered to shut down the shaft at its Rustenburg platinum mine where 1,800 workers were trapped for as long as 10 hours on Tuesday due to an accident with an underground transport system.  

artisan2The Citizen writes that while SA’s unemployment rate of 27.1% in the fourth quarter of 2018 reflected a figure of 6.14 million jobless people, lack of skilled artisans has been singled out by experts as a major barrier to job creation and economic growth.  

equalopportunityBloomberg reports that South African women have benefited more than men from changes in the labour market and education opportunities since the end of apartheid.  

blsa thumb medium70 98BusinessLive reports that as SA’s growth outlook threatens to stutter once again in 2019, business has called labour to task for its alleged role in holding the economy back.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that frustrated waste-collectors were scheduled to march against Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg on Thursday to demand clarity on their futures.  

durbanDaily News reports that municipal workers in several key functions shut down parts of the Durban city centre on Thursday as their anger over salary hikes given to Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) veterans showed no signs of abating.  

amcu thumb medium80 81TimesLIVE reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) indicated on Tuesday that it was positive after its meeting with the registrar of labour relations where they "made it clear" that they were in "total compliance" with the union’s constitution.  

news shutterstockIn our morning roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared since
Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

earningsNews24 reports that speaking at a May Day rally held in Mbombela on Wednesday, Deputy President David Mabuza said the ANC believed the national minimum wage (NMW) was not a living wage but a significant milestone towards it.  

LosiEWN reports that Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Zingiswa Losi has appealed to the government to revoke licenses of mining companies that are not safety compliant.  

MantasheMining Weekly reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday officially handed over a 50% shareholding held by mining company Exxaro in the Arnot coal mine, in Middleburg, Mpumalanga, to former Arnot Coal employees.