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.

harmonyFin24 reports that about 1,700 miners refused to return to the surface of Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine on the West Rand on Wednesday, with the gold producer saying they had embarked on an illegal sit-in.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that Gauteng schools could face further teacher shortages this year, according to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu).  But the province’s education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, said on Wednesday there were enough teachers to deal with the annual surge of new pupils.  

RobertsonWineryGroundup reports that a new dispute has arisen at Robertson Winery (RW), with workers accusing the company of not respecting the agreement signed in November after a long strike.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that deliberations at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on a national minimum wage (NMW) and measures to stabilise labour relations are far advanced.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 11 January 2017

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handcuffsSowetan reports that two Mozambican national were arrested on Tuesday by Ekurhuleni police in connection with illegal mining in Springs.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the National Forum on the Legal Profession (NFLP), tasked with making the legal profession more accessible, says it will not budge from its recommended race and gender quotas in respect of the Legal Practice Council (LPC).  

ambulanceDaily News reports that the rampant attacks on paramedics in the private and public sector have prompted the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health to ask for government intervention, Dr Sifiso Mtshali, the Health HOD, said on Monday.  

chickensBusinessLive reports that major chicken producer RCL Foods says the government’s new 13.9% safeguard duty on imported bone-in chicken portions from the EU is "hopelessly inadequate".  

joburgcityANA reports that the City of Johannesburg has warned residents that services at some of its licensing centres would be affected following the arrest of several officials for fraud and corruption in a wide-ranging anti-graft clampdown.  

newsThe Citizen reports that National Forum of Advocates (NFA) has “urgently” called on Justice Minister Michael Masutha to reject recommendations by the National Forum on the Legal Profession (NFLP) relating to the composition of the SA Legal Practice Council.  

education90DispatchLive reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has called on the ANC in the Eastern Cape to convene an urgent meeting to deal with an education crisis in the province.  

NFPBusiness Report writes that the National Freedom Party (NFP) has called for an end to the importation of chickens.  

VantageGoldfieldsNetwerk24 reports that operations will recommence by the end of January at Vantage Goldfields’ Barbrook mine in Mpumalanga.  

ambulanceCape Argus reports that paramedics are increasingly coming under attack when responding to emergencies with many saying they fear for their lives.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that a binding vote on executive remuneration is on the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) radar, but it is not certain it will be included in the Companies Amendment Bill due to be put to the Cabinet next month.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 10 January 2017

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 9 January 2017.

numsaDewald van Rensburg gives his preview of expected labour developments in 2017 and says that the launch of a new union federation led by expelled Cosatu affiliates promises to give SA unionism a shot in the arm.  

parliamentCity Press reports that, having moved quickly to recruit police into the ranks of the parliamentary protection services, Parliament now has to deal with the consequences.  

farming thumb medium80 84The New Age reports that the trial of a Limpopo farmer accused of abusing and underpaying 300 Zimbabwean farm workers, whom he allegedly owed more than R1.6m in respect of the past 10 years, was thrown out of court after witnesses failed to show up.  

chickensANA reports that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Monday said the government had been working with the local poultry producers to address the challenges in the industry as a result of chickens imported from European Union (EU) countries.  

PSSATMG Digital reports that there is a lack of state posts for pharmacists to complete their year of community service‚ forcing them into unemployment.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that Western Cape health department paramedics are getting anti-hijacking training after a crew was robbed while attending to a patient in Khayelitsha in December.  

easterncape thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in the Eastern Cape is mulling court action to compel the legislature’s speaker to release a "jobs-for-sex" probe report.  

southafricalogoThe New Age reports that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is expected to release an investigation report into what led to the violent clashes two weeks ago at St Albans Prison in the Eastern Cape.  

ccciCape Argus reports that thousands of jobs are in limbo in the retail industry following what the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has described as an underwhelming festive season for traditional retailers who have been hit hard.  

zumaThe Star ANC president Jacob Zuma has issued a stern warning to mining houses to improve the living conditions of mineworkers or face consequences for failing to adhere to the Mining Charter.  

earningsMoneyweb reports that it was revealed in Tiger Brands’ integrated annual report, published in December, that the company paid new chief executive Lawrence Mac Dougall a sign on bonus of R20 million in 2016.