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.

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) wants the Chamber of Mines to reopen wage negotiations with Sibanye Gold notwithstanding an existing three-year deal concluded last year.  

medicaldoctorSowetan writes that, with 80% of all specialists in South Africa concentrated in the private healthcare sectors of the Western Cape and Gauteng, the public sector is struggling with a shortage of an estimated 20,000 health specialists.  

ambulanceTMG Digital reported on Sunday that an ambulance from the Eastern Cape Department of Health was attacked and the crew robbed after their assailants led them into an ambush by pretending to be their escorts.  

VantageGoldfieldsThe Citizen reports that in the weeks leading up to the Lily Mine disaster in February, illegal mining activities became a serious concern for management and various plans were put in place to address the issue.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Argus reports that Metrorail commuters in Cape Town should expect delays of up to an hour on Monday after 10 carriages were destroyed in a blaze, at the weekend, in an alleged arson attack.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 8 April to Sunday, 10 April 2016

amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Sunday it had agreed to accept a new wage offer from Sibanye Gold and had called off a strike.  

handshake thumb medium90 90eNCA reports that the City of Johannesburg’s Matshidiso Mfekoe the announced on Sunday that the month-long strike at waste removal agency Pikitup has finally come to an end.  

pikitupANA reports that the strike at Johannesburg waste management company Pikitup continues despite the city’s attempts to reach a settlement with the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday afternoon.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 7 April 2016.

earningsBloomberg reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which oversees the bulk of the SA government’s pension money, voted against pay policies at more than one third of the annual general meetings it attended between July and September last year.  

solidariteitMail & Guardian writes that the domestic steel industry is bleeding and stakeholders fear its death unless emergency protections are introduced soon.  

pikitupBusiness Report writes that talks to end a month-old unprotected strike at Johannesburg waste management agency Pikitup resumed at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday morning.  

sibanyeMineweb reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is unhappy about the reported wage agreement that has been reached between Sibanye Gold and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

ShopriteBDLive reports that there is no end in sight to the strike at Shoprite’s distribution centre in Centurion, with workers vowing to continue until management meets their demands.  

healthcareThe New Age reports that patients at the KwaMashu Poly Clinic were left stranded on Wednesday when 500 staff members embarked on a go-slow, calling for the suspension of the HR and nursing managers.  

MotsoalediBDLive reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in Parliament on Thursday that SA’s cumbersome and inefficient compensation system for injured and ill workers desperately needed reform.  

gunCape Argus reports that six weeks after police allegedly shot dead innocent restaurant workers, provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula has spoken out for the first time about the incident and two others that followed.  

sapsANA reports that police on Thursday urged jobseekers to be cautious when applying for advertised vacancies that required applicants to pay before they could get the job.  

uberFin24 reports that ride-sharing service Uber says reports about 200 of its partner drivers striking in Cape Town are exaggerated.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87The SA Medical Association (SAMA) has released a statement to its members indicating that public servants who fall under the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) are to receive a 7.6% salary increase.  

pikitupANA reports that Cosatu has resolved to approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over the drawn-out strike at Johannesburg refuse removal entity Pikitup, it said on Thursday.  

protestNews24 reports that Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal staged an e-toll protest on Thursday, with just over 100 picketers gathering outside the N3TC office at the Marriannhill Toll Plaza.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Business Report writes that the two-day blockage of Bayhead road in Durban, which prevented trucks from going into the harbour, is over according to Transnet.  

solidariteitTMG Digital reports that according to Solidarity, Lily Mine’s application for business rescue announced by the company on Thursday was the only option left for the mine and its employees.  

amcu thumb medium80 81The New Age reports that talks between with Sibanye Gold and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) were still at a “sensitive stage”, the gold producer said on Thursday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 7 April 2016

metrorail thumb medium90 92BDLive reports that striking Metrorail workers in the Western Cape have decided to temporarily abandon their industrial action, after consulting with lawyers.  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 6 April 2016.

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.