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.

newsTMG Digital reports that the death toll after an explosion at a disused mine in the Free State has risen to 29.  

eskomFin24 asks whether Brian Molefe resigned, retired or was retrenched as Eskom CEO and, more importantly, whether he will be retained as chief executive following his surprise return to the state power utility?  

prasaNetwerk24 reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has accepted the final salary increase offer made by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), under which Metrorail falls.  

GeneralMotorsTMG Digital/BusinessLive report that General Motors (GM) informed employees and unions on Thursday morning that it is quitting South Africa.  

transhexMining Weekly reports that the Trans Hex Group on Wednesday confirmed that it had placed its Bloeddrif mine, in the Richtersveld region of the Northern Cape, on care and maintenance.  

newsMoneyweb reports that Stuttafords has shut three of its department stores as the struggling company puts up a fight to fend off liquidation.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a 62-year-old man has been sentenced to one year in prison for illegal mining and the unlawful possession of unpolished diamonds in the Schweizer-Reneke District Court in North West.  

sabcTMG Digital/TimesLive report that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng may finally face the music after a last-minute bid to halt a disciplinary hearing failed on Wednesday night.  

newsBusinessLive reports that trade unions have made renewed calls for the scrapping of the Employment Tax Incentive four years after its launch.  

equalopportunityPatrick Bracher, attorney, and Xhanti Payi, economist, write about the role of business in protecting and promoting the rights of employees who are part of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, who are often silent in the workplace.  

southafricalogoBusinessTech reports that earlier this year the Minister of Labour announced an amendment to the “scale of benefits” described in the Unemployment Insurance Act and amendments then came into effect on 1 April.  

absalogo thumb100 City Press reports that black professionals at Absa Capital on Tuesday staged a walk out after a top black manager, Phakamani Hadebe, was passed over for the position of head of corporate and investment banking.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that SA Airways (SAA) cabin crew members are seeking to resume a strike over meal allowances as early as next week.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 17 May 2017.

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protestCity Press reports that it is believed that the Bapo ba Mogale youth who have been demanding jobs from Lonmin may have decided to halt their protest following the death of the paramount chief in the area.  

harmonyEWN reports that another 13 bodies have been retrieved from the Eland gold mine shaft, bringing to 24 the number of fatalities following a explosion at the Welkom operation.  

newsTMG Digital reports that lump sum compensation payouts have been made to the families of mineworkers Pretty Nkambule‚ Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi who were killed in a sinkhole tragedy at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga in February last year.  

ancTMG Digital/BusinessLive reports that according to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, a meeting held with ANC officials about the reappointment of Eskom CEO Brian Molefe agreed that government would resolve the matter.  

free stateNetwerk24 reports that the state official who was suspended after he participated in a protest march against President Jacob Zuma has approached the labour court to get his suspension lifted.  

Central Rand GoldANA reports that Central Rand Gold (CRG) said on Wednesday it has reached agreement with union representatives to end the 11-day industrial action following "robust negotiations".  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF) CE Sibusiso Luthuli has justified the fund’s decision to grant Eskom CE Brian Molefe a R30m ‘early retirement’ pension payout on the basis of a rule pertaining to retrenchment.  

healthcareGroundUp reports that the SA Medical Association (SAMA) and public interest law firm Section 27 have warned that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health system is in dire straits.  

sabcFin24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Sunday advertised the role of chief operating officer (COO), following Hlaudi Motsoeneng's removal from the acting role in 2016.  

chrisgriffithReuters reports that Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo American Platinum, said on Tuesday that policy uncertainty in SA and low commodity prices were hurting investment in the mining sector and would lead to further job cuts.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Reuters reports that the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) said on Tuesday after participation in talks with Fitch that the ratings agency was very concerned that SA’s economic and political situation was not improving.  

solidariteitMining Review reports that trade union Solidarity has pointed out that platinum producer Lonmin’s continued existence and success are important to communities and the local economy.  

samwu thumb medium80 78TimesLive reports that workers affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in the Mangaung Metro in the Free State have downed tools‚ making a variety of demands to the municipality.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 16 May 2017.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90EWN reports that platinum producer Lonmin Mine says it is still assessing job creation proposals by its service providers and will update the Bapong community on the outcome this week.