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.

CCMABDLive reports that power utility Eskom said on Thursday that it had begun meeting with three unions in mediation efforts over a wage dispute, with an unprotected stoppage by some employees yet to affect operations.  

graduate thumb100 BDLive reports that the South African Union of Students (SAUS) has warned that more campus protests are on the cards as it called for salaries of senior public servants to be decreased.  

marikanacommission thumb100 Greg Nicolson writes that four years ago to the day, NUM members fired shots at striking workers at Lonmin, Marikana, in an escalation that would lead to a massacre few days later.  

newsTMG Digital reports that councillors who fell out of favour in the municipal elections and those retiring will leave their jobs with payouts worth a total of R309m.  

cwu thumb medium90 95BDLive reports that Telkom and MTN are facing the prospect of renewed industrial action led by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which has bemoaned impending job losses and changes that could result in the erosion of employee benefits.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that an employee was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg East mine on 5 August.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that with Pretoria commuters having been left stranded without public transport for about a week, the capital’s mayor-elect Solly Msimanga on Wednesday went to the Tshwane Bus Depot to address employees and workers’ unions.  

strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents close to a third of Eskom’s workforce, downed tools on Wednesday in a nationwide strike over wages.  

protestANA reports that members of Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) will picket at petrol depots and at some pharmaceutical companies in four provinces on Thursday as part of its ongoing industrial action.  

mtnFin24 reports that MTN’s plans to outsource a portion of its call centre facilities have been met with outrage by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which called the decision a “jobs bloodbath”.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 10 August 2016

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solidariteitBusinessTech reports that trade union Solidarity has released the 7th edition of its annual banking charges report, showing the cheapest and most expensive banking options across the major retail banks in SA.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that it is still unclear what sparked a fire that gutted several coaches at the Retreat station depot on Sunday, but Metrorail's Richard Walker indicated it was highly unlikely the fire was caused by an electrical fault.  

mtnBDLive reports that cellular operator MTN plans to outsource some of its call centre facilities in an attempt to optimise its operations, enhance customer experience and allow it to focus on its core competencies.  

gavel thumb100 The Star reports that the long-delayed racism case brought by City Press reporters against their then boss Ferial Haffajee is due in court next week.  The four former reporters brought the case against then editor Haffajee in January 2014, accusing her of defaming them by calling them racists.  

CCMAFin24 reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will assist in resolving the wage dispute between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Solidarity and power utility Eskom.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92City Press reports that the KwaZulu-Natal education department has laid charges of internal misconduct against a Durban principal and provincial leader of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) over the jobs-for-cash scam.  

effNews24 reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party said in its Women's Day message on Tuesday that women's salaries should be reviewed so that they could earn the same as men for the same jobs.  

graduate thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the South African Union of Students (SAUS)‚ a federation of 26 student representative councils, called at the Fees Commission on Wednesday for free education to be provided to the poor and the “missing middle” from 2017.  

strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that workers went on strike at various Eskom-run power plants, despite a court order prohibiting union members from downing tools, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday.  

gavel thumb100 Reuters reports that power utility Eskom said on Wednesday it had obtained a court order to stop a strike over pay by thousands of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members.  

daThe Citizen reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has downplayed reports that it would be ridding the municipalities it governs of workers and officials whom it feels are incompetent or not qualified.  

eskomTimeLive reports that Koeberg nuclear power station's safety officer has been suspended after a drone crashed on the site.  

strike thumb medium85 85Business Report writes that the National Petroleum Employers’ Association (NPEA), said on Monday that the wage strike by the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers' Union (Ceppwawu) was not coming to an end any time soon.  

numsaNews24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has called on workers taking part in the current strike in the petroleum industry to remain strong and resolute in their wage demands.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 9 August 2016

numMoneyweb reports that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu confirmed on Tuesday that the union’s 15,000 members working at Eskom will go on a full-blown strike on Wednesday.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94EWN reports that the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) says the National Petroleum Employers’ Association doesn’t appear to be taking its national strike seriously.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 8 August 2016