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.

WorkingOnFireEWN reports that Working on Fire has written to Canadian officials apologising for its firefighters causing “an international incident” for striking over a heated pay dispute.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that Cosatu says urgent action needs to be taken to put an end to the violence that continues to haunt the mining industry.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 9 June 2016.

NorthamDavid McKay writes about the latest blow-up between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and its rival the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu), sparked by the situation at Northam Platinum.  

samwu thumb medium80 78SABC News reports that the continuing unprotected strike by SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, is affecting the provision of essential services.  

sapsTMG Digital reports that the spate of public violence that erupted this week in Marikana has caused damage worth more than R1-million‚ according to the police.  

ann7TimesLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has accused the Gupta-owned ANN7 news channel of targeting staff members who belong to the union.  

NorthamReuters reports that members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will decide whether or not to return to work at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine on Tuesday, which is when the police and the company are due to report back to the union.  

ambulanceDaily News reports that four paramedics were attacked on Wednesday in KwaMashu, Durban, and in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.  

gautengThe New Age reports that Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday promised that five million jobs would be created in Gauteng in the next 14 years from a massive R1.3 trillion capital investment in social and economic infrastructure.  

coalBDLive writes that SA’s coal producers could be the next to face a wave of litigation from workers with lung diseases, after successes against gold companies by workers who contracted silicosis.  

DesVanRooyenTimesLive reports that Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen has ordered the 278 municipalities under his watch to stop making termination settlement agreements - better known as "golden handshakes".  

netcareBDLive reports that private hospital group Netcare has denied union Hospersa’s claims that it failed to inform staff of its plans to outsource 37 pharmacies in its Medicross clinics, as well as the retail outlets in 51 hospitals, to retailer Clicks.  

mosebenzizwaneBusiness Report writes that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane wants the investigation into the killings of two Northam Platinum miners to be expedited, and for the mine to return to stability.  

protestHeraldLive reports that a shutdown of transport services in Nelson Mandela Bay, as well as the rest of the Eastern Cape, due to a taxi strike on Friday is expected to cause widespread disruptions.  

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

handshake thumb medium90 90Fin24 reports that SA's biggest grain processing and logistics companies and the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) representing workers have reached a wage agreement, averting a strike.  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.

eskomBDLive reports that Eskom has initiated a major training programme for nuclear operators, saying it will train 100 artisans as operators at its Koeberg plant to meet SA’s requirements in the future.  

NorthamBDLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Thursday it would not allow its members at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine to be coerced into returning to work until it was satisfied safety could be assured.  

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

medicaldoctorTimesLive reports that junior doctors are blaming shifts of 30 hours or more for the death in a car accident of young doctor Ilne Markwat.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said a tweet on its Twitter feed stating that it would seek a R12,500 monthly minimum during upcoming platinum pay talks was not a final demand set by the union.  

hospersaBDLive reports that private hospital group Netcare’s plans to outsource its Medicross pharmacies and its hospital retail outlets to retailer Clicks have drawn the ire of independent pharmacists and union Hospersa.  

sabcIn the course of an interview with City Press, SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said he has been thinking that maybe the national broadcaster’s employees should have uniforms “so that they can understand unity.”  

earningsCBC News reports that South African firefighters who made international headlines for singing when they arrived in Canada have now turned to protest songs over the wages they're being paid.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Kouga Express reports that SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members are set to march to the Kouga municipal building in Da Gama Street on Friday morning to hand over a list of grievances.  

meibcBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is planning rolling mass action in defence of centralised collective bargaining, which could signal a further blow to the troubled steel industry.  

fawuBusiness Report writes that economists warned on Wednesday that the proposed strike by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) in the grain industry might lead to potential job losses in the sector as employers replaced workers with machinery.  

mosebenzizwaneBusiness Report writes that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will visit Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine today (Thursday) to try and quell tensions between organised labour.