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.

handcuffsTimeslive reports that police have claimed a big breakthrough in cash-in-transit heists‚ smashing a syndicate and arresting 23 people in raids across Pretoria and Johannesburg.  

cwu thumb medium90 95The Citizen reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which is leading a countrywide strike at the SA Post Office (Sapo) and at Telkom, is confident about breaking the wage increase deadlock with Sapo.  

eskomEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it’s hopeful that labour unions can resolve the ongoing wage dispute with Eskom when negotiations resume on Tuesday.  

fawuLandbou reports that since 27 June some 700 employees of the dairy processing company Parmalat have been locked-out of the company’s premises in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilBusinessLive reports that some of the five companies that have applied to be exempted from complying with the recent bus sector wage agreement want the agreement declared unlawful, unfair and unconstitutional.  

ancBusinessLive reports that the ANC and its alliance partners will hold their first political council since the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa as governing party president.  

FidelityNews24 reports that security company Fidelity says that despite figures indicating a reduction in cash-in-transit incidents during the month of June, it could be a different story for July.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 6 July 2018.

handcuffsNews24 reports that a female Tshwane metro police officer is among 23 people arrested last week for various crimes related to cash-in-transit heists.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that a woman described as “the mayor’s helper” is at the centre of an investigation after it emerged that she did not have the relevant qualifications or experience to take up a senior manager’s post at the eThekwini Municipality.  

VantageGoldfieldsMail & Guardian reports that just months after clinching a deal to revive the Lily Mine in Mpumalanga, Vantage Goldfields now faces claims that it was acting negligently while the mine was under care and maintenance.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Netwerk24 reports that the July school holidays have not been extended and schools will reopen on 17 July as planned.  

miners2Mining Weekly reports that workplace health and safety compensation funds Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company and the Department of Labour Compensation Fund on Thursday launched the Occupational Disease Prevention Campaign.  

MantasheFin24 reports that public consultations on the draft revision of the Mining Charter have been extended to the end of August to allow further engagements.  

prasaNews24 reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has condemned the hijacking and kidnapping of Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama, adding that the board must not be distracted by acts of criminality.  

eskomSABC News reports that unions at Eskom have said that the next round of wage talks with the power utility scheduled for Tuesday would be critical in determining whether a deal was possible or not.  

strike thumb medium85 85eNCA reported on Saturday that SA Post Office (Sapo) and Telkom workers belonging to three unions were on strike across the country.  

petrolpumpNews24Wire reports that government will in two weeks’ time announce a package of economic measures to cushion the public from the crippling effects of high fuel price hikes and the recent VAT increase.  

atmNews24 reports that two SBV security guards were shot dead on Friday during a cash-in-transit robbery in Tsolo, Eastern Cape.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that having earlier on Friday increased its wage offer from 6.2% to 6.7%, which unions NUM and Numsa rejected, Eskom increased its wage offer for the second time on Friday to 7% for 2018.  

petrolpumpBL Premium reports that cash-strapped Eskom, which is embroiled in a bruising wage dispute with its unions, has been paying almost R600,000 a month for its executives to run their cars.  

psaBusinessLive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has withdrawn its protest threat after receiving an assurance that Markus Jooste’s horses will not be not running in this weekend’s Durban July.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that embattled Eskom’s woes escalated on Thursday after two unions turned down the final offer the power utility put on the table last week.  

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

strike thumb medium85 85Timeslive reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hosted a dialogue on Thursday on the balance between the right to access of healthcare and the right of healthcare providers such as nurses to protest.  

sassaBusinessLive reports that the strike by workers at the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been called off, averting yet another disruption at the crisis-ridden agency.  

GayFlagTraveller24 writes that LGBTQI travellers have to take caution when emigrating to or touring in countries where their sexual orientation could put them at risk.  

NaspersBusiness Report writes that Naspers chief executive Bob van Dijk has been given an option to buy R196 million in shares at a fixed price of R3 207 a share, the closing price on 25 June, over a period of four years.  

sasolFin24 reports that Solidarity is planning to go ahead with strike action against Sasol over its new empowerment scheme, Sasol Khanyisa.  

handcuffsTimeslive reports that a Johannesburg licencing examiner was arrested on Tuesday for taking a R5‚000 bribe from a learner driver.