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.

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 2 June 2016.

numBDLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is looking to slash costs to fund an aggressive recruitment drive as it continues to lose membership.  

goldbarsMining Weekly reports that several gold mining companies have filed individual applications to appeal against the silicosis class certification judgment handed down by the South Gauteng High Court on 13 May.  

implatsheadgear smlReuters reports that about 45,000 workers face layoffs in the South Africa's struggling mining sector, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday.  

solidariteitFin24 reports that trade union Solidarity and Safair, holding company of low-cost airline FlySafair, still do not see eye to eye.  

graduate thumb100 ANA reports that a survey conducted among over 1,500 South African students has revealed that 54% of the respondents plan to move abroad for work purposes in the next five years following their graduation.  

earningsTMG Digital reports that the Globe and Mail (G&M) has reported that, fearing they would be seen as using “slave labour”‚ Canadian officials are jacking up the salaries of South African firefighters who are in Alberta to battle a wildfire.  

KeatonEnergyMining Weekly reports that coal producer Keaton Energy’s subsidiary Leeuw Mining and Exploration (LME) has concluded a Section 189A process for the retrenchment of all 80 employees at its KZN Vaalkrantz colliery.  

earningsITWeb reports that Altron paid former Altech CEO Craig Venter R15 million in a "separation payment" when he left the company last year according to the IT organisation's 2016 Remuneration Report.  

encaEWN reports that eNCA says it has started consultations with its employees over its policy around the wearing of “doeks” following claims that the broadcaster canned a story because the reporter was wearing a headscarf.  

phiyegaANA reports that it was asserted on Thursday that Riah Phiyega was restricted from intervening in the labour unrest in North West prior to the Marikana massacre, and so there’s no way she could be liable for the orders that led to the massacre.  

numCape Times reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has lost 40% of its members in five years, which has resulted in the union operating at a financial loss since 2013.  

earningsBDLive writes that the £9m remuneration package that is on the cards for Old Mutual CEO Bruce Hemphill is part of a "unique pay structure designed for a unique set of circumstances", a group spokesman said on Thursday.  

OakbayBusiness Report writes that Gupta-owned information technology company Sahara Computers retrenched 40 workers on Thursday after it failed to resolve an ongoing battle with South Africa's major banks.  

bladenzimandeBDLive reports that the government remains confident of meeting its target of producing 30,000 artisans per year in line with the National Development Plan, despite the challenges faced by some training institutions.  

implatsANA reports that Impala Platinum Holdings said on Thursday that rescue teams were digging deeper into the ground in a bid to find trapped miner Ohemile Moses Maamogwa.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 2 June 2016

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 1 June 2016.

phiyegaANA reports that the Claassen board of inquiry probing the fitness for office of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega heard on Thursday that she must be must be removed from office.  

sasboMoneyweb reports that the Finance Union Sasbo has come out in support of banks’ decision to terminate their relationships with Oakbay Investments and the Guptas.  

ehrenreichTMG Digital reports that Cosatu’s Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich has challenged Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille to a public debate, in an escalating war of words over how the city is run.  

numBusiness Report writes that the divided National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has been weakened by leaders who are interested in forming part of the mooted new union federation.  

earningsFinancial Times reports that a shareholder rebellion was brewing at Old Mutual on Wednesday after the financial services group proposed a payout of 1,000% of base salary for its CEO Bruce Hemphill.  

sandf thumb medium90 89SABC News that the defence ministry is on a recruitment drive for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as the Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, is worried about the ageing force and declining capability.  

ufsSABC News reports that striking workers at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein have blocked the main entrance at the institution with their vehicles.  

santacoSABC News reports that the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says plans for a taxi strike are going ahead.  

implatsANA reports that the family of a trapped Impala Platinum (Implats) miner was due on Wednesday to go underground to see where he went missing.  

encaSowetanLive writes about the eNCA “doek” controversy relating to the decision to remove a reporter’s footage from a bulletin because she was wearing a head scarf (doek).  

newsTimesLive writes that the murder of a Gauteng estate agent has brought home the dangers of the job.  Hanlie Lategan was found dead in a stream in Randfontein, 20km away from where she arranged to meet potential home-buyers from Cape Town on Monday.  

auditorgeneralBDLive reports that Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu said on Wednesday that, despite an increase in the number of municipalities receiving clean audits, local government remained too reliant on the use of consultants.