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.

WorkingOnFireTMG Digital reports that the firefighters who downed hoses in a pay dispute had attended a boot camp in Gauteng to prepare for the trip to Canada‚ learning technical and social skills, including how to handle money.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it would embark on a march on Tuesday to the Lily Gold Mine to hand over a memorandum of grievances.  

AlexanderForbesSowetanLive reports that thousands of workers cashed in R42-billion of their pensions over the last year.  This was revealed by pension fund administrators Alexander Forbes in its annual results for the year ended March 2016.  

statssaBDLive reports that municipalities recorded a staggering 41,303 vacancies in 2015, with six of the country’s metros being the worst affected.  This is according to Statistics SA (Stats SA) data from its nonfinancial municipal census, released last week.  

earningsTerry Bell reports that the combined trade unions represented at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) may at last be reaching an agreed position on a national minimum wage (NMW).  

graduate thumb100 Cape Argus reports that more and more desperate graduates are advertising their services on street corners.  This report details the stories of three such young graduates.  

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Monday said it was “utterly dismayed” and in “disbelief” to learn that one of its billboards had been vandalised.  

netcareBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity said on Monday that hospital group Netcare had postponed the planned centralisation of its credit control department in order to allow the parties to consult properly.  

ednamolewaANA reports that Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Minister Edna Molewa on Monday congratulated the SA firefighters who were deployed to Canada to assist in fighting wildfires.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that a full-blown municipal strike is looming in Nelson Mandela Bay, with the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) threatening a complete shutdown of services this week across all departments.  

manpowergroupBDLive reports that an employment outlook survey of 754 South African employers by HR consulting firm Manpower found that 12% expected to hire more people, while 6% anticipated retrenching.  The rest said they would keep staffing levels unchanged.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 13 June 2016

RBPlatReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has secured a “closed shop” agreement at platinum producer Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), it said on Monday.  

WorkingOnFireTMG Digital reports that South African fire fighters who embarked on a strike over wages in Canada will return home on Tuesday.  

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related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 10 June 2016.

gavel thumb100 City Press reports that gold mining companies have lodged appeals against last month’s certification of a potentially enormous class action by former mine workers with silicosis and TB.  

employment thumb100 TMG Digital reports that only 48.8% of high school students surveyed this year believe that South Africa would be a great place to have a successful career‚ compared to 74% who held this positive sentiment in 2012.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of Solidarity, assesses the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) proposed new Mining Charter, concluding that radically fast-tracked transformation has now taken precedence over all else.  

protesteNCA reports that protestors who marched on the Lily Mine in Mpumalanga on Sunday issued an ultimatum to the management over the recovery of three trapped mine workers.  

gunFin24 reports that a policeman was shot dead and his colleague wounded when they responded to a suspected attempt at an ATM bombing on Monday morning at the Delft Main Road petrol station.  

samwu thumb medium80 78eNCA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) says it fully supports the strike over pay by South African firefighters in Canada.  

saceCity Press reports that the SA Council of Educators (Sace) has charged a provincial leader of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) with 13 counts of misconduct over her alleged role in the sale of a teaching post to a Durban educator.  

easterncape thumb100 TMG Digital/Daily Dispatch report that, following Friday’s chaotic march to Bhisho, Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and taxi bosses have agreed on a plan to address taxi industry concerns.  

WorkingOnFireNews24 reports that a mediator from Working on Fire has been sent to Canada by Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa to assist in resolving the pay dispute involving a team of South African firefighters.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 11 June and Sunday, 12 June 2016

angiemotshekgaTMG Digital writes that the Basic Education Ministry has slammed the attempt by the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) to portray Minister Angie Motshekga as a "DA agent".  

WorkingOnFireNews24 reports that Working on Fire (WoF) said on Saturday that the Canadian government has asked South Africa's firefighters to go home as soon as possible after they downed hoses in a pay dispute.  

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

sibanyeBDLive reports that Sibanye Gold has suspended six shop stewards belonging to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which follows a brief strike at its Kroondal platinum mine.  

cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu will march to Lily Mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga, on Sunday to put pressure on management to “find” three trapped mineworkers.