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.

cosatuBusiness Report writes that trade union federation Cosatu has called for the legalising and regulation of artisanal and illegal miners.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 12 September 2016

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 9 September 2016.

newsTMG Digital reports that friends and family members of illegal miners trapped underground in a disused Langlaagte mine have accused rescuers of reluctance to save their lives.  

cosatuBDLive writes that affiliates of labour federation Cosatu in the main agree that President Jacob Zuma should step down, but believe this message must be communicated to the ANC in a way that is less confrontational than the approach adopted by its former general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi.  

MineRescueServicesTimesLive reports that an underground fire and deadly gases are preventing rescue teams from recovering the bodies of illegal miners trapped in Johannesburg's oldest gold mine in Langlaagte.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that thousands of commuters were left stranded in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, on Monday after minibus taxi drivers downed tools over the alleged shooting of drivers in the area.  

goldfieldsMining Weekly reports that an employee was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine following a seismic event on Saturday.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that the focus of wage negotiations in the automotive industry shifts to the retail motor sector this week when the sector faces “make-or-break” discussions with trade unions about a new agreement.  

nehawu80News24 reports that parliamentary employees affiliated to the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) suspended their strike on Monday.  

satawu thumb medium90 101Netwerk24 reports that allegations that white pilots “sabotaged” SAA planes and that arrangements for an international flight were altered to suit a pilot’s family have led to the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) being sued for libel.  

labourcourtsSunday Times reports that the Labour Court has ordered Brandon Lourens, owner of the World Luxury Hotel Awards, to pay his former manager close to R800,000, which is inclusive of a severance payment of over R240,000, even though she resigned.  

healthcareBDLive reports that medical scheme members are likely to face higher-than-usual contribution increases in 2017, along with greater restrictions in their choice of health-care providers, according to Insight Actuaries.  

auroraCity Press reports that Zondwa Mandela, Thulani Ngubane and the Bhana family are the next targets for liquidators of collapsed mining company Aurora Empowerment Systems.  

natu thumb medium80 91ANA reports that the National Teachers’ Union (Natu) has called for free university education for teachers’ children and for the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) to be dissolved.  

npa thumb100 BDLive reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) plans to go after government officials accused of corruption in a bid to boost investor confidence and tackle graft.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 10 September and Sunday, 11 September 2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 9 September 2016

tshwane thumb100 BDLive reports that a former senior official who served in erstwhile Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa’s private office is among three ANC officials facing corruption charges.  

protestSABC News reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in Mpumalanga has raised concerns that meetings planned to take place between the Thusi Coal Mine workers and management were not happening.  

south32Business Report writes that South32 CE Graham Kerr lost around a third of his remuneration owing to four fatalities at the company’s South African operations.  

pikitupBusiness Report writes that Johannesburg’s new mayor, Herman Mashaba, has reportedly fired Pikitup MD Amanda Nair.  

earningsBDLive reports that Sasol management was told on Thursday that the company’s former CEO should be jailed for receiving an annual salary of R47m when workers were earning peanuts.  

healthcareThe New Age reports that a long-standing R200m tender dispute has left many military veterans without access to healthcare.  

VantageGoldfieldsBusiness Report writes that hopes are dim for retrieving the three miners who are trapped in an underground container at the Vantage Goldfields-owned Lily Gold Mine in Barberton.  

bmwBusiness Report writes that car manufacturer BMW South Africa says it plans to expand its IT workforce by 50% from 400 to 600 jobs by next year.  

parliamentNews24 reports that members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) who embarked on an unprotected strike at Parliament on Thursday could be fired if found guilty of misconduct.  

gunCaxton News reports that a group of heavily armed suspects entered one of the shops at Umlazi Mall in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Wednesday and, during the robbery, the suspects were approached by security guards who were on duty, and a shootout ensued.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that a new three-year agreement for the vehicle-manufacturing industry appears imminent.  

telkom thumb100 MyBroadband reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has voted to suspend its Telkom strike, while the telecoms company has said it wants to see all employees back at work on Friday.