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.

VantageGoldfieldsANA reports that finding the “lamp room” container and the three mine workers trapped inside when it was buried in a sinkhole at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Gold Mine at Barberton a year ago remained a priority, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Sunday.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that an Eastern Cape project meant to supply hundreds of towers a year to independent power producers (IPPs) has started shedding jobs and allegedly stands on the brink of ruin.  

mosebenzizwaneReuters reports that Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane said on Monday at the Mining Indaba that his department would publish its revised Mining Charter by next month.  

joburgcityThe Star writes that the cancellation of the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) flagship programme Jozi@Work will have a dire impact on those employed under it.  A Joburg resident who found employment through the programme said cancelling it would lead to an increase in the number of unemployed.  

parliamentCape Times reports that Parliament has called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to speed up its investigation into the crisis in the poultry sector in order to save thousands of jobs.  

capetown thumb100 eNCA reports that the rescue mission to save a skipper from the capsized service launch Troupant in Cape Town, ended almost 28 hours later under tragic circumstances.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLive writes that the vicious assault of a KwaZulu-Natal school principal, which left him injured and too traumatised to return to work for a year, has brought into sharp focus the issue of pupil-on-teacher violence.  

newsSABC News reports that delegates who attended the new labour federation's Gauteng shop stewards' council were told that the formation was in a good financial position and was ready to launch in March.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 3 February to Sunday, 5 February 2017

chickensCity Press writes about the ‘death’ of Hammarsdale, a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) town, where the effect of last Monday’s retrenchment of more than 1,000 workers at Rainbow Chickens (now RCL Foods) is already apparent.  

vavi1Sowetan writes that the march by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) in Tshwane on Wednesday set the tone for the new labour federation Zwelinzima Vavi is spearheading.  

UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) said on Friday that it planned to take the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to court for an interdict to force the latter to protect its employees against criminals.  

handcuffsCity Press reports that an Eastern Cape woman accused of having defrauded unsuspecting clients of thousands of rands by purporting to be an advocate has handed herself over to the police.  

ancSunday Tribune reports that the ANC national executive committee (NEC) last weekend proposed that the government should buy poultry farms that were being forced to close down because of chicken imports.  

er24News24 reports that a 47-year-old man is in a critical condition after his arm got trapped in an industrial machine in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria, on Friday.  

denosa thumb medium60 92EWN reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) says it has on multiple occasions tried to meet with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) to deal with issues surrounding the process of nurses obtaining their practicing licences.  

VantageGoldfieldsNews24 reports that on Thursday night a small group of mineworkers and residents blocked off a main road and burnt tyres in protest over unpaid salaries and the abandoned rescue of three bodies trapped underground at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine.  

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benchmarksANA reports that the Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) said on Thursday the plight of a community near Sishen Iron Ore mine in the Northern Cape highlighted the need to properly compensate people whose lives were impacted by mining.  

farming thumb medium80 84Stafford Thomas writes that the World Economic Forum ranks SA as the second-most difficult country to operate in when it comes to labour relations, which drives an ineluctable move to mechanise in an economy suffering chronic unemployment.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the prospects of a strike affecting coal mines supplying power utility Eskom are good as three unions and the Chamber of Mines fell out this week over the structure of forthcoming wage talks.  

chickensEngineering News reports that the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) action task team is in the process of identifying several interventions to resolve the current crisis surrounding chicken dumping in SA’s poultry market.  

cosatuTimesLive reports that Cosatu has reiterated its call for Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to resign over his handling of the Lily Mine disaster and for failing to bring about urgent changes to the mining sector.  

joburgcityANA reports that Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on Thursday cancelled the City’s R1-billion co-production programme Jozi@Work, which was spearheaded by the previous administration, saying it was littered with patronage.  

newsBusiness Report writes that OneLogix, the listed niche logistics provider, has had to retrench about 50 employees in its auto logistics businesses because of the downturn in new vehicle sales.  

phiyegaBusinessLive reports that the Claassen board of inquiry has found that suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega is not fit to hold office and must be fired for mishandling the police’s response to the 2012 strike in Marikana.  

pscBusinessLive reports that the statutory body tasked with keeping public servants accountable says the Department of Public Works (DPW) has housed it in an "unfit building" in central Pretoria and the accompanying health hazards now leave it vulnerable to lawsuits from employees.  

solidariteitBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity wants clarity on Vodacom’s reported plans to implement a R15 billion empowerment deal.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it was disappointed with the decision of Sibanye Platinum to lodge a R26 million claim against the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) over ‘Section 54’ work stoppages.  

petrosaIOL News reports that PetroSA says its workers at the Mossel Bay Gas to Liquids Refinery have been left traumatised by the deaths of two employees who lost consciousness while working on a vessel.