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.

strike thumb medium85 85HeraldLive reported on Friday that specialist manufacturer BASF was seeking a court interdict to stop strike action at its Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth.  This after members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) downed tools on Wednesday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 12 August 2016

boardroomtableSABC News reports that talks to end the ongoing wage strike in the petroleum sector have been adjourned until next week.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 11 August 2016.

telkom thumb100 ITWeb reports that members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at Telkom are on strike, as the union fights for salary increases for its members.  

retirementEngineering News reports that Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt maintains that the promises of politicians are always greater than the South African taxpayer’s capacity to deliver.  

strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that South Africa has been hit by wage-related strikes across several sectors, including energy, telecommunications and petrochemicals.  

vavi1SowetanLive reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Wednesday went to ground, refusing to answer questions about the poor performance of the United Front (UF) in the local government elections.  

earningsFinancial Mail reports that government is to create a panel of seven academic experts to try and resolve, by October, the impasse over the introduction of a national minimum wage (NMW).  

numsaFin24 reports that Eskom announced on Friday morning that it had reached a two-year wage agreement with its recognised trade unions, but the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is still considering the utility’s offer.  

strike thumb medium85 85eNCA reports that after a strike of two weeks in the petrochemical sector, employers and union members are meeting at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday.  

protestNetwerk24 reports that on Thursday members of a community forum in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district blockaded the Kathu and Deben T-junction that leads to the Black Rock mine with rocks and tree stumps.  

petrolpumpNetwerk24 reports that the petroleum sector strike is still ongoing and, while the SA Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) says there is sufficient supply to meet demand, some filling stations are experiencing delays with deliveries.  

gautengANA reports that six people died from burn wounds after fire broke out at the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve near Heidelberg, the Gauteng provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Thursday.  

sapsThe Citizen reports that ten police officers appeared at the Bergville and Ladysmith Magistrates’ Court on Thursday on corruption charges and were released on bail of R1,000 each.  The officers’ case was remanded to 15 August.  

newsThe Mercury reports that members of Durban’s Muslim community have slammed the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani hotel management for refusing to allow two Muslim student chefs to continue their internships if they did not remove their beards.  

eskomFin24 reports that the deadlock in the Eskom wage negotiations has been broken following a 14-hour marathon wage negotiation process brokered by the CCMA that lasted until the early hours of Friday morning.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 11 August 2016

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 10 August 2016.

CapeTownlogoTMG Digital reports that Cosatu is to take the City of Cape Town to court over its appointment of a mayoral committee (Mayco) which the labour federation says is heavily weighted in favour of white men.  

electricitypowerlines2BDLive reports that independent energy analyst Ted Blom reckons that Eskom’s production of electricity might be affected after two weeks of the strike initiated this week by members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  

numsaNetwerk24 reports that petrol pump attendants who are members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) could soon also be going on strike.  According to a report by EWN, the union warned about this possibility on Wednesday.  

CCMABDLive reports that power utility Eskom said on Thursday that it had begun meeting with three unions in mediation efforts over a wage dispute, with an unprotected stoppage by some employees yet to affect operations.  

graduate thumb100 BDLive reports that the South African Union of Students (SAUS) has warned that more campus protests are on the cards as it called for salaries of senior public servants to be decreased.  

marikanacommission thumb100 Greg Nicolson writes that four years ago to the day, NUM members fired shots at striking workers at Lonmin, Marikana, in an escalation that would lead to a massacre few days later.  

newsTMG Digital reports that councillors who fell out of favour in the municipal elections and those retiring will leave their jobs with payouts worth a total of R309m.  

cwu thumb medium90 95BDLive reports that Telkom and MTN are facing the prospect of renewed industrial action led by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which has bemoaned impending job losses and changes that could result in the erosion of employee benefits.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that an employee was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg East mine on 5 August.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that with Pretoria commuters having been left stranded without public transport for about a week, the capital’s mayor-elect Solly Msimanga on Wednesday went to the Tshwane Bus Depot to address employees and workers’ unions.  

strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents close to a third of Eskom’s workforce, downed tools on Wednesday in a nationwide strike over wages.