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.

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that more than R3 billion will be invested in South Africa by the Amdec Group for five Marriott International branded hotels.  

implatsheadgear smlSungula Nkabinde writes that mining companies’ quest for improved productivity is sure to be meet with resistance from labour, especially because the simplest way to achieve that goal is through increased mechanisation.  

cosatuBDLive writes that trade union federation Cosatu is looking to use Friday’s national mass action to prove it still wields muscle in the labour market.  

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amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that wage talks are at a "critical stage" between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum and Lonmin.  

wftuTimesLive reports that while President Jacob Zuma was addressing delegates at the 17th World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) Congress in Durban on Wednesday, striking University of Zululand (UniZulu) workers tried to bulldoze their way into the venue.  

UNTUThe United National Transport Union (UNTU) reports the brutal murder of one of its members, Thandi Nocela, who was killed in Sasolburg on Saturday morning by a male known to her.  The suspect has been arrested.  

salgaBDLive reports that former Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau’s new job keeps him in the local government sector as he has been appointed chairman of the SA Local Government Association (Salga).  

sidumodlaminiNews24 reports that, while President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday failed to mention the national crisis over tertiary education fees at the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) Congress, Cosatu leader Sidumo Dlamini was more forthcoming on the matter.  

zumaThe Citizen reports that at the 17th World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) congress on Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma cited the dangers of the capitalist system in his speech.  

SolidarityMovementSABC News reports that the Solidarity Movement, which includes trade union Solidarity, on Wednesday announced a ten point plan to help bring universities back on track and have the academic year continued with.  

A Re YengANA reports that arsonists petrol bombed an A Re Yeng rapid transit bus in Pretoria on Wednesday, leaving four passengers and the driver injured.  The bus was extensively damaged by the fire.  

sibanyeANA reports that a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) member who was attacked and severely assaulted at Sibanye’s Gold Cooke 2 operation, allegedly by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members, died on Wednesday morning.  

cosatuIOL News reports that SA is expected to see one of its biggest strikes in recent years with Cosatu saying that it expects about 200,000 of its members to take to the streets on Friday to demand decent work.  

edconBloomberg reports that Edcon Holdings, owner of the Edgars and Jet chains, plans to increase its workforce by almost 7% and slash prices as SA’s largest clothing retailer kick-starts a recovery plan.  

angloamerican fullReuters reports that Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), said on Wednesday that wage talks with unions, including the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) which is the majority union at the company’s Rustenburg mines, were "fairly close" to a deal.  

sibanyeBusiness Report writes that Sibanye Gold on Wednesday resumed its Cooke 4 operations following clashes between members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which left four miners injured.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 4 October 2016

sibanyeMining Weekly reports that Sibanye Gold has halted operations at its Cooke mine, after four employees were injured in an attack by unknown assailants in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  Two of the four employees were seriously injured and are being treated at local hospitals.  

fawuBusiness Report writes that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) says it will not take part in labour federation Cosatu’s national decent work march on Friday.  The union said on Tuesday that, while it supported the need for decent work, it would save its “energy” for its own rolling mass action against the government’s neo-liberal policies.  

ancBDLive reports that ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Monday said the party’s national executive committee (NEC) had called on the SABC’s board to review the decision to appoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng.  The ANC NEC also agreed on the need for a Parliamentary inquiry into the SABC board’s fitness to hold office‚ he told a media briefing.  

medicaldoctorBDLive writes that public hospitals will have 1,600 fewer doctors and the class of 2016 will miss out on graduation if the shutdown of universities continues.  This is the grim reality that came out of a failed fees imbizo in Kempton Park on Monday, where President Jacob Zuma made an opening address but then rushed off to fulfil his other obligations.  

fawuEWN reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has called on the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, to review the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) or risk having the union’s poultry workers go on strike.  Fawu officials say employers in the poultry industry are considering the retrenchment of about 12,000 because of the increased cost of production.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85EWN reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) was requested to attend the New York 2016 South Africa Tomorrow Investor Conference that will be held in New York on 4 and 5 October 2016.  Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan will lead the social partnership delegation consisting of the SA Reserve Bank Governor, a large number of business and labour leaders and the JSE to promote SA as an investor destination.  

VantageGoldfieldsBusiness Report writes that the families of three mineworkers trapped underground at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Gold Mine near Barberton since February have given up hope of the retrieval of their relatives’ mortal remains.  This comes after another attempt to retrieve their bodies by Mine Rescue Services revealed the 600m rescue shaft and the original ventilation shaft had deteriorated, making it unsafe to enter.  

northencapelogoNetwerk24 reports that on Tuesday afternoon the Department of Health in the Northern Cape will be challenging the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) with an urgent interdict application in the high court to halt any further disruptive conduct.  This will follow the chaos that took place on Monday morning when protesting members of the union locked the gates to the Kimberley Hospital.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that a Nelson Mandela Bay municipal official was killed on Sunday in a shootout in Motherwell between robbers and a security escort assigned to protect refuse collection staff.  A suspect was also shot dead.  Detectives will be investigating whether the incident was linked to the ongoing feud between the municipality and refuse collectors over lunch and tea breaks, or if it was a robbery.  The attack comes after municipal management applied to the Labour Court last week for an interdict against the refuse workers, who are reportedly on a go-slow.

sabcThe Citizen reports that the message delivered in the joint protest by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Congress of the People (Cope) at the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s headquarters in Auckland Park on Monday morning was that Hlaudi Motsoeneng must go and the existing SABC board must be disbanded.  Motsoeneng took up his new position as group executive for corporate affairs after the Supreme Court of Appeal terminated his intention to appeal a Western Cape High Court ruling thast found his appointment as COO to be “unlawful and irrational”.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 3 October 2016

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) is mobilising its members to join Cosatu’s national one-day strike on Friday, 7 October 2016, during the International Day of Action.  The labour federation will be demanding an outright ban on labour brokers, the scrapping of the e-tolling system and a concerted drive in defence of jobs and against retrenchments.   Samwu will be demanding the end of casualisation of work, particularly in local government.