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.

UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) on Sunday urged the SA Police Service (SAPS) to re-establish the railway police as it existed before it was incorporated into the regular police in 1986.  

pravingordanCity Press reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan promised on Tuesday that the controversial employment tax incentive (ETI), colloquially known as the ‘youth wage subsidy’, would be renewed next year.  

ZululandUniversitySunday Times reports that a probe into a new degrees-for-sale scam that has rocked the University of Zululand shows that more than 4,000 people may have paid for fake degrees there over the past 20 years.  

MatlosanalogoPretoria News reports that three judges of the High Court in Pretoria have said that for the City of Matlosana (Klerksdorp) to blame a librarian for being brutally raped while on duty at a community library was offensive, bizarre and deeply insensitive towards the woman.  

anglogoldashantiEWN reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has confirmed the deaths of two miners in separate incidents at AngloGold Ashanti mines this week.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94Independent on Saturday reports that petrol stations around the country have started running dry as a result of the petroleum sector strike.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 29 July 2016

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that a Pikitup employee was gunned down in Johannesburg on Friday and another one critically injured after SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members clashed with union officials’ bodyguards.  

strike thumb medium85 85Reuters reports that pharmaceutical workers launched an indefinite wage strike on Friday, potentially affecting production and distribution depots, a union official said.  

numFin24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has announced that its members at Eskom will go on a strike from 8 August 2016.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 28 July 2016.

southafricalogoBusiness Report writes that the Labour Department has stipulated new minimum wage levels for the taxi industry, which will see salaries increasing by an average of 6% as of 1 August 2016.  

necsa1Engineering News reports on a wage agreement reached between the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and labour unions, following months of negotiation.  

evrazBloomberg reports that ArcelorMittal SA (AMSA) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) are considering options that may lead to the reopening of Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium heavy-section steel mill after it was shuttered when the business was wound down.  

prasaNews24 reports that the Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa) says it cannot fight increasing violent crime at train stations on its own.  

sibanyeReuters reports that Sibanye Gold lost R135 million in revenue in the 12 months to June at its Kroondal platinum mine due to government safety stops, the company indicated on Thursday.  

ictBusinessTech reports that new survey data shows that South Africa faces a growing Information and communications technology (ICT) skills crisis of immense proportions.  

farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp reports that new research by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (Saldru) at UCT suggests that the 2013 increase in the minimum wage for farm workers caused a drop in employment.  

ceppwawuEWN reports that the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has assured motorists that fuel pumps won’t run dry due to a strike among workers in the petroleum producing sector.  The strike entered its second day on Friday.  

ann7ANA reports that a fund set up to assist axed SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists has been extended to help other news reporters, including the nine who were recently dismissed by Gupta-owned television news channel ANN7.  

FronemanBusiness Report writes that the message from Sibanye Gold boss Neal Froneman to investors on Thursday was that the difficult market conditions in the mining industry would require “bitter medicine”, including cutting salaries.  

ambulanceCaxton News Service reports that approximately 20 workers were transported to hospital after an industrial accident at a business in Elandsfontein in Johannesburg on Thursday morning.  

sabcCape Times reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko was told he could have his position back if he retracted everything he had written and said about the public broadcaster.  

statssaBDLive writes that SA has lost almost 500,000 jobs in the first six months of 2016, raising the alarm about the blood bath that could follow should the country slide into recession.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94The Citizen reports that at least 20,000 petroleum sector workers went on strike on Thursday, Clement Chitja, spokesperson for the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu), claimed.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 28 July 2016

petrolpump thumb medium80 94EWN reports that Shell South Africa says that it has put contingency plans in place after thousands of workers in the petroleum manufacturing sector downed tools.  

sabcThe Star reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news anchor and contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko will have to wait until Tuesday for his case to be heard in the High Court in Johannesburg.  

statssaThe second quarter of 2016 saw a decline in jobs of 129,000 compared to the previous quarter, according to the latest quarterly labour force survey released by Statistics SA on Thursday.  

headgearMining Weekly reports that Deepa Vallabh of law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is of the view that the draft reviewed Mining Charter Three is not an effective tool to achieve the transformation of the mining industry.