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 Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 27 June 2016.

sabcNews24 reports that senior journalists at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday threatened to down tools following the resignation of acting CEO Jimi Matthews from the public broadcaster.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94Business Report writes that Chevron South Africa has dismissed rumours circulating on social media of a fuel delivery strike.  The company, as well as and the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu), claimed no knowledge of the origins of the false strike notices.  

newsTMG Digital reports that using muti or traditional preparations to intimidate or threaten a colleague constitutes misconduct and is a dismissible offence.  

solidariteitBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity has threatened to take legal action against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) if it doesn't reinstate three of its suspended journalists.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Review Africa reports that according to a statement put out by the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu), eight National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members have been arrested by the SAPS at Northam Platinum’s Zonderinde hostel.  

sabcBloomberg reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is battling to quell a journalist revolt over censorship of programmes that portray the government in a negative light and its ban on screening footage of violent protests.  

prasaCape Times writes that acts of vandalism on infrastructure during protests and theft are costing the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) millions of rand and at times threaten to cripple the service.  

CapeTownlogoITWeb reports that on Monday the City of Cape Town announced the start of the orientation programme for the first group of Western Cape Skills for Africa students who will receive training in scarce ICT skills.  

OakbayBDLive reports that Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments has started using an international bank to conduct its business in SA following the closing of its bank accounts by the country’s four major banks.  However, it says the jobs of its 7,500 employees are still at "severe risk".  

LesothoflagBDLive reports that Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has extended the closing date of applications for Lesotho special permits to allow more time for Basotho to apply.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament on Tuesday suspended with immediate effect the chairperson of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) branch, Sthembiso Tembe, and a colleague, for disrupting a meeting and inciting workers.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that a Kraaifontein resident whose fiancée died in hospital on Monday after a collision on the N1 near Klapmuts on 3 June is holding the Health Department responsible for her death.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 28 June 2016

santacoSowetanLive reports that taxi commuters will participate in a new initiative to choose the best taxi driver of the year.  

cosatuNetwerk24 reports that Cosatu intends to strike next month to express its unhappiness with the state of public transport in the Western Cape.  

RamotshereMoiloaLogoSowetan reports that a North West municipality has allowed a senior employee to remain in his job despite internal investigations that he faked his qualifications and has an unsettled fraud case.  

sabcNews24 reports that an SABC journalist said on Monday that the climate at the public broadcaster has left many journalists feeling stressed and fearing for their jobs.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that doctors advocating to have their 30-hour work shift policy reviewed have vowed to continue pressurising Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s department.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 27 June 2016

ann7BDLive reports that labour federation Cosatu is demanding the reinstatement of eight ANN7 employees dismissed for allegedly refusing to be addressed by ANC Youth League president Collen Maine earlier this year.  

nedlacBusiness Report writes that, following concessions by parties at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), South Africa’s national minimum wage level will be determined within the next three months.  

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 24 June 2016.

eskomTMG Digital reports that the South African Reward Association (SARA) said on Monday that for Eskom’s executives to be paid bonuses of R6-million was “contentious and should be declined”.  

sabcThe Star reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) faces a showdown in the Constitutional Court over the suspension of three journalists.  

southafricalogoThe New Age reports that incorrect information supplied by employers about their workers has caused a backlog in payments for more than 1,000 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) beneficiaries at the North West labour department.  

eskomEWN reports that power utility Eskom has appealed to unions to take the current economic conditions into account as they considers salary increases.  

UbankBusiness Report writes that calls to establish a workers’ bank were bolstered last week as trade unions were urged to use their investments to bail out the financially strapped UBank.  

solidariteitNetwerk24 reports that Dr Dirk Hermann, chief executive of trade union Solidarity, says that the suspension of three SABC journalists affects all South Africans.  The case involves “more than labour rights” and affects two important issues, namely freedom of speech and what information is in the public interest, said Hermann.  

gavel thumb100 Mineweb reports that the South Gauteng High Court has refused a group of thirty gold mining companies leave to appeal the ruling handed down last month certifying class actions involving silicosis and TB sufferers.