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.

cosatuBL PREMIUM writes that the e-tolls saga that has haunted the ANC since the implementation of the electronic tolling system on Gauteng highways in 2013 has set President Cyril Ramaphosa on a collision course with Cosatu.  

SARSTimesLive reports that suspended SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane has accused retired judge Robert Nugent of being hell-bent on portraying acting Sars commissioner Mark Kingon “as an angel” while Moyane was deemed “the devil incarnate”.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive writes that SA’s inability to absorb its growing labour force has resulted in the worsening of the unemployment rate, with the expanded rate rising to its worst level in a decade.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the murder and attempted murder trial of eight former Association of Mineworker and Construction Union (Amcu) leaders has been transferred to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.  

protestThe Citizen reports that nine of Limpopo’s 25 municipalities are expected to come to a standstill on Friday as Cosatu and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) put pressure on the ANC to axe cadres linked to the VBS Mutual Bank scandal.  

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018.

sabcEWN reports that labour unions have criticised the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) intention to retrench a large section of its workforce as part of a restructuring strategy.  

newsThe Star reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) and several Cosatu and Saftu unions have been fingered for allegedly misrepresenting their membership in the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council.  

gautengThe Star reports that the Gauteng Department of Health is paying nearly R175,000 every month to guard the Bank of Lisbon building, which caught fire on 5 September, leading to the tragic deaths of three firefighters.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the government is to develop a remuneration strategy in all its three spheres and in public entities to help provinces and national departments cope with the added financial burden of footing public servants’ wage increases.  

handcuffsSowetanLive writes that the family member of an Ekurhuleni car guard who was reportedly killed by a motorist have expressed shock and distress at his death.  

pandorThe Citizen reports that Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor said on Monday that colleges should equip students with skills required by industry through changing the nature of tuition programmes offered so as to close the gap between education and workplace.  

Solidarity2Engineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday announced that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) had approved its application to undertake a lawful strike against the exclusion of white employees from employee share ownership plans.  

Stats SAEngineering News reports that the official unemployment rate increased to 27.5% during the third quarter, compared with 27.2% in the second quarter and 26.7% in the first quarter.  This translated to 6.2m unemployed people.  

Sharks BoardDaily News reports that a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Sharks Board employee had to be airlifted to hospital after he began experiencing chest pains whilst out at sea on Monday.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that suspended SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane has made a submission to President Cyril Ramaphosa on why he should not be removed from his post.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that one hundred members of the new Rail Enforcement Unit began their maiden voyage at Cape Town train station on Monday.  

newseNCA reports that members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday gathered outside the Civitas building in Pretoria, refusing to enter for work.  

sabcFin24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and labour unions have agreed to appoint a facilitator from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in respect of its restructuring exercise, which could affect 981 jobs.  

coalEngineering News reports that the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Black Business Council (BBC) have called for amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Engineering News reports that train collisions accounted for the highest number of safety incidents in the rail sector during 2017/18, the Railway Safety Regulator’s (RSR’s) annual safety report showed.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90GroundUp reports on the application of the Mining Forum of SA (MFSA) to the North West High Court to have the mining licences suspended of Lonmin, as well as Eastern Platinum and Western Platinum (both controlled by Lonmin).  

education90BusinessLive reports that a top European Union (EU) official has expressed great concern about the mismatch between SA’s education system and the skills required for the job market.  

eskomIOL News reports that senior Eskom officials, former executives and former board members might face criminal prosecution after Parliament approved recommendations that they be prosecuted for corruption.  

durbanDaily News reports that angry Expanded Public Works Programme (EPW) workers stormed the Durban City Hall offices on Monday, demanding to talk to city treasurer Krish Kumar.  

Stats SABusiness Report writes that economists believe this week’s unemployment data will remain stubbornly high amidst weak economic growth.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that the long-awaited City Rail Enforcement Unit was finally deployed on Cape Town’s rail network on Monday morning following a number of delays.  

employment thumb100 Rhodes University academic Professor Owen Skae writes that the recent Jobs Summit, anchored by President Cyril Ramaphosa, promised a lot but delivered very little substance.  

retirementBusinessLive reports that according to the 2018 Mercer Melbourne Global Pension Index, SA’s pensioners on average received the lowest income of all countries that have a functioning pension system.  

cosatuTimesLive reports that Cosatu in Gauteng will embark on a stayaway on Friday to protest against e-tolls and will deliver a memorandum to President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria.