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.

zumaFin24 reports that President Jacob Zuma congratulated his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday night during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) for successfully overseeing the conclusion of a national minimum wage (NMW) deal.  

irvinjimFin24 reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), implementing a deal to pay workers a minimum hourly rate of R20 would be the final nail in the coffin for the workers’ struggle in SA.  

ambulanceCape Argus reports that health officials in the Western Cape say attacks on paramedics have led to an increase in the exodus of health-care workers too afraid to work in “violent Cape Town”.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that mitigating measures are planned to assist businesses that cannot afford the R20 per hour national minimum wage (NMW) when it comes into force no later than 1 May 2018.  

implatsBloomberg reports that platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) has hired Deloitte & Touche to help improve performance at its troubled Rustenburg mines.  

earningsANA reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that the national minimum wage (NMW) of R20 per hour, to be implemented by at least 1 May 1 next year, was not a living wage, but a step towards income equality in SA.  

zumaTMG Digital reports that Save South Africa convenor Sipho Pityana has come under attack by Cosatu for what the trade union federation called his “phony outrage” against President Jacob Zuma.  

denosa thumb medium60 92The New Age reports that the SA Nursing Council (SANC) has threatened to take legal action against the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) for what it calls a malicious and callous statement made by the trade union.  

ancThe Citizen reports that the Cosatu-affiliated National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has warned against electing former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next ANC leader.  

sandu1eNCA reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) said on Wednesday that the deployment of soldiers for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) was in all likelihood unconstitutional.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said on Wednesday that its members at the department of social development will embark on a national strike this week.  

goldbarsFin24 reports that mining companies facing class action from mine workers who contracted silicosis on SA’s gold mines remain hopeful that there will be an out of court settlement.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that parties to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), excluding union federation Cosatu, have signed the agreement on the national minimum wage (NMW) and labour market stability  

earningsBusinessLive reports that an agreement on the national minimum wage (NMW) has been struck between parties at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).  

mosebenzizwaneBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity has criticised Mineral Resources Minister Mosebezeni Zwane's opening address at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday, saying it failed to boost investor confidence.  

nedlacANA reports that President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and cabinet ministers are expected to attend the signing of an agreement between Nedlac social partners to ensure labour stability on Tuesday.  

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VantageGoldfieldsANA reports that finding the “lamp room” container and the three mine workers trapped inside when it was buried in a sinkhole at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Gold Mine at Barberton a year ago remained a priority, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Sunday.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that an Eastern Cape project meant to supply hundreds of towers a year to independent power producers (IPPs) has started shedding jobs and allegedly stands on the brink of ruin.  

mosebenzizwaneReuters reports that Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane said on Monday at the Mining Indaba that his department would publish its revised Mining Charter by next month.  

joburgcityThe Star writes that the cancellation of the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) flagship programme Jozi@Work will have a dire impact on those employed under it.  A Joburg resident who found employment through the programme said cancelling it would lead to an increase in the number of unemployed.  

parliamentCape Times reports that Parliament has called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to speed up its investigation into the crisis in the poultry sector in order to save thousands of jobs.  

capetown thumb100 eNCA reports that the rescue mission to save a skipper from the capsized service launch Troupant in Cape Town, ended almost 28 hours later under tragic circumstances.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLive writes that the vicious assault of a KwaZulu-Natal school principal, which left him injured and too traumatised to return to work for a year, has brought into sharp focus the issue of pupil-on-teacher violence.  

newsSABC News reports that delegates who attended the new labour federation's Gauteng shop stewards' council were told that the formation was in a good financial position and was ready to launch in March.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 3 February to Sunday, 5 February 2017

chickensCity Press writes about the ‘death’ of Hammarsdale, a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) town, where the effect of last Monday’s retrenchment of more than 1,000 workers at Rainbow Chickens (now RCL Foods) is already apparent.  

vavi1Sowetan writes that the march by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) in Tshwane on Wednesday set the tone for the new labour federation Zwelinzima Vavi is spearheading.  

UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) said on Friday that it planned to take the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to court for an interdict to force the latter to protect its employees against criminals.  

handcuffsCity Press reports that an Eastern Cape woman accused of having defrauded unsuspecting clients of thousands of rands by purporting to be an advocate has handed herself over to the police.