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.

earningsBDLive reports that executive directors awarded themselves considerably more than inflation-linked increases in pay during 2015, even as they called on workers to be responsible in their wage demands.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Argus reports that Western Cape trains are set to become a lot safer within the next decade as a multibillion-rand national roll-out plan will see the rail infrastructure modernised and security systems upgraded.  

solidariteitBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity has won its Constitutional Court appeal against the employment equity plan of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).  

uberCape Argus reports that 15 metered-taxi drivers were arrested on Thursday after participating in a protest in Cape Town against the Uber taxi service.  The drivers called the Uber taxis “illegal” and demanded that Transport MEC Donald Grant should remove them.  

earningsMoneyweb reports that the King IV report on corporate governance will introduce the idea that executive pay should be “fair and responsible” in the context of overall employee pay.  

southafricalogoTimesLive reports that scaffolding supplier Form-Scaff is to argue that Murray & Roberts (M&R) did not properly erect the scaffolding supporting the temporary Sandton bridge that collapsed on the M1 highway in October last year.  

MassmartTMG Digital reports that Massmart has distanced itself from job seekers who wait outside its stores and offer their services to contractors and do-it-yourself homeowners.  

mtnBusiness Report writes that in a statement issued on Thursday, cellular operator MTN SA said it has inked a wage agreement with the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  

eskomEWN reported late on Thursday that power utility Eskom said it was still negotiating with workers at Rotek who have downed tools over wages and performance bonuses.  

graduate thumb100 TimesLive reports that senior government officials, as well as an SRC president, are under investigation after allegedly buying academic degrees from the University of Zululand.  

pravingordanTimesLive reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has appealed to workers and employees who are in wage negotiations to consider the economy in the decisions they make.  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 13 July 2016.

samwu thumb medium80 78eNCA reports that protest action broke out in Meyerton on Thursday morning when municipal employees at the Midvaal Municipality barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres.  

farming thumb medium80 84TMG Digital reports that the Constitutional Court on Thursday held that a woman who stayed on a farm where her husband worked was an occupier in her own right under the Extension of Security of Tenure Act.  

boardroomtableMoneyweb reports that according to Dr Martin Kaggwa from the Sam Tambani Research Institute, SA’s mining sector is not doing enough to transform itself at an executive level.  

sabcNews24 reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees were desperate to leave the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  

platinumbarAhead of the imminent commencement of wage negotiations in respect of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin, Warren Dick distills the facts relating to the processes in a question and answer format.  

tshwane thumb100 TMG Digital reports that Autopax bus services in Mamelodi‚ which had to be suspended when 19 buses were torched in violence related to the ANC mayoral contest in the capital‚ resumed on Thursday.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that the Cape Town Metrorail train driver who was shot dead on Monday will be remembered at a memorial service on Thursday.  

cwu thumb medium90 95News24 reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on Wednesday criticised the SA Communist Party (SACP) for joining protests against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

gunDaily News reports that two men, believed to be striking hospital workers, were killed and a security guard was wounded in a shoot-out at Durban’s King Edward VIII Hospital on Wednesday.  

earningsBusinessTech reports that new data show a massive difference between the median pay of black and white professionals in South Africa.  

cosatuNews24 reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday broke ranks with the African National Congress (ANC) on the protests in Zimbabwe, by expressing its support for the protesters.  

ICASAEE Publishers writes that, despite assurances by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) management, the strike at the agency, now in its second week, is causing major disruption as no licences can be issued.  

solidariteitMining Weekly reports that Solidarity’s general secretary Gideon du Plessis said on Wednesday that there were certain aspects contained in the draft Mining Charter that conflicted with the Employment Equity Act (EEA).  

houseBDLive reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is to invest R10.5bn in the construction of housing for households that earn too much to get government subsidies and too little to qualify for bank loans.  

numsaNatasha Marrian writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa’s) offspring, the United Front (UF), is registered to contest local government elections in several provinces under different names.  

strike thumb medium85 85Eskom has confirmed that employees at its Rotek engineering facilities in Germiston downed tools on Wednesday over performance bonuses.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 13 July 2016

cwu thumb medium90 95BDLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on Wednesday distanced itself from suggestions it had signed a restructuring agreement that precipitated an ongoing strike at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa).