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.

sabcCity Press reports that, after finishing a first round of argument on Friday in the Labour Court against the employees it has fired, the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will have to brace itself for another day in court on Thursday.  

chrisgriffithBusiness Report writes that, as wage talks in the platinum sector, which began earlier this month, enter a critical phase, Chris Griffith, CE of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), believes there is little appetite for industrial action.  

earningsTimesLive reports that a new report titled "A National Minimum Wage for South Africa", released on Monday at Wits University indicates that a minimum wage of about R5,000 a month could be just what SA needs to boost its economy.  

handcuffsANA reports that seven suspects arrested in connection with the murder of a North West policeman were due to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday.  

ceppwawuANA reports that the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) has served a 48-hours’ strike notice on employers in the chemical industry, the National Petroleum Employers Association and also the National Bargaining Council for the Chemical Industry.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 25 July 2016

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 22 July 2016.

durbanDaily News reports that Durban Transport commuters had to make other transport arrangements on Monday morning as the bus strike continued into its fifth day.  

Saturday Star reports that trade union Solidarity is confident that four of its members dismissed by the SABC will return to work as soon as this week.  Solidarity chief executive Dirk Hermann said:  “We believe we’ve done enough to convince the court to reinstate our members.”  

earningsBloomberg reports that Naspers increased the compensation of its CEO Bob van Dijk by 5% as the company prepared to further boost its international internet business in the face of falling pay TV customers in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

sabcWeekend Argus reports that an unspoken protest by SABC TV news staff, who were all dressed in black when they were on camera on Friday, “was not a protest”, according to SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago.  

medicaldoctoreNCA reports that overworked South African junior doctors are calling for new regulations on working hours.  This follows the death of a young intern who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel after working a very long shift.  

statssaBDLive reports that South Africa’s unemployment crisis will be laid bare when data are released this week amid SA’s struggle to revive the economy.  

minerBusiness Report writes that former mineworkers, or their beneficiaries, in South Africa and neighbouring countries were owed as much as R10 billion in unclaimed benefits, Deputy Minister for Mineral Resources Godfrey Oliphant said on Friday.  

solidariteitNews24 reports that judgment in the case of the four SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who were fired last week will be handed down in the Labour Court Cape Town on Tuesday, trade union Solidarity said on Monday.  

boardroomtableBusiness Report writes that three sessions of negotiations between SA’s vehicle manufacturers and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) have failed to achieve agreement on any of the union’s demands.  

necsa1Netwerk24 reports that the Pelindaba reactor might have to be shut down this week as a result of the biggest strike ever at the facility.  

NMMUHeraldLive reports that Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will soon open SA’s 10th medical school, vice-chancellor Professor Derrick Swartz announced at the weekend.  This comes after years of campaigning by the university.  

graduate thumb100 TimesLive reports that Universities SA, which represents local universities, has recommended to the Fees Commission of Inquiry that employed graduates should be forced to pay a graduates' tax to help fund free higher education.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 23 July and Sunday, 24 July 2016

SWEATANA writes that a “Good practice guide” for sex workers is a fundamental tool in educating those in the industry about their rights and vulnerabilities and ensuring sex workers are tested and treated for HIV.  

postoffice thumb100 The New Age reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) has moved to allay fears on the part of workers that it would renege on a recently concluded wage accord.  

durbanIndependent on Saturday reports that striking Durban bus drivers said on Friday that if their demands were not met they would disrupt next month's municipal elections, and would not vote.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 22 July 2016

labourcourtsBDLive reports that the Labour Court hearing into the dismissal of four SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists was heard on Friday, with Judge Robert Lagrange saying he would try give judgment on Monday morning.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 21 July 2016.

handcuffsEWN reports that there has been an apparent breakthrough in the investigation into an attack on two paramedics at the Happy Valley informal settlement in Cape Town.  

earningsFinancial Mail reports that at Investec’s AGM on 4 August 2016, CEO Stephen Koseff’s "big bucks" will come under fierce scrutiny.  

sapsHeraldLive reports that a delayed multimillion-rand upgrade of the Bethelsdorp police station has caused detectives to book off sick due to “unworkable” conditions.  

minerBDLive reports that legislation providing for the merger of statutes that provide benefits for occupational diseases may be in force by the end of the 2016-17 financial year.