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.

telkom thumb100 ITWeb reports that some 1,189 employees have left Telkom, either by accepting the company's voluntary severance packages (VSPs) or early retirement packages.  

uberBloomberg reports that Uber Technologies drivers in South Africa have gone on strike after the ride-booking service said tariffs in the country would be cut by as much as 20% to boost demand during the winter months.  

ShopriteBDLive reports that workers at a distribution centre owned by food retailer Shoprite have downed tools in protest over poor pay and outsourcing.  

glencoreMining Weekly reports that mining giant Glencore and Umsimbithi Mining on Thursday laid criminal arson charges following the torching of two trucks and offices at the Wonderfontein coal mine.  

mtnBDLive reports that MTN SA is still feeling the effects of a prolonged strike by its workers last year, with the telecoms giant notching up the highest number of complaints against any company in SA.  

FordHeraldLive reports that Ford Motor Company South Africa is pumping R2.5-billion into plant expansions in preparation for production of a new range of vehicles.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Fin24 reports that an interdict has been granted to avert a train strike led by the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) from going ahead in the Western Cape, Metrorail said on Thursday.  

pikitupThe Star reports that all 4,000 Pikitup workers have been found guilty of defying two court interdicts declaring their strike unprotected and ordering them back to work.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Business Report writes that a two-day-old traffic jam blocking the Bayhead Road entrance to Durban Harbour has prevented fuel tankers from getting in or out to collect and then deliver fuel to service stations in the greater Durban area.  

VantageGoldfieldsThe New Age writes that the three mineworkers trapped underground at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine in Mpumalanga are probably dead by now.  

FordEngineering News reports that the SA automotive industry has “worked hard this labour season”, holding a number of “pre-meetings and indabas”, in an effort to be ready for the triennial negotiations to thrash out a new multiyear wage agreement.  

pikitupANA reports that the City of Johannesburg on Wednesday said it was hoping to reach a settlement with striking workers at its waste-management entity, Pikitup, by the end of this week.  

sibanyeBDLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Sibanye Gold on Wednesday said the union had agreed to suspend its wage strike, pending further engagement.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 6 April2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 5 April 2016

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glencoreFin24 reports that fifty seven striking workers were arrested during a violent strike over wages at a coal mine owned by Glencore, the company and police said on Tuesday.  

newsBDLive reports that the whereabouts of cash that the Financial Services Board (FSB) had flagged as having been transferred to offshore bank accounts during the fraud perpetrated by the Fidentia group of companies is close to being identified.  

amcu thumb medium80 81EWN reports that according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), its planned strike at Sibanye Gold commencing on Wednesday will prove that it is the majority union at the gold producer.  

solidariteitBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity believes if urgent steps are not taken to save SA’s struggling steel industry, more jobs could be lost.  

sibanyeMining Weekly reports that gold producer Sibanye Gold confirmed on Monday that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) had served notice that it would begin a pay strike on Wednesday.  

sarb thumb medium60 101Bloomberg News reports that according to the SA Reserve Bank (SARB), South Africa faces the prospect of a prolonged breach of the 3% to 6% consumer inflation target, even as growth is slowing.  

ShopriteANA reports that outsourced Shoprite workers organised under the #OutsourcingMustFall (OMF) movement on Tuesday went on strike at the retail giant’s largest distribution centre in Gauteng on Olivenhoutbosch Avenue in Centurion.  

uasa thumb medium70 84TMG Digital reports that the United Association of SA (Uasa) says that employers can expect workers to “demand higher wages to enable them to cover their expenses and take care of their families” as a result of Wednesday’s 7.5% petrol price hike.  

pikitupANA reports that striking workers at Johannesburg waste management company Pikitup on Monday afternoon stoned a municipal truck that was collecting refuse in the city.  

solidariteitANA reports that reports that trade union Solidarity on Monday called on liquidators of the failed mining company Aurora to investigate Khulubuse Zuma after his name was mentioned in the so-called Panama Papers.  

graduate thumb100 TimesLive writes that no matter what you studied or how well you did in your course, if you are black you have less chance of finding a job after graduating from Rhodes University.  

implatsSowetanLive reports that members of the public order policing unit were deployed to Burgersfort in Limpopo after community members attacked Impala Platinum’s Marula mine on Sunday evening.  

strike thumb medium85 85Sowetan reports that over 200 workers from a maize milling company in Delareyville, North West, are now jobless after a three-week strike for better pay.  

VantageGoldfieldsSowetanLive writes that two months after three miners were swallowed up by a sinkhole at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga‚ the mining house is trying to design a plan to not only recover their bodies‚ but also restart operations.