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.

samalogo thumb medium85 87TMG Digital reports that public sector doctors are planning to lodge a formal objection over the Department of Health’s plan to scrap fixed overtime payments‚ which they say is being implemented while consultations are meant to be ongoing.  

protestThe New Age reports that high unemployment in Lephalale, home to Eskom’s Medupi and Matimba power stations and an open pit coal mine, has brought the town’s mayor and jobless people on a collision course.  

hawksJudgment was reserved on Wednesday in the North Gauteng High Court in a case in which the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and Freedom Under Law (FUL) are seeking to challenge the police minister, Nathi Nhleko’s, appointment in 2015 of Berning Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended the proposed R3,500 monthly national minimum wage (NMW), saying it would improve the living conditions of many locals.  

nehawu80TMG Digital reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has reiterated its call for Jacob Zuma to step down as state president.  

numsaThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it is set for rolling mass action in protest against the “super-exploitative” national minimum wage of R3 500 recently proposed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund has made steady improvements in the processing of claims, with R2.5bn in medical, compensation and pension claims processed so far this year.  

southafricalogoMining Weekly reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) says the investigation into the tragic Lily Mine disaster, which left three mineworkers trapped underground, will be converted into an inquiry.  

gautengThe Star reports that more than 750 employees of the forensic pathology services in Gauteng have been on an illegal strike since the beginning of the month, forcing the provincial Health Department to go the legal route to bring it to an end.  

petrosaCape Times reports that PetroSA workers have taken to protest after reports emerged that the state oil company paid 11 senior executives millions of rands in bonuses despite a loss of more than R14 billion in the past financial year.  

ramaphosa2EWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it doesn’t believe Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would change the condition of workers should he become the country’s next president.  

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

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hawksPretoria News reports that the appointment of controversial Hawks head, Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza, is being challenged in the Gauteng High Court by the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and Freedom Under Law (FUL).  

ehrenreichDaily Voice reports that Cosatu in the Western Cape has slammed President Jacob Zuma for lack of leadership and has publicly endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa as the new ANC president.  

gautengTMG Digital/The Times writes that the Gauteng economy needs to create 400,000 jobs consistently every year to put a serious dent in unemployment.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Greg Nicolson reports that Marikana women’s group Sikhale Sonke has withdrawn from a mediation process with platinum producer Lonmin that began after it lodged a complaint with World Bank investor, the International Finance Corporation.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Mercury reports that the successful applicants for as many as 800 senior posts - including heads of department, deputy principals and principals - at schools around KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have apparently yet to be announced.  

VantageGoldfieldsSABC News reports that the strike by the workers at Vantage Goldfields’ Barbrook Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga over unpaid November salaries is still continuing.  

farming thumb medium80 84The New Age reports that the abuse of undocumented farm workers is still rife in Limpopo – with workers getting paid between R60 and R80 a day instead of the gazetted R103 minimum daily wage.  

ORTamboBusinessLive reports that the Department of Home Affairs says it is still awaiting feedback on an application to deploy additional staff to immigration terminals at international airports to process foreign tourists.  

implatsFin24 reports that Gold Fields on Wednesday announced the resignation of its executive vice-president, Nico Muller, who will be leaving the company to take up the position of chief executive officer of Impala Platinum (Implats).  

panafricanBusinessLive reports that Pan African Resources is looking at all options to minimise disruptions to its Barberton mine from community unrest.  

employment thumb100 The Citizen reports that concerns about the potentially negative impact of a monetary cap on the employment tax incentive (ETI) available to employers have been heeded.  

gautengANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Tuesday that Gauteng community health workers were still waiting to be paid for November due to a cash crunch in the provincial health department.  

chickensANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Tuesday pledged its full support for the protest action by members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) against job losses in the poultry industry.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 6 December 2016

earningsBusinessLive reports that President Jacob Zuma has accepted the proposal not to give top public office bearers a pay rise in 2016-17.  

GEMSBusinessLive reports that SA’s 1.3-million public servants have until 8 December to consider whether to change healthcare plans after it was agreed on Tuesday that contributions to the Government Employee Medical Scheme (GEMS) will rise 15% from January 2017.  

presidencyEWN reports that The Presidency says there’s been a hold up in terms of the Claassen Board of Inquiry submitting its final report into Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office.