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 Engineering News reports that achieving 60% local content on vehicles assembled in SA will have a significant impact on the economy, including the creation of 49,000 new jobs and the addition of R68-billion to the gross domestic product.  

robdaviesEngineering News reports that SA’s clothing and textile sector has saved thousands of jobs with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) production incentives programme within the Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that overall employment across non-agricultural businesses, such as factories, offices and stores, as well as national, provincial and local government entities increased by 90,000, or 0.9%, year-on-year between December 2016 and December 2015.  

nehawu80Daily News reports that the ongoing strike by members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in the social development department is delaying justice for many awaiting-trial prisoners and families of the victims of crime.  

bhpBloomberg reports that BHP Billiton is taking diversity lessons from banks and law enforcement to achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 and to promote women into top executive roles.  

bladenzimandeBusinessLive reports that three Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) remain under administration for various reasons.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Miningmx reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu), is thought to have personally intervened in the unprotected strike at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine that ended on Thursday morning.  

strike thumb medium85 85Netwerk24 reports that a number of non-striking employees of the Gauteng Department of Social Development (DSD) have been seriously injured, with one of them admitted to intensive care, after they were assaulted at their homes by strikers.  

zumaBusinessLive reports that President Jacob Zuma met Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini and general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali on Wednesday, following a call earlier this week by the labour federation’s central executive committee (CEC) for Zuma to resign.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 6 April 2017

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ehrenreichNews24 reports that trade union federation Cosatu in the Western Cape has accused companies of double standards for giving their employees time off to protest against President Jacob Zuma.  

protestTMG Digital/The Times writes that if you're planning to march in a planned national shutdown on Friday‚ get it cleared with your boss.  

handcuffsTimesLive reports that a bogus doctor operating in a shack in Brits in the North West Province has been arrested for illegally treating patients and dispensing medication and medical certificates.  

protestNews24 reports that several marches and events, mainly in reaction to President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle, are expected to take place nationwide on Thursday and Friday.  

durbanTimesLive reports that, in an apparent backtrack‚ Durban mayor Zandile Gumede has said that “no one will be arrested or intimidated” for taking part in planned marches in the city on Friday – provided that protesters have permission.  

sandu1TMG Digital/The Times reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) is contemplating criminally charging Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe.  

cosatuANA reports that trade union federation Cosatu, which has called on President Jacob Zuma to quit, warned its members on Thursday not to join the anti-Zuma march to the Union Buildings organised by Save SA  

sarsMoneyweb writes that the lack of adequate public transport has forced many companies to provide transport services to their employees – either free or for less than the actual cost of getting them to and back from work.  

ccciCape Times reports that a survey conducted by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has found that more than 60% of Cape Town’s businesses are in favour of shutting so their workers can attend Friday’s march to Parliament.  

SANParksCaxton News Service reports that SANParks is investigating the elephant attack last week in which an employee was killed and another injured, while an inquest into the incident has been opened.  

protestANA reports that civil society organisations on Wednesday said they have pleaded with companies not to penalise employees who decided to join one of the marches on Friday calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that after six days of industrial action at the Kusasalethu gold mine, near Carletonville, striking workers have returned to work, Harmony Gold said on Thursday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 5 April 2017

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 4 April 2017.

numsaeNCA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has weighed in on last week’s Cabinet reshuffle, which it believes is the result of a clash between white and black capitalist classes.  

zumaNews24 reports that Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said on Tuesday that President Jacob Zuma was not indispensable.  

SanefANA reports that the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Tuesday urged ANN7 journalists who were threatened while doing their jobs to report such incidents to the police.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85City Press reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has joined the growing number of individuals, organisations and unions calling for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma following his controversial Cabinet reshuffle.  

protestPretoria News reports that some of the universities in Tshwane are facing uncertain times yet again, with outsourced workers reigniting a struggle over insourcing that started back in 2015.