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.

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that the City of Tshwane says that claims that the Democratic Alliance (DA) administration planned to fire general workers who are part of the ‘Vat Alles’ programme are untrue.  

sadtu90The New Age reports that teachers affiliated to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) have threatened to embark on a protest against the provincial education department next week to press for the delivery of stationery and better working conditions.  

imfBusinessLive reports that SA’s inadequate labour market skills mix has been flagged by the IMF as being out of step with the demands of the country’s economy.  

natu thumb medium80 91Daily News reports that thousands of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Grade R teachers who claimed they were being short-changed by the education department had their salaries bumped up by R500 a month on Sunday night in a last-ditch effort to prevent them walking out of classrooms.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Engineering News reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of SA’s vital parastatals.  

sadtu90ANA reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) on Monday warned that job cuts at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in KwaZulu-Natal would affect the quality of teaching and learning.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 16 January 2017

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 13 January 2017.

ramatlhodiANA reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi on Friday issued a second stern reminder to public servants to comply with the Public Service Code of Conduct.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) took on President Jacob Zuma on Friday, calling him "insincere" for denying the existence of a tradition in the ANC that saw the party’s deputy president succeed its president.  

joburgcityANA reports that Joburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba has questioned whether the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) was fighting to keep corrupt officials in their jobs, or if it was going to work with the City in its efforts aimed at rooting out corruption.  

chickensCity Press reports that government departments and local poultry producers will meet in the next few weeks in a last-ditch bid to save the country’s chicken industry.  

psaBusinessLive reports that the disciplinary hearings for 11 public works officials alleged to be implicated in overspending on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home are expected to start at the end of this month.  

sapsEWN reports that Gauteng police have confirmed that a second officer has been killed in the province in just one week.  An officer was shot during a business robbery in Katlehong last week and later died in hospital.  

bladenzimandeSowetanLive reports that a matric pass in maths literacy carries so little weight that even a matriculant who passed with flying colours cannot get into artisan programmes at any of the 50 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.  

sibanyeBusinessLive reports that incompetent and malicious Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) officials who overstepped their authority in applying regulations could soon be hauled to court for damages in their personal capacity.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has thrown its weight behind protection service officers in Parliament who have approached the Labour Court to challenge the legislature’s decision to hire police officers as ‘bouncers’.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday successfully concluded negotiations for a one-year wage agreement with Geomechanics, ending a three-day strike at the drilling and mineral exploration company.  

eskomAccording to The Citizen, a report in Sunday World details how former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s personal assistant committed suicide after she was demoted from his office on his instruction.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 13 January to Sunday, 15 January 2017

kusasalethuEWN reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Workers (Amcu) says mineworkers staged a sit-in at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine because management had reneged on a promise to pay workers a bonus this month.  

effFin24 reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies to impose a 50% tariff on all chicken importers to protect SA poultry farmers and their workers.  

zumaOn 11 January 2016, President Jacob Zuma signed into law a number of bills, including the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Act (UIF) of 2016.  

solidariteitBedfordview News reports that former Edenvale Station Commander Robbie Roberts obtained the representation of trade union Solidarity after he was informed that he had been dismissed from the police in a letter dated 7 January.  

sapsDaily News reports that police officers from various stations around Durban were deployed to Lamontville Police Station on Wednesday morning when police and admin staff with grievances downed tools and did not report for duty.  

artisan2BusinessLive reports that three technical and vocational education and training (TVET) campuses will open in 2017 to absorb some of the hundreds of thousands matrics who failed to get university exemption.  

harmonyFin24 reports that about 1,600 miners that spent nearly 48 hours over 2km below the surface of Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine during an illegal sit-in returned to the surface late on Thursday night.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Groundup reports that Eastern Cape schools have started the year short of teachers, and there seems to be no imminent solution.  

labourcourtsTimesLive reports that Itunu Ubogu, who holds a senior position in the Gauteng health department, was accidentally overpaid for five years, but then a letter arrived demanding repayment of almost R800,000.  

healthcareeNCA reports that more than 200 newly qualified doctors and pharmacists are in limbo as they are unable to  find posts.