Today's Labour News

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weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 12 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, 11 April 2017.

boardroomtableTimesLive reports that unions representing workers who have embarked on a nationwide bus strike will be meeting with employers on Wednesday afternoon to try and reach an agreement that could put an end to the strike.  

vavi1ANA reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, leader of the newly established SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), said on Tuesday that President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle was not aimed at radical economic transformation.  

zumaZuma well on his birthday as “as a cadre of our movement”.  However the labour federation would not take part in Wednesday afternoon’s festivities when the African National Congress (ANC) would celebrate Zuma’s birthday in Kliptown.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament's transport portfolio committee chairperson Dikeledi Magadzi has expressed concern about the countrywide bus strike.  Bus drivers stepped on the brakes on Wednesday, leaving thousands of commuters stranded.  

samwu thumb medium80 78SABC News reports that residents of Giyani in Limpopo say protest action by members of the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) is having a negative impact on them.  

newsNews24 reports that stranded commuters in Cape Town formed queues at minibus taxi ranks and forced their way into already overcrowded trains on day one of a nationwide bus strike on Wednesday.  

zumaEWN reports that President Jacob Zuma told residents in Westonaria on Tuesday that he was proud of them for taking agriculture seriously and promised them that government would work hard to ensure that they have jobs.  

employment thumb100 Fin24 reports that KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala on Tuesday presided over the signing ceremony relating to a R4.5bn investment into a titanium dioxide pigment production plant in Richards Bay.  

vavi1Mail & Guardian reports that the newly established South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) lost its first application for protest action, which it sought at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) in terms of section 77 of the Labour Relations Act.  

coalMining Weekly reports that two trade unions on Tuesday publicly backed the sale by Anglo American of coal assets to Seriti Resources, the new black-owned start-up.  

UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) said on Tuesday that it had no other option but to ask its members to embark on an indefinite strike, after the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) refused to increase its final wage offer of 6%.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that thousands of commuters were left stranded as bus drivers went on a wage strike nationally on Wednesday.  Those striking include long distance bus drivers.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 11 April 2017

panafricanBusiness Report writes that Pan African Resources (PAR) said on Monday that the R40 million refurbishments of underground shafts at subsidiary Evander Gold Mines in Mpumalanga would be completed this weekend.  

strike thumb medium85 85Engineering News reports that the staff of Golden Arrow Bus Services around the country will go on strike later this week after industry wage negotiations deadlocked, as a result of which the company will institute a company-wide lock-out.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Fin24 reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) said in a statement on Monday that a successful no confidence-motion in Parliament unseating President Jacob Zuma could restore SA’s ratings credibility.  

numsaeNCA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says the looming strike in the passenger bus sector could be averted if employers meet workers’ demands by at least Tuesday evening.  

satawu thumb medium90 101ANA reports that the SA Transport & Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) says that the looming strike action in the passenger bus sector is not only about wages but better working conditions and transformation.  

sapsANA reports that Eastern Cape police are investigating a case of attempted murder after it emerged that a lift at the Mount Road police station in Port Elizabeth was allegedly tampered with.  

prasaMoneyweb reports that one of the first tasks for the reinstated Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) board will be to pay Collins Letsoalo several million rand in back pay.  

eskomFin24 reports that new Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has delayed the signing off of Eskom's Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with key renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs).  

healthcareThe New Age reports that false medical certificates issued by corrupt doctors are costing the economy dearly and have resulted in an investigation by the Health Professions Medical Council of SA (HPCSA).  

eskomEWN reports that a protest at Eskom's Kusile power station entered its sixth day on Monday, with employees demanding better working conditions and skills development.  

nehawu80Cape Times reports that hundreds of NGOs that rely on government funding to operate face an uncertain future with reports that grants might be paid late due to the ongoing social workers’ strike.  

protestTMG Digital reports that opposition parties have called for a rolling mass action campaign in solidarity with the Zuma Must Fall movement‚ starting with a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 10 April 2017

strike thumb medium85 85Thousands of bus drivers are set to go on a national strike from Wednesday after they failed to reach a wage agreement with their employers.  Trade unions Numsa, Satawu and Towu served employers with a 48-hour strike notice on Monday.  

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 7 April 2017.