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.

concourtCape Times writes that Friday’s Constitutional Court ruling that seven Department of Correctional Services (DCS) employees be promoted and remunerated retrospectively has vindicated those involved.  

gautengSaturday Star reports that the Gauteng Department of Health has only partially met a deadline to pay protesting community health workers.  While some workers said payments had been made, many more said there had been hiccups.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that new research on a national minimum wage (NMW) shows that more than 85% of economic sectors would see positive employment impacts, with minimal job losses elsewhere.  

protestThe Citizen reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) was expected to meet officials at the Midvaal local municipality on Monday following days of violent protest by disgruntled employees.  

numsaeNCA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is expected to picket outside Eskom's head office in Johannesburg on Monday.  

sabcBDLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Sunday said it would not abide by last week’s ruling of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to lift its ban on broadcasting footage of violent protests.  

graduate thumb100 The New Age reports that universities in South Africa are facing serious cash crunches and, unless the government dramatically increases funding of tertiary institutions, many will be forced to implement cost-cutting measures.  

farming thumb medium80 84TimesLive reports that farmworkers in Limpopo are having their contracts of employment drawn out in comic form so that they can understand them.  

mosebenzizwaneBusiness Report writes that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has visited Sibanye Gold to raise his concerns about increasing fatalities in the mining industry.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will today (Monday) refer its pay increase dispute with Eskom to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).  

sapsSunday Tribune reports that fed-up members of Durban’s Public Order Policing (Pop) Unit have decided to embark on a go-slow from Monday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 16 July and Sunday, 17 July 2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 15 July 2016

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90EWN report that Lonmin Platinum says it will have the country’s economic realities in mind when it starts wage talks with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) next week.  

earningsBDLive reports that executive directors awarded themselves considerably more than inflation-linked increases in pay during 2015, even as they called on workers to be responsible in their wage demands.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Argus reports that Western Cape trains are set to become a lot safer within the next decade as a multibillion-rand national roll-out plan will see the rail infrastructure modernised and security systems upgraded.  

solidariteitBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity has won its Constitutional Court appeal against the employment equity plan of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).  

uberCape Argus reports that 15 metered-taxi drivers were arrested on Thursday after participating in a protest in Cape Town against the Uber taxi service.  The drivers called the Uber taxis “illegal” and demanded that Transport MEC Donald Grant should remove them.  

earningsMoneyweb reports that the King IV report on corporate governance will introduce the idea that executive pay should be “fair and responsible” in the context of overall employee pay.  

southafricalogoTimesLive reports that scaffolding supplier Form-Scaff is to argue that Murray & Roberts (M&R) did not properly erect the scaffolding supporting the temporary Sandton bridge that collapsed on the M1 highway in October last year.  

MassmartTMG Digital reports that Massmart has distanced itself from job seekers who wait outside its stores and offer their services to contractors and do-it-yourself homeowners.  

mtnBusiness Report writes that in a statement issued on Thursday, cellular operator MTN SA said it has inked a wage agreement with the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  

eskomEWN reported late on Thursday that power utility Eskom said it was still negotiating with workers at Rotek who have downed tools over wages and performance bonuses.  

graduate thumb100 TimesLive reports that senior government officials, as well as an SRC president, are under investigation after allegedly buying academic degrees from the University of Zululand.  

pravingordanTimesLive reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has appealed to workers and employees who are in wage negotiations to consider the economy in the decisions they make.  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 13 July 2016.

samwu thumb medium80 78eNCA reports that protest action broke out in Meyerton on Thursday morning when municipal employees at the Midvaal Municipality barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres.  

farming thumb medium80 84TMG Digital reports that the Constitutional Court on Thursday held that a woman who stayed on a farm where her husband worked was an occupier in her own right under the Extension of Security of Tenure Act.  

boardroomtableMoneyweb reports that according to Dr Martin Kaggwa from the Sam Tambani Research Institute, SA’s mining sector is not doing enough to transform itself at an executive level.  

sabcNews24 reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees were desperate to leave the Communication Workers Union (CWU).