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.

saceCity Press reports that the SA Council for Educators (SACE) has defended its four-page report into the selling of teacher promotional posts, which found no evidence of corruption or wrongdoing.  

newsBusiness Report writes that, as SA continues to bleed jobs, labour is becoming more desperate in its plea for the government to rein in business to ensure retrenchments are the last resort and they start investing in the economy.  

UNTUBusiness Report writes that the United National Transport Union (Untu) said Transnet was being malicious after it blatantly disregarded a court ruling compelling it to not force employees to take leave in December.  

protestANA reports that the plush Sheraton Hotel on the eastern side of Pretoria CBD has been hit by a wage dispute, with workers picketing outside the grand facility, demanding pay increases.  

Stats SAANA reports that Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said on Tuesday that at least 15,000 domestic workers employed in private households lost their jobs between July and September this year.  

angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that mining company Anglo American, which has reduced the number of assets in its portfolio from 68 in 2012 to 42 now, is producing more product from those 42 assets than it was with the 68.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that Statistics SA announced on Wednesday that the annual consumer price index (CPI) accelerated to 6.4% in October 2016.  

strike thumb medium85 85Daily News writes that several families have spoken of their grief at waiting for up to 48 hours to fetch their loved ones from a Durban mortuary where employees went on strike on Monday.  

phiyegaANA reports that the SA Policing Union (Sapu) on Tuesday said it was concerned that the term of office of suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega could end before her long-running disciplinary matter was concluded.  

solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday that the implementation of the proposed R3,500 national minimum wage would increase labour costs.  

newsITWeb reports that Neotel has denied rumours that retrenchments may be on the horizon as it prepares to be acquired by Liquid Telecom.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that parties in talks at Nedlac have effectively conceded on removing a second strike ballot from provisions to promote labour stability.  This comes after unions flat out disagreed with the proposal.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 22 November 2016

farming thumb medium80 84Business Report writes that the agricultural industry has warned of job losses and mechanisation if the balance between wages and sustainability is compromised as a result of the proposed national minimum wage policy.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that unemployment in South Africa rose to 27.1% in the third quarter of 2016, Statistics South Africa announced on Tuesday.  

busaBusinessLive reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) says it will "closely interrogate" the Nedlac advisory panel’s report on the proposed new national minimum wage.  

sapsANA reports that a court interpreter’s absence on Monday led to the postponement of a case involving eight Khayelitha-based police officials accused of putting in false claims for travelling expenses.  

earningsThe Star reports that the reaction of workers at various supermarkets across Johannesburg in reaction to the announcement of a proposed national minimum wage (NMW) was that something was better than nothing.  

graduate thumb100 TimesLive reports that graduate unemployment has dropped significantly since 2001 when 18% of graduates could not find jobs and the latest figures from 2011 show that just 5% of graduates are without jobs.  

McDonaldsANA reports that, following the announcement of a proposed national minimum wage (NMW), McDonald’s SA on Monday said it was committed to paying fair and just wages to all its employees as stipulated by law.  

phiyegaThe Star reports that suspended national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega's fate will soon be decided, as a report by the Claassen Board of Inquiry into her fitness to hold office has been concluded.  

popcruNews24 reports that employees of the Department of Correctional Services have finally won a protracted battle to have their salaries increased.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that the R3,500 national minimum monthly wage that the Nedlac committee of experts has recommended is below the "working poverty line" of R4,317.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 21 November 2016

saceANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday termed a report by the SA Council of Educators (SACE) into the jobs-for-cash scandal a whitewash after it could not provide evidence of corruption.  

earningsCape Argus reports that there will be no pay increase for Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and her executive in the new year, due to the country’s “economic distress”.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Sunday Independent reports that in a volatile labour market where thousands have lost their jobs, the new president of the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) believes the agenda for decent work and a decent life for all is possible.  

farming thumb medium80 84EWN reports that the Western Cape Department of Labour has served notices of non-compliance on five wine farms in the province relating to the poor working conditions of farm workers.  

graduate thumb100 Weekend Argus reports that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has taken legislative measures to curb phony degrees with a proposed “roll of shame” for bogus qualifications holders.  

daANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has said it would be filing a supplementary affidavit in its court case against SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) corporate affairs group executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng.