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.

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has ruled that employers who use labour brokers are obliged to take on workers after three months if they fall below a certain earning threshold.  

SANParksEWN reports that the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) says it has filed a notice to strike at all national parks across the country.  

gigaba2Moneyweb reports that the Finance Minister unveiled a 14-point plan on Thursday to restore confidence in the economy that also called for the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the Chamber of Mines (COM) to come back to the table and try to resolve the impasse over the Mining Charter.  

healthcareTimesLive reports that thousands of vulnerable patients' lives could be at risk as the embattled KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health department faces yet another critical shortage of doctors.  

newsSABC News reports that veteran trade union leader Emma Mashinini was described as a champion of workers' rights by speakers at her memorial service that took place at Johannesburg's City Hall on Thursday.  

GEMSNetwerk24 reports that the giant state medical aid scheme Gems (Government Employees Medical Scheme) will be building a new head office at a cost of almost R200-million.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Daily News reports that nurses in various KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) public hospitals boycotted uniforms after the health department’s failure to pay their uniform allowances on time.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that JSE-listed Harmony Gold’s South Africa and Papua New Guinea operations achieved a milestone fatality-free quarter in the June 2017 quarter.  

farming thumb medium80 84TimesLive reports that Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) director-general Mike Mlengana has been suspended due to "governance-related issues"‚ but he has yet to be informed what exactly the charges against him are.  

concourtThe Citizen reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has come to the aid of a Cape Town brick-making firm by confirming an eviction order against a group of former employees who have been living on the firm’s land for free for the past five years.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that three men who killed a police officer near Secunda in February this year have been sentenced to life imprisonment, Mpumalanga police said on Thursday.  

Netcare911Caxton News Service reports that a man sustained severe and multiple injuries after falling off a building in Menlo Park, Pretoria, on Tuesday afternoon.  

meibcEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity announced on Thursday that it would pursue bilateral talks with employer organisations in the metals and engineering sector in a bid to break a three-week deadlock in wage negotiations.  

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

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that employees hired via labour brokerage firms will be entitled to benefits if they remain employed by a company for more than three months‚ the Labour Appeal Court has ruled.  

boardroomtableBusiness Report writes that the SA Engineers’ and Founders’ Association (Saefa) believes that the planned strikes by trade unions within the metal and engineering sector were not the only option available to workers.  

gautengTimesLive reports that residents in Soweto have been left frustrated after the Gauteng provincial government shut down five major taxi ranks.  

tshwane thumb100 The New Age reports that chaos could descend on the City of Tshwane on Monday as more than 3,000 private security guards have threatened to make it “ungovernable”.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that one of the unions negotiating with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) over working times on Saturdays has a simple message: "Call us only when you are ready to pay overtime.  Until then, there will be no work on Saturdays!"  

seifsaEngineering News reports that the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has described suggestions that it was only representing the interests of large employers in the metals and engineering sector as malicious “propaganda”.  

bladenzimandeBusinessLive writes that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges are underfunded because of over-enrolment and the Treasury projects that the funding gap will widen by 2020.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana has suspended his director-general, Mike Mlengana, with immediate effect.  A statement from the ministry did not provide reasons for the suspension and officials were not available for comment.  

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that a faction of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has distanced itself from members who held a Joburg council executive hostage on Wednesday.  

newseNCA reports that a memorial service was due to be held on Thursday afternoon for trade union pioneer and liberation struggle icon Emma Mashinini.  

SanefNews24 reports that the SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has welcomed Black First Land First’s (BLF’s) compliance with a High Court order that they should denounce violence against journalists.  

nehawu80EWN reports that at least 1,500 members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) have embarked on a strike after wage talks deadlocked with management at the Agricultural Research Centre.  

sacpTimesLive reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), has declined an invitation by the SA Communist Party (SACP) to the party’s national congress‚ presently underway in Boksburg.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Tuesday urged its members and “all other workers” to throw their weight behind the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), which it said was involved in a “life-or-death struggle” in the metal and engineering sector.  

NationalZooEWN reports that the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria has hired casual workers to keep the facility running smoothly amid a strike by its employees.  

gautengANA reports that the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of disputed taxi ranks and routes in Soweto following months of intimidation and violence.