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.

sandf thumb medium90 89The Citizen reports that the defence force chief General Solly Shoke has begun legal steps to have a soldier who presumably drowned while swimming in the sea at Port Shepstone three years ago declared dead.  

earningsSunday Independent reports that the government might have to fork out an extra R10-billion if the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) decides that temporary workers employed under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) should be paid the national minimum wage (NMW).  

roadpassengerbargcouncilANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday formally declared a dispute at the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC) after wage negotiations with employers broke down.  

newsNews24 reports that a dispute over claims of religious discrimination between a group of employees and management at a road freight company has had a bitter ending.  

earningsDaily Voice reports that Schalk Burger Snr, father of Springbok rugby player Schalk Burger, has lashed out at his farmworkers after he was exposed for allegedly underpaying them.  

angloamericanGroundUp reports that Kumba Iron Ore is demanding more than R1.6 million from a group of residents of the Northern Cape town of Dingleton after a battle over asbestos.  

zumaFin24 reports that when delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said the South African economic outlook for 2017 was improving, with an expected 1.3% growth rate in the coming year.  

earningsThe Star reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement this week on an approved national minimum wage (NMW) has sparked a debate about the effects it could have on employment levels.  

FronemanMoneyweb reports that according Neal Froneman, vice president of the Chamber of Mines (COM), without adequate innovation, research and development, the SA mining industry could see job losses of as many as 200,000 by 2025.  

newsANA reports that the head of the Gauteng Department of Health has been suspended in the wake of recommendations by the health ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba relating to the deaths of 94 psychiatric patients at non-government organisations.  

gautengANA reports that the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) said on Thursday that all exam markers would be paid.  

sadtu90TimesLive reports that more than 2‚800 classes and subjects are without teachers in schools across KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) - including critical subjects like maths‚ physical science and accounting.  

chrisgriffithBloomberg reports that the chief executive officer of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the world’s biggest platinum producer, was injured by a buffalo while on holiday in December.  

zumaFin24 reports that President Jacob Zuma congratulated his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday night during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) for successfully overseeing the conclusion of a national minimum wage (NMW) deal.  

irvinjimFin24 reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), implementing a deal to pay workers a minimum hourly rate of R20 would be the final nail in the coffin for the workers’ struggle in SA.  

ambulanceCape Argus reports that health officials in the Western Cape say attacks on paramedics have led to an increase in the exodus of health-care workers too afraid to work in “violent Cape Town”.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that mitigating measures are planned to assist businesses that cannot afford the R20 per hour national minimum wage (NMW) when it comes into force no later than 1 May 2018.  

implatsBloomberg reports that platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) has hired Deloitte & Touche to help improve performance at its troubled Rustenburg mines.  

earningsANA reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that the national minimum wage (NMW) of R20 per hour, to be implemented by at least 1 May 1 next year, was not a living wage, but a step towards income equality in SA.  

zumaTMG Digital reports that Save South Africa convenor Sipho Pityana has come under attack by Cosatu for what the trade union federation called his “phony outrage” against President Jacob Zuma.  

denosa thumb medium60 92The New Age reports that the SA Nursing Council (SANC) has threatened to take legal action against the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) for what it calls a malicious and callous statement made by the trade union.  

ancThe Citizen reports that the Cosatu-affiliated National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has warned against electing former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next ANC leader.  

sandu1eNCA reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) said on Wednesday that the deployment of soldiers for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) was in all likelihood unconstitutional.  

nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said on Wednesday that its members at the department of social development will embark on a national strike this week.  

goldbarsFin24 reports that mining companies facing class action from mine workers who contracted silicosis on SA’s gold mines remain hopeful that there will be an out of court settlement.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that parties to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), excluding union federation Cosatu, have signed the agreement on the national minimum wage (NMW) and labour market stability  

earningsBusinessLive reports that an agreement on the national minimum wage (NMW) has been struck between parties at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).  

mosebenzizwaneBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity has criticised Mineral Resources Minister Mosebezeni Zwane's opening address at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday, saying it failed to boost investor confidence.  

nedlacANA reports that President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and cabinet ministers are expected to attend the signing of an agreement between Nedlac social partners to ensure labour stability on Tuesday.  

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