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.

OldMutualBL Premium writes that the gloves are off in the battle between Old Mutual and its former CEO Peter Moyo, who has accused the insurer’s chair, former finance minister Trevor Manuel, of being heavily conflicted in overseeing the managed separation of the SA business from its UK operations.  

denosa thumb medium60 92TimesLIVE reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has withdrawn its members from night-shift duty at the Phola Park Clinic in Thokoza in Ekurhhuleni following a security breach at the health facility on Sunday night.  

crlcommissionTimesLIVE reports that the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) has offered to mediate in the disciplinary action by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) against a Muslim member charged with refusing to remove her headscarf.  

numsaBusinessLive reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), it is willing to revisit its demand for higher wages in the automotive sector, which analysts warn would scare away investors and add to SA’s unemployment crisis.  

DisChemBusiness Report writes that Dis-Chem Pharmacies has paid its chief executive Ivan Saltzman a total remuneration package of R12.84-million for the year to end-February – a decline of 21.87% compared with the R16.43m in 2018.  

FoskorCity Press reports that a BEE share ownership plan (Esop) at Foskor, which was valued at more than R350 million, has crashed, leaving the dreams of more than 1,800 employees in tatters.  

DenelCity Press reports that employees at state-owned enterprise Denel are unhappy with the R1.5 million “sign-on” bonus paid to CEO Danie du Toit.  He joined Denel on 14 January and the cash-strapped arms manufacturer paid the money to him as an incentive.  

ambulanceThe Star reports that paramedics have been described as “sitting ducks" following a wave of violent attacks on emergency services personnel across the country in recent weeks.  

protestANA reports that workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) were due to stage a protest march in Polokwane on Monday and hand over a memorandum to the department of mineral resources and energy, demanding the reopening of the Dilokong chrome mine.  

petrolpumpCape Argus reports that according to the Department of Energy, motorists can expect a fuel price drop on Wednesday, which will be the first in six months.  

handcuffsIndependent News reports that according to the national traffic anti-corruption unit of the Road Traffic Management Unit (RTMC), together with the Hawks, at least 95 officials from licensing departments around the country have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and corruption in the past financial year.  

GEPFPersonal Finance reports that following the recent gazetting of the Government Employees Pension Law Amendment Bill, Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) members will no longer be subject to its “debt model” in the case of divorce.  

picPretoria News reports that, with the commission of Inquiry into allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) resuming this week, the Public Servants Association (PSA) expects the chairman, retired Judge Lex Mpati, and his team to deal with its list of grievances.  

OldMutualBL Premium reports that Old Mutual is seeking legal advice about recouping a portion of incentive bonuses paid to former CEO Peter Moyo, was fired in June due to a breakdown in trust and conflicts of interest.  

SolidarityANA reports trade union Solidarity on Friday indicated that it had served Denel with a demand under section 165 of the Companies Act to take immediate legal action against those responsible for the financial predicament the state-owned arms manufacturer found itself in.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 28 June 2019.

edconMoneyweb reports that despite Edcon cutting its store numbers by around 150 and reducing floor space in others over the last 18 months as part of its turnaround plan, the retailer has managed to save most of the jobs within the group.  

mantasheBusinessLive reports that workers at Lanxess chrome mine, including 56 previously dismissed employees, were due expected to return to their posts on Monday, after a nine-day strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

MultiChoiceBusinessLive reports that on Friday pay-TV operator MultiChoice concluded its first meeting with stakeholders in an ongoing retrenchment process that could result in up to 2,194 employees losing their jobs.  

boardroomtableBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is demanding a one-year 20% wage increase across the board in the automotive industry after its previous three-year wage agreement ended on 30 June.  

ambulanceSowetanLive reports that an ambulance crew in Johannesburg came under attack while attending to a person who had been assaulted at the weekend.  

numSowetanLive reports that according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), a Lesotho national was killed in a rockfall incident at the Samancor Eastern chrome mine in Limpopo on Friday night.  

SANParksSowetanLive reports that according to SA National Parks (SANParks) management, there had been no disruptions at the Kruger National Park on Sunday amid a rumoured employee strike.  

numsaSowetanLive reports that about 300 miners emerged from the Lanxess Chrome Mines near Rustenburg on Thursday after spending nine days underground as part of a sit-in in protest against mine management.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLIVE reports that an impromptu protest by employees of the Passenger Rail Service of SA (Prasa) resulted in major train delays in Cape Town on Thursday and left many early peak-hour commuters stranded.  

protestThe Citizen reports that Vermont Old Age Home in Hornlee, Knysna, is no stranger to controversy, with the latest being an attempted hunger strike by residents in sympathy with the centre’s “overworked and underpaid” caregivers and staff members.  

BasilReadBusinessLive reports that Basil Read, which is fighting for survival after being forced into business rescue a year ago, says it has retrenched all staff not currently working on projects and will move out of its head office in Johannesburg to cut costs.  

newsThe Sunday Independent reports that two main labour federations will this week be meeting with their affiliates to discuss plans of action in response to looming retrenchments by major companies.  

GoDurbanSunday Tribune reports that an eThekwini municipal spokesperson said last week that the city’s new rapid transport system, Go!Durban, would go live in September, but the taxi association say it won’t, until the city has resolved differences with them.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 27 June 2019.