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.

earningsThe New Age reports that a meeting next week between stakeholders is expected to hear about progress made by the advisory panel tasked with setting an appropriate level at which to set the national minimum wage (NMW).  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 12 October 2016

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 11 October 2016.

witsuniversityNews24 reports that police fired rubber bullets and used a water cannon on female University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) workers who had stripped to their underwear in a protest on Tuesday.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was due to hold a mass meeting at Sibanye Gold Cooke Operations on Wednesday afternoon.  

salgaBDLive reports that a union believes the DA’s plan to withdraw its membership from the SA Local Government Association (Salga) is a deliberate attempt to collapse collective bargaining in the municipal sector.  

witsuniversitySABC News reports that Head of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Dr Kelly Gillespie, says she and others have set up an observation group to monitor the violence happening on their campus.  

tshwane thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that one of the women who was injured last week in a petrol bomb attack on a Pretoria municipal bus was apparently herself one of the attackers.  She died in hospital on Tuesday as a result of her injuries.  

newsDaily News reports that six Sharks Board employees were rescued after the boat they were using to check on shark nets capsized off eManzimtoti Beach on Monday.  

pscTMG Digital reports that the Public Service Commission (PSC) says regulations that will result in government officials being arrested for doing business with the state from February next year are to be extended to politicians.  

graduate thumb100 TimesLive writes that a brain drain that would hollow out SA’s top tertiary educational institutions could be looming as panicked academics look for jobs overseas.  

sasolRidge Times reports that striking members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) say they aren’t intimidated by Sasol Mining’s SMSs that they should return to work by 12 October unless they want to lose their jobs.  

unisaMail & Guardian reports that, while several universities experience growing campus unrest over demands for free higher education, senior administrators at Unisa are donating half of their bonuses to assist students in need.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is amenable to the introduction of a fuel sector bargaining model, according to general secretary Irvin Jim.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 11 October 2016

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 10 October 2016.

Business Report writes that work-related stress and major depression, burnout and anxiety disorders are costing SA’s economy an estimated R40.6 billion a year, equivalent to 2.2% of GDP.  

graduate thumb100 ANA reports that the Pharmaceutical Society of SA (PSSA) said on Monday that the possibility of pharmaceutical students not be being able to graduate due to ongoing protests across universities was a concern.  

sibanyeThe New Age reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has welcomed Sibanye Gold’s probe into the death of a mineworker at the gold producer’s Cooke 4 operation in Westonaria.  

bladenzimandeFin24 reports that Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, has placed the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) under administration.  

WorkplaceMyBroadband reports that Facebook has announced that Workplace (formerly Facebook at Work) is now available to any company or organisation that wants to use it.  

GeneralMotorsNetwerk24 reports that more than 1,000 employees at General Motors SA (GMSA) are ready to strike if the vehicle manufacturer lays off workers without adequate compensation.  

vwBusiness Report writes that Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has installed 320 new robots in the body shop at its vehicle manufacturing plant in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.  

easterncape thumb100 RNews reports that the strike by Eastern Cape traffic police has spread to three of the six district municipalities in the province, the Democratic Alliance (DA) warned on Monday.  

earningsBDLive reports that Murray & Roberts (M&R) paid CEO Henry Laas R14.7m in the financial year to June, made up of R5.9m in guaranteed pay, R6.4m in short-term incentives and R24m in long-term incentives.  

newsThe New Age reports that a nature reserve employee with years of experience in handling tigers was mauled to death by a tiger at the Laohu Valley Reserve near Phillippolis in the Free State.  

sabcBDLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) will once again approach the High Court in a bid to have the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as SABC group executive of corporate affairs declared invalid.  

Stats SABDLive reports that statistician-general Pali Lehohla says that SA’s low growth will leave many people outside the labour market, with about 400,000 people failing to find employment every year.  

NomvulaMokonyaneDispatchLive reports that striking Amatola Water workers returned to work on Sunday morning following urgent intervention by the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 10 October 2016