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.

NaamsaBusiness Report writes that a total of 1,900 jobs were lost in the vehicle manufacturing industry in the fourth quarter of last year.  This represented a decline of 6% in total employment in the industry to 29,489 jobs on 31 December from 31,389 jobs at the end of the third quarter.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 31 March 2017 to Sunday, 2 April 2017

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that police last week evicted staff at the Jozini mortuary for staging a sit-in over grievances that included a lack of protective uniforms, a mortuary member of staff has said.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that Transnet has accepted it was its responsibility to ensure that fire hydrants were serviced at a Durban warehouse which it had leased out where a major fire broke out last week.  

ujANA reports that the insourcing process at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has been successfully concluded and the last cohort of 640 cleaning staff became new UJ employees as they commenced work on Saturday.  

gunIndependent on Saturday reports that SBV Services is offering a R1-million reward for information leading to the arrests and conviction of armed robbers who carried out a cash-in-transit heist at an ATM in Pinetown.  

cosatuEWN reports that union federation Cosatu says it will be holding a central executive committee (CEC) meeting on Monday to discuss, among many issues, the SA Communist Party’s (SACP’s) call for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma.  

sadtu90ANA reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) on Friday accused President Jacob Zuma of “rewarding mediocrity” after he moved Faith Muthambi from the communications ministry to the pblic service and administration ministry.  

sapu thumb medium80 79ANA reports that the SA Policing Union (Sapu) on Friday welcomed the appointment of the "young and energetic" new Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, who was once a deputy minister of police.  

SANParksTimesLive reports that a female SANParks employee was trampled to death by an elephant in the Kruger National Park on Thursday.  

meibcEngineering News reports that Solidarity has filed an application at the Labour Court to have the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) put under administration.  

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ictFinweek report that, despite the fact that most employees are becoming highly tech savvy and comfortable with mobile and cloud-based tools in their private capacities, local companies are slow to bring digital tools and platforms into the working environment.  

gunNews24 reports that a security guard was killed and another was fighting for his life in hospital following a shooting in Pinetown on Friday morning, paramedics said.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that the take-home pay of South Africans for last month declined 0.8% due to salary growth in nominal terms for the period being lower than the month’s inflation rate of 6.3%.  

vavi1ANA reports that former general secretary of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), Zwelinzima Vavi, on Thursday took his new South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on a roadshow to Mpumalanga.  

capetown thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that the Norwegian state-owned enterprise Vinmonopolet will until 7 April be holding special inspections at wine farms to make sure that international standards and legislation are being adhered to.  

solidariteitEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Thursday emphasised the importance of SA’s steel industry, stating that it was a “key enabler of every part of the South African economy”.  

uberIOL News reports that metered taxi operators in Pretoria have given the transport minister seven days to expel Uber operations, saying blood will be shed if this did not happen.  And in Johannesburg, tension rose between drivers of the two operations outside the Sandton Gautrain station on Thursday.  

newsSABC News reports that the Lily Mine Commission of Inquiry has heard that illegal mining could have caused a massive sinkhole which trapped three workers underground in 2016.  

protestNews24 reports that lobby group Save SA said after the announcement of President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle that it intended to mount a march in Pretoria on Friday.  Zwelinzima Vavi, under his new labour federation, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), will also be marching to Treasury on Friday.  

UNTUEWN reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) plans to approach the Western Cape High Court next week in a bid to force the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to beef up security around the country's rail network.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 30 March 2017

CapeTownlogoGroundUp reports that Barcelona informal settlement in Gugulethu is strewn with reeking portable chemical toilets after residents stopped cleaners from working last Friday, in protest against recruitment policies.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) plans to intensify its strike against the Road Accident Fund (RAF).  

handcuffsNews24 reports that ten police officers and eight home affairs officials were arrested in the Free State on Wednesday morning for allegedly extorting money from foreigners, the SA Police Service (SAPS) said.  

kznlogo thumb100 News24 reports that the Moerane Commission heard on Thursday that competition for councillor positions in the African National Congress (ANC) was one of the reasons for political killings in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

implatsheadgear smlBloomberg reports that in five case studies of mines, the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) found that most communities were unaware of the commitments companies made in their social plans and in almost all cases those promises were not fulfilled.  

satawu thumb medium90 101The Star reports that former members of the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) on Tuesday turned to the High Court to force the union to pay the R1 million it owed to them.  

Stats SATimesLive writes that SA’s elderly are bearing the brunt of the country's unemployment problem‚ with more than half of all old people living in households where everyone is unemployed.