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 afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 25 February 2019.

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) on Monday slammed what it called government attempts to blame the country’s financial woes on the public wage bill despite revelations during various inquiries of corrupt activities by senior officials.  

sacpIndependent News reports that the SA Communist Party (SACP) has vowed to mobilise trade unions, especially Cosatu, to ensure that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s intended unbundling of Eskom does not lead to job losses.  

jeffradebeANA writes that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Sunday that the assertion that Eskom was incurring losses as a result of the Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme was without foundation, misleading, and false.  

popcruNews24 reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has called for Bosasa employees working at Department of Correctional Services (DCS) facilities to be absorbed by the department.  

CanegrowersANA reports that the South African Canegrowers Association said on Monday it would be briefing Parliament's trade and industry portfolio committee on the crisis facing the sugar industry due to drought, falling prices and the impact of cheap imports.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that a North West mother was due to appear in the Mogwase Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly assaulting her son's teacher with an umbrella.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that the drive by the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) to change the systems, culture and productivity of the parliamentary research body has allegedly met with strong resistance by some staff members.  

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that Mpumalanga's education department confirmed on Sunday that a Witbank teacher who was suspended for allegedly locking a grade 1 learner in a strongroom overnight had been arrested.  

AGOTimesLIVE reports that the liquidator of controversial state contractor Bosasa (now known as African Global Operations - AGO) said on Friday he was unsure whether workers would be paid until the end of March, as claimed by a union representative.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that on Saturday unidentified men stormed into the Gupta-owned Gloria mine in Mpumalanga and attacked security officers on duty.  

employment thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that workers at African Global Operations (AGO), formerly known as Bosasa, have appealed to the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to employ them.  

handcuffsSunday Tribune reports that the police arrested at least eight people on Friday afternoon when union members and students protested outside the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 February 2019.

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that urgent applications lodged in court by 15 mining companies to prevent Thursday’s seven-day secondary mining strikes called by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) might stop the action before it starts.  

newsANA reports that rescue and body retrieval workers on Friday afternoon brought to the surface 13 more bodies of suspected copper cable thieves from the underground area at Gloria coal mine in Mpumalanga.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Miningmx reports that efforts by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to increase pressure on Sibanye-Stillwater through a seven-day campaign of secondary strikes suffered a setback over the weekend after it was advised by its lawyers to retract strike notices at a number of companies.  

MineralsCouncilSAReuters reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA - previously known as the Chamber of Mines) said on Friday that at least 15 mining firms had received notices of strikes to be held this week in support of industrial action at Sibanye-Stillwater, where workers are on strike over wages and job cuts.  

sancoSowetan reports that a civic organisation has called on the Gauteng government to hire more staff members at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (Bara) or face the wrath of the masses.  

sabcSowetanLive reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio station Thobela FM in Limpopo has been rocked by allegations of a jobs-for-sale scandal.  

SAOUThe Citizen reports that according to a report on a survey conducted by the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU), thousands of pupils throughout the country were facing the danger of school buildings collapsing on them.  

ancCity Press reports that a woman has accused head of the ANC’s presidency office and the party’s acting spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, of drugging and raping her at a hotel room in Sandton in April last year.  

saa thumb medium95 76The Sunday Independent writes that SA Airways (SAA) and organised labour are not on the same plane when it comes to SAA’s proposed turnaround strategy.  

nehawu80The Sunday Independent reports that the impasse between the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) at colleges continues, with the strike over salaries and working conditions having entered its second week.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive writes that trade unions are seething with anger following Wednesday’s national budget speech, with a number of them threatening to go on strike in response to the government’s austerity plans.  

goldfieldsFinancial Mail reports that in the year ended December 2018, production across Gold Fields globally slipped 3%, revenues were 7% lower and losses for the year slid to $348.2m, compared to $19m the year before.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 21 February 2019.

newsANA reports that the South African Sugar Association (SASA) said on Thursday it was disappointed by the announcement that there would be an increase in the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), commonly known as the "sugar tax".  

gunSowetan reports that three security guards were kidnapped and then later dropped off on the highway early on Tuesday morning after a failed break-in at a mall in Alberton.  The suspects had tried to break in at the Baby and Company shop at West Pack Lifestyle Alberton.  

mboweniThe Citizen reports that labour federation Cosatu and its public service union affiliates are up in arms over Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s plan to cut the public service wage bill by R27 billion over the next three years.