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.

sapsCape Times reports that six police officers were attacked in six days in the Western Cape, while three of them were slain.  This startling statistic has left Hawks head Mthandazo Ntlemeza and provincial police commissioner Khombinkosi Jula “deeply disturbed”.  

zumaTimesLive reports that the SA Policing Union (Sapu) says that President Jacob Zuma is constantly surrounded by 22 police bodyguards, who are drawn from a team of 88 members of the presidential close-protection unit.  

minerBusiness Times tells the harrowing stories of two widows of miners who died of lung disease and writes that there are thousands of South Africans due a pension or payout under the Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act (Odmwa).  

sapsDispatchLive reports that in a bid to make up for perilous manpower shortages, acting national police commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane has urged members of the public in good standing and with no criminal records to join the SA Police Service (SAPS) as reservists.    

newsSABC News writes that work is well underway to establish a trade union federation to rival the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).  

MISALogoBusiness Report writes that the Motor Industry Staff Association (Misa) has refused to be part of the wage settlement agreement signed by the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) for the retail motor industry.  

fawuTMG Digital reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has vowed to shut down parts of the Pretoria CBD today as part of nationwide protests against the pending introduction of the sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) tax.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 26 November and Sunday, 27 November 2016

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that Metrorail has asked Western Cape commuters to make alternative transport arrangements on Sunday as all train services have been suspended.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 25 November 2016

mosebenzizwaneCity Press reports that labour federation has called for Mosebenzi Zwane to resign or be removed from his position, saying that it has no confidence in him as the minister of mineral resources.  

Netwerk24 reports that on Wednesday safety officers took 14 zama zamas (illegal miners) into custody at the same mine outside Welkom where on Tuesday night a mini-war took place.  

south32Mining Weekly writes that after the deaths of four employees during the past year, South32 needs to initiate a complete step-change in the way it approaches its safety commitments in SA.  

numsaTMG Digital reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday slammed labour federation Cosatu’s decision to endorse Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Jacob Zuma as president of the ANC in 2017.  

RobertsonWineryBusiness Report writes that Robertson Winery workers are determined to continue their fight for better working and living conditions despite reaching an agreement with their employer.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TMG Digital reports on a Labour Court case in which an “excellent maths teacher” was found to have been unfairly fired for earning extra cash as a municipal councillor.  

healthcareTimesLive reports that sky-high medical negligence claims are forcing obstetricians out of private practice, to the extent that the gynaecological society has warned that there won't be any left in the private sector by 2020.  

GEMSNetwerk24 reports that the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) has got huge increases in contributions in store for members for 2017.  

busaANA reports that Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Thursday welcomed the National Council of Provinces’ passing of the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Act, based on the consensus reached in Nedlac.  

daTMG Digital reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is “very satisfied” at the last two days’ proceedings in the Western Cape High Court in the Hlaudi Motsoeneng matter.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 24 November 2016

sidumodlaminiANA reports that the leadership collective of labour federation Cosatu on Thursday said none of them had ever received money from the wealthy Gupta family, which has accused of wielding influence in the affairs of the state.  

ancylBusinessLive reports that ANC Youth League president Collen Maine has accused labour federation Cosatu of holding a gun to the ANC’s head by publicly endorsing Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the party.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Thursday downplayed Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s influence at the public broadcaster, saying his position as group executive of corporate affairs was equivalent to that of a "glorified public relations officer".  

RobertsonWineryGroundUp reports that the 14-week strike at Robertson Winery has ended and farmworkers will return to work on Monday after agreeing to an 8% or R400 increase (whichever is greater).  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 23 November 2016.

miner thumb medium90 104Sowetan reports that a veteran trade unionist has warned the mining industry and the government that failure to urgently address the issue of thousands of mineworkers who were buried in unmarked graves during apartheid could lead to anarchy.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Mining Review reports that Atlatsa Resources has announced that its Bokoni Platinum Mines has concluded a two-year wage agreement with three unions, effective from 1 July 2016.  

protestThe New Age reports that three unions on Wednesday demanded that AEL Mining Services put to an end to what they claimed were practices of "exploitation, discrimination and oppression".  AEL is a subsidiary of the AECI Group.

angiemotshekgaANA reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Wednesday said it was unfair and offensive to accuse her of failing to act against the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) after a report pointed to the union’s strangle-hold on six provincial departments.