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 Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 13 May 2016.

richardsbaymineralsCity Press reports that an uneasy sense of calm has returned to Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) mine on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, which resumed operations this week after violent community protests forced a shutdown last week.  

VantageGoldfieldsBDLive reports that Lily Mine’s business rescue practitioner, Rob Devereux, says a plan for the mine will be delivered on Monday, including the development of a new shaft to restore operations and help recovery efforts for trapped mine workers.  

irvinjimIrvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), comments on the recent high court ruling that dismissed the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) challenge to section 32 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  

auroraCity Press reports that last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) turned down a request by the directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems for leave to appeal a judgment ruling them negligent.  

gavel thumb100 The New Age reports that a Bill that, if passed, will protect the public from shoddy garnishee orders was formally tabled in Parliament on Friday.  

sapsTMG Digital reports that a parliamentary reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) question has revealed that almost half as many new police officers came out of SAPS training academies into active service in the previous financial year compared to four years ago.  

JudiciaryThe Star reports that after nearly 10 years of being suspended from the Bench, it is unclear whether Judge Nkola Motata is still getting paid or not.  

goldbarsFranny Rabkin writes that the High Court in Johannesburg’s certification on Friday of the silicosis class action was only the first step on a very long road to compensation for mine workers suffering the debilitating effects of silicosis and tuberculosis (TB).  

nelsonmandelabayeNCA reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality finally has its own metro police force, seven years after the plan was first mooted, but the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is crying foul, saying it wasn't consulted.  

southafricalogoSowetanLive reports that six unions representing members in the public service have complained about political interference in disciplinary cases in the civil service.  

protestDispatchLive reports that Saturday marked 26 days since a group of more than 130 Eastern Cape pensioners, some in their 90s, commenced protest action outside Parliament in Cape Town.  

parliamentEWN reports that Parliament has accused the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) of leading a political campaign to destabilise the national legislature.  

joburgcityNews24 reports that the City of Johannesburg on Sunday released a report into the deaths of two of its firefighters who died in May 2015 at an inferno at the Nedbank Building in the CBD. 

meibcBusiness Times reports that a behind-the-scenes plan by an employer association to oust the general secretary of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) has been described as an attempt to topple a black man in charge.  

education90City Press reports that, in damning findings, the final report by Professor John Volmink’s team reveals that ‘jobs-for-cash’ in schools is endemic and claims the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is holding the education system hostage to political processes.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 14 May and Sunday, 15 May 2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 13 May 2016

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 12 May 2016.

solidariteitEWN reports that trade union Solidarity says former Aurora workers are entitled to at least R28,000 each, but Khulubuse Zuma says he still needs to consult his lawyers.  

employment thumb100 Reuters reports that the Cabinet said on Thursday it was taking measures to deal with a stubbornly high unemployment rate, which spiked to a record 26.7% in the first quarter.  

auroraThe Star reports that Aurora mine bosses Khulubuse Zuma and Zondwa Mandela could face criminal charges and a multimillion-rand lawsuit after they lost an application to appeal against a high court judgment that found them personally liable for the collapse of two mines.  

saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that the four trade unions in wage talks with South African Airways (SAA) have given conflicting accounts about whether or not negotiations have deadlocked.  

solidariteitBusinessTech reports that the latest South African Labour Market Index (LMI) for Q1 2016 published by union Solidarity shows that the local labour market has declined in every key metric.  

cosatuIOL News that Cosatu has labelled the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to deny an appeal application by directors of Aurora Empowerment System as a “huge victory” for the company’s workers.  

harmony kusasalethu thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the High Court in Johannesburg has certified a class action against gold mining companies in SA by mineworkers suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis (TB).  

vavi1News24 reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has been dodging offers to join political parties and become Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) mayoral candidate.  

gavel thumb100 TMG Digital reports that a full bench of the High Court in Johannesburg is on Friday expected to rule on whether silicosis sufferers may institute a class action against South Africa’s gold mining companies.  

newsANA reports that a man died and 13 others believed to be employees of mobile cellphone company MTN were critically injured when their minibus overturned near Zeerust on Thursday.  

earningsBusinessTech reports that Career Junction recently launched its 2016 Salary Review, which shows that Gauteng remains the best paying province, by some margin.