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.

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

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 7 October 2016.

pravingordanCity Press reports that government has revealed plans to announce a draconian medium-term budget, which will include cutting its numbers of civil servants.  

earningsFin24 reports that Cosatu handed a memorandum of demands to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Lechesa Tsenoli during the labour federation’s strike and march for decent work on Friday.  

newsNews24 reports that three people were killed when a truck they were loading fell on top of them at a river bed in Limpopo on Friday.  

implatsheadgear smlReuters reports that South Africa is developing drones for the mining industry for inspections in potentially unsafe areas underground, removing the need to put humans in harm's way.  

southafricalogoBDLive reports that Statistics SA’s quarterly financial statistics show that the government has managed to lower real employment cost growth by more than 28% year on year from its peak in the second quarter of 2015.  

ancSunday Independent writes about fears that the ANC’s promise to clear up corruption with random lifestyle audits will lead to a witch-hunt.  

sapsThe Star reports that 66 Gauteng police officers, among them 41 constables, 12 warrant officers and five sergeants, were dismissed between April and last month.  

easterncape thumb100 DispatchLive reports that the Eastern Cape government is forking out millions to hire private law firms for staff disciplinary cases.  

saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that South African Airways (SAA) is forging ahead with plans to rationalise flight deck crew costs, which may land it in a court fight with its about 800 pilots.  

generalmotorsHeraldLive reports that General Motors SA (GMSA) is on the verge of shedding jobs as a weakened economy has knocked the car giant and placed the motor industry under significant pressure.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that the government has come under fire from the labour movement for the latest losses in employment, with Cosatu calling the administration “feckless and uninspired” and out of its depth.  

ZululandUniversityBDLive reports that Nehawu has welcomed Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s attempts to end a nine-week strike by hundreds of University of Zululand (UniZulu) workers.  

strike thumb medium85 85DispatchLive reports that Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane will be intervening to try and resolve the illegal strike by 360 workers at Amatola Water.  

newsBusiness Report writes that prospects of the new vehicle manufacturing sector avoiding disruption caused by strikes in allied sectors have been boosted by developments.  

cosatuThe New Age reports that labour federation Cosatu is preparing for life without the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and its 127,000 members.  

sapsTimesLive reports that a Pretoria policeman is taking on a senior colleague after he was allegedly called a k***** in the Pretoria Central police station parking area three weeks ago.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 7 October to Sunday, 9 October 2016

sasolRidge Times reports about developments relating to the industrial action by members of the Association of Mineworkers (Amcu) at Sasol Mining, which commenced in August.  

statssaFin24 reports that employment figures dropped by 0.7%, or by 67,000 jobs, in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest quarterly employment statistics.  

earningsSowetanLive reports that Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson’s R100m salary was brought up on Friday as workers gathered in Johannesburg for the march organised by labour federation Cosatu.  

numThe Citizen reports that the battle to replace President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader took another turn on Thursday with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) weighing in again.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has issued a statement relating to Friday’s national protest action organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).  

amcu thumb medium80 81EWN reports that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa says that in order to deal with the inequalities in SA, the capitalist programme needs to be radically disrupted.  

parliamentCape Argus reports that ten thousand Cosatu workers are expected to descend on Cape Town’s city centre on Friday as they embark on a strike to mark International Day for Decent Work.  

samwu thumb medium80 78TMG Digital reports that as Cosatu marches in support of workers on Friday‚ the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) is demanding that contract workers be employed by cities across the country.  

sacpBusiness Report writes that with thousands of workers nationwide expected to join Cosatu’s strike for decent work on Friday, the SA Communist Party (SACP) pledged its support for the action.  

platinumbarBDLive reports that the platinum sector could avoid a protracted wage strike as occurred in 2014 with good progress being made in current talks about pay increases.