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.

implatsheadgear smlMining Weekly reports that trade union Solidarity says that 25,177 jobs have been affected by retrenchments in the mining industry in 2017 and it has pointed to the much-talked-about contentious Mining Charter Three as being a major contributing factor.  

kznuniversityDaily News reports that the fate of five University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) executives who were suspended for accusing vice-chancellor Dr Albert van Jaarsveld of racism has yet to be decided.  

Netcare911The Mercury reports that twenty people – including a pregnant woman – were safely evacuated from a lift after it became stuck between the 15th and 16th floors at a Durban building on Tuesday.  

Solidarity2Engineering News reports that trade union Solidarity has ranked South African Airways (SAA) as the most poorly managed State-owned enterprise (SOE) in the country.  

eskomReuters reports that cash-strapped power utility Eskom said on Tuesday that it has enough cash to pay wages and keep operations going for a few months and did not plan to retrench any workers despite a liquidity crunch.  

GEPFFin24 reports that Abel Sithole, principal executive officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), said on Tuesday that the fund was “over-exposed” to the South African economy and this needed to be addressed.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that David Ngwenya, who has been charged with the murder of Eskom employee Thembisile Yende, was due to appear on Wednesday in the Springs Magistrate's Court.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that a female train driver on the Durban/Stanger route was left traumatised on Tuesday morning after angry commuters who were late for work reportedly threw stones at her when she refused to proceed past a red stop signal.  

BapoBaMogaleANA reports that no arrests have yet been made following the arson attack on the Bapo-Ba-Mogale tribal office in Bapong near Brits on Thursday and investigations continue.  

groupfiveBusiness Report reports that further retrenchments are looming at Group Five following the revision by the listed construction and engineering group of its strategy.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has condemned the attack on Sunday on a Johannesburg metro police in Hillbrow.  

comAs the court challenge to the third Mining Charter begins, Robert Krause, researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University, writes that mining companies have done to communities what they accuse government of doing to them, namely drowning out their voices.  

employment thumb100 Cape Times reports that the construction of the groundbreaking Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has created a total of 7,284 direct and indirect jobs.  

cosatuNews24 reports that labour federation Cosatu said on Monday that it would reject the proposed ring-fencing of R50bn from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.  

healthcareBusinessLive writes that National Health Insurance (NHI) was not feasible without sustained economic growth and it required so much money there would have to be trade-offs with other spending plans such as expanding access to tertiary education.  

BCCEIEngineering News reports that to ease wage negotiations in its industry, the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) has embarked on building strong negotiations through training.  

sapsThe Mercury reports that twelve police officers, who had all been working at border posts in northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), have all been dismissed for engaging in “corrupt activities”.  

effSowetanLive reports that the EFF chief whip in North West has been accused of assault by a junior staff member at the provincial legislature after an argument.  

sabcThe Star reports that according to the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu), the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is not in the financial quagmire it claims to be in.  

sapsEWN reports that police in Hillbrow will meet with leaders from The Revelation Church of God after a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer was assaulted by members of the congregation.  

newsDaily News reports that cable ties fastened around a security guard’s wrists saved him from bleeding to death after robbers cut off his hand during an incident in Cato Ridge at the weekend.  

nursing thumb medium90 93ANA reports that a nursing agency has stopped providing nurses to the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in west Johannesburg because it is owed over R6 million by the Gauteng health department.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80Daily Voice reports on a case of alleged assault of an eight-year-old girl by a teacher at a Mitchells Plain primary school last week that resulted in the little girl being so traumatised that she now cries constantly and is scared to go to school.  

eskomReuters reports that state-owned power utility Eskom said on Monday it had healthy stockpiles across its coal-fired power stations and was building them further ahead of a potential coal sector wage strike by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 13 November 2017.

harmonyEWN reports that according to Harmony Gold it has reached an agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to end the strike at its Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville.  

newsEWN reports that the Revelation Church of God maintains its congregants were provoked by a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer who was clamping cars parked on the road.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba supported the recommendations of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers to raise the salaries of ministers and MPs.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Sunday appealed to Harmony Gold to take action against “thugs who have decided to target our members for reporting on duty” at the Kusasalethu gold mine on the West Rand.