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 85The Citizen reports that court officials have told of a chaotic Monday at the courts during the first day of a strike by Legal Aid SA lawyers, with cases unheard and postponed.  

sabcFin24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was due on Tuesday to head to the Labour Court in a bid to have some 28 irregular appointments declared unlawful and set aside.  

bmfFin24 reports that the Black Management Forum (BMF) has established a litigation fund with the aim of taking legal action against "gross violations derailing transformation in South Africa".  

DenelReuters reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday welcomed a high court ruling that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel must fulfil its statutory obligations to pay over the unemployment insurance contributions and taxes deducted from employees’ salaries over several months.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that a Harmony Gold employee died in a surface rail locomotive related accident at the Doornkop gold plant on Sunday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 19 August 2019.

newsGroundUp reports that about 66 former employees of Tasima, a company contracted by the Department of Transport’s Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to build a traffic information system, have not been paid salaries since December 2018.  

joburgcityTimesLIVE reports that the City of Johannesburg and two trade unions on Monday signed a memorandum that aims to enable an “open-door” policy and resolve labour relations issues before they escalate to strike action.  

necsa1Business Report writes that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has called for the sacking of the board of the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) after the North Gauteng High Court found on Friday that the decision by former energy minister Jeff Radebe to axe the previous board was unlawful.  

newsMail & Guardian reports that in the wake of the deregistration of the Media Workers’ Association of SA (Mwasa), one trade union is floating the idea of forming a media bargaining council.  

sapsNews24 reports that a man suspected of the May murder of an off-duty KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police officer has been arrested and his alleged accomplice has been shot dead.  

joburgcitySunday Times reports that a name on a truck is cold comfort for a Newcastle father whose firefighter son died in the Bank of Lisbon fire in Johannesburg on 5 September last year.  

legalaidsaStaff members at Legal Aid SA went on strike on Monday over a variety of employment grievances, including benefits and budget cuts.  

nxesiSunday Tribune reports that South African truck drivers have lambasted state departments for failing to ban illegal foreigners allegedly employed by Durban logistics companies.  

SteinhoffBloomberg reports that Steinhoff International’s former chief executive officer Markus Jooste regards the company’s claim for more than R850 million against him as “vague and embarrassing.”  

earningsSunday Times Business Times reports that executives of nonperforming state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that rely on government bailouts for survival are set to lose out on bonuses and the hefty pay increases they have received in the past.  

ChoppiesReuters reports that Botswanan budget retailer Choppies Enterprises says it plans to sell its stores in SA as growth stutters and unemployment soars in the country.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 16 August 2019.

marikanacommission thumb100 News24 reports that Marikana Commission of Inquiry chairperson Judge Ian Farlam is of the view that the commission cannot be blamed for the lack of prosecutions following the shootings that saw 34 people killed by police on 16 August 2012.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that Free State Health MEC Montseng Tsiu has condemned violent attacks targeting emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and health infrastructure in the province.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that two Tsogo Sun employees have allegedly stolen more than R4m from their employer by creating ghost employee accounts.  

SeriNews24 reports that Friday marked seven years since 34 mineworkers were shot dead in a burst of police gunfire during a protest at the then Lonmin Platinum's Marikana operations, but families have yet to see justice.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Fin24 reports that a former Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) teacher from Oudtshoorn has appeared in court for allegedly inflating the number of registered students she taught in order to gain financial benefits from the Western Cape department of education.  

eskomFin24 reports that the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF) has confirmed that its lawyers have instructed former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to return more than R10m he received from the fund.  

OldMutualNews24 reports that Old Mutual and the insurer’s reinstated CEO Peter Moyo will hear the outcome of their increasingly acrimonious legal battle in approximately two weeks.  

joburgcityNews24 reports that the City of Johannesburg will be insourcing (directly hiring) 1,879 cleaners, starting with 450 who will go on the metropolitan municipality's books.  

housePatrick Nwabueze Okonkwo, Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, notes that the construction industry in SA accounts for around 8% of total formal employment and around 17% of total informal employment, but it is also the third most dangerous sector for workers after the transportation and fishing industries.  

VantageGoldfieldsMoneyweb writes that it’s been three years of agony for the 1,000 staff who were sidelined when Vantage Goldfields SA (VGSA) was placed in business rescue after a key support pillar at Lily mine collapsed and claimed the lives of three workers.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Solidarity has given former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe seven days to pay the R700,000 owed to it, while the power utility has given him until next week to cough up about R10m in pension payments that were unlawfully paid to him.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 15 August 2019.