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.

DCSHeraldLive reports that the Eastern Cape Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has warned job seekers not to fall prey to an ongoing scam.  

newsCaxton News Service reports that twenty five people were injured after the truck they were travelling in fell into a ditch at a farm in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal.  

NorthamANA reports that Northam management announced on Wednesday that underground operations had resumed at its Zondereinde mine on Tuesday night.  

protestGroundUp reports that on Tuesday about 40 members of the SA Social Services Union (Sassu) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) picketed the Western Cape Department of Social Development.  

statssaBoth the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and Solidarity have expressed concern at Statistics SA’s latest findings that there are more than 41, 000 vacant posts at municipalities countrywide.  

ramaphosaNews24 reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called for a rejuvenation of the labour movement within the governing tripartite alliance on Tuesday.  

sapsSowetanLive reports that according to a research report launched on Tuesday at the University of Johannesburg, just under half the protests recorded by police between 1997 and 2013 were labour protests.  

numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said its members would return to work for the nightshift on Tuesday at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde after staying away since Monday last week after violence broke out at the site.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 14 June 2016

handcuffsANA reports that four people, including a murder suspect, were arrested at the Northam platinum mine near Thabazimbi in Limpopo during an operation in the area of the mine on Monday night.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 13 June 2016.

saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that SA Airways (SAA) chairwoman Dudu Myeni may have blown a hole in a critical arbitration between the SAA Pilots Association, SAA and Mango when she said SAA subsidised Mango.  

WorkingOnFireTMG Digital reports that the firefighters who downed hoses in a pay dispute had attended a boot camp in Gauteng to prepare for the trip to Canada‚ learning technical and social skills, including how to handle money.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it would embark on a march on Tuesday to the Lily Gold Mine to hand over a memorandum of grievances.  

AlexanderForbesSowetanLive reports that thousands of workers cashed in R42-billion of their pensions over the last year.  This was revealed by pension fund administrators Alexander Forbes in its annual results for the year ended March 2016.  

statssaBDLive reports that municipalities recorded a staggering 41,303 vacancies in 2015, with six of the country’s metros being the worst affected.  This is according to Statistics SA (Stats SA) data from its nonfinancial municipal census, released last week.  

earningsTerry Bell reports that the combined trade unions represented at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) may at last be reaching an agreed position on a national minimum wage (NMW).  

graduate thumb100 Cape Argus reports that more and more desperate graduates are advertising their services on street corners.  This report details the stories of three such young graduates.  

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Monday said it was “utterly dismayed” and in “disbelief” to learn that one of its billboards had been vandalised.  

netcareBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity said on Monday that hospital group Netcare had postponed the planned centralisation of its credit control department in order to allow the parties to consult properly.  

ednamolewaANA reports that Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Minister Edna Molewa on Monday congratulated the SA firefighters who were deployed to Canada to assist in fighting wildfires.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that a full-blown municipal strike is looming in Nelson Mandela Bay, with the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) threatening a complete shutdown of services this week across all departments.  

manpowergroupBDLive reports that an employment outlook survey of 754 South African employers by HR consulting firm Manpower found that 12% expected to hire more people, while 6% anticipated retrenching.  The rest said they would keep staffing levels unchanged.  

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

RBPlatReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has secured a “closed shop” agreement at platinum producer Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), it said on Monday.  

WorkingOnFireTMG Digital reports that South African fire fighters who embarked on a strike over wages in Canada will return home on Tuesday.  

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

gavel thumb100 City Press reports that gold mining companies have lodged appeals against last month’s certification of a potentially enormous class action by former mine workers with silicosis and TB.  

employment thumb100 TMG Digital reports that only 48.8% of high school students surveyed this year believe that South Africa would be a great place to have a successful career‚ compared to 74% who held this positive sentiment in 2012.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of Solidarity, assesses the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) proposed new Mining Charter, concluding that radically fast-tracked transformation has now taken precedence over all else.