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.

sapsThe Star reports that a Johannesburg police station commander, dubbed the “bunking brigadier” after allegedly taking leave of about 156 days in just two years, has been promoted.  

newsBDLive reports that unemployment figures released by Statistics SA on Monday paint a bleak picture of the extent of job losses in the country’s metros.  

healthcareGauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has expressed concern about the number of attacks on health professionals in public health facilities.  

telkom thumb100 TechCentral reports that Telkom is expected to take a big hit to earnings as the result of staff reduction costs, with headline earnings per share set to fall by between 40% and 50% for the year ended 31 March 2016.  

richardsbaymineralsBDLive reported on Monday that operations at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in northern KwaZulu-Natal have been suspended after community members blockaded roads leading to the mine’s entrance.  

statssaBDLive writes that SA’s jobless rate has escalated to an eight-year high, bringing into question whether ambitious targets to halve unemployment by 2020 can be achieved.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Warren Dick writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is making the transition from fiery upstart to the dominant incumbent in mining.  

ehrenreichNetwerk24 reports that Tony Ehrenreich, labour federation Cosatu’s Western Cape secretary, is apparently not in the running for the ANC for the top post in Cape Town.  

angiemotshekgaThe Citizen reports that the SA Democratic Teachers Union’s (Sadtu’s) threat to drag Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to court over the controversial “jobs-for-cash” report has left her cold.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90TMG Digital reports that a mine employee has died at Lonmin’s Rowland shaft in Marikana‚ outside Rustenburg‚ in the North West.  

employment thumb100 Cape Times reports that the government has been urged to acknowledge that its unemployment policies have failed and that it needs to do something about the crisis that cost 355,000 people their jobs in the first quarter of 2016.  

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

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of our selection of South African labour-
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midday on Friday, 6 May 2016.

freemarketfoundationCity Press writes that the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) court challenge against the extension to nonparties of bargaining council wage deals was quashed last week, but the judges also identified all the actual ways that these extensions could be legally challenged.  

southafricalogoCity Press reported in April about a civil claim of R120 million instituted by a founding member of the Workers’ Association Union (WAU), Thebe Maswabi, against President Jacob Zuma, State Security Minister David Mahlobo, two other national ministers and the acting police commissioner.  

protestNews24 reports that the ANC's parliamentary team said it was working closely alongside the labour department to ensure that the UIF application process for pensioners who worked for the apartheid-era Ciskei Transport Corporation and SA Railways was concluded without delay.  

phiyegaTMG Digital reports that the public hearing into the fitness of suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to hold office was adjourned on Friday after two witnesses gave evidence for the evidence leaders.  

saa thumb medium95 76Business Report writes that Dudu Myeni, chairwoman of South African Airways (SAA), wants to set up an employee share scheme (Esop) at the financially troubled airline.  

statssaReuters reports that South Africa's unemployment rate rose to 26.7% of the labour force in the first quarter of this year from 24.5% in the fourth quarter of 2015.  

mtnBusiness Report writes that Mteto Nyati, CE of MTN South Africa, said last week the company was looking at a process of equalising the pay and benefits of temporary workers with those of its permanent staff.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Friday delivered a memorandum of demands to diversified miner Glencore, outlining its members’ demands and grievances.  

newsNews24 reports that Independent Newspapers has come to a settlement agreement with former Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois, who was sacked in 2013.  

meibcEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity has called on Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to urgently intervene in the matters of the ailing Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  

houseThe New Age reports that North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo came out guns blazing and lambasted the EFF in the province for instigating the illegal occupation of RDP houses in Marikana.  

eskomANA reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) is investigating the deaths of two Eskom workers who died in mysterious circumstances last week.  

earningsBDLive writes that executive remuneration has come under scrutiny in recent years, but it is hard to compare the pay packages of executives in different companies just by adding up the "total remuneration" column in annual reports.  

labourcourtsNews24 reports that former Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois' sacking in 2013 is expected to come under the spotlight in the Labour Court in Cape Town on Monday.  

postoffice thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that the two-day strike by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at the SA Post Office (Sapo) has ended.  

statssaBDLive reports that data from Statistics SA (Stats SA) on Monday are expected to show that SA’s stubbornly high unemployment challenges continued in the first quarter of 2016.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Netwerk24 writes that, although delays will get shorter, Cape Town commuters can ready themselves for persistent and frustrating train delays for at least the next six months.