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.

mtnBusiness Report writes that in a statement issued on Thursday, cellular operator MTN SA said it has inked a wage agreement with the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  

eskomEWN reported late on Thursday that power utility Eskom said it was still negotiating with workers at Rotek who have downed tools over wages and performance bonuses.  

graduate thumb100 TimesLive reports that senior government officials, as well as an SRC president, are under investigation after allegedly buying academic degrees from the University of Zululand.  

pravingordanTimesLive reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has appealed to workers and employees who are in wage negotiations to consider the economy in the decisions they make.  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 13 July 2016.

samwu thumb medium80 78eNCA reports that protest action broke out in Meyerton on Thursday morning when municipal employees at the Midvaal Municipality barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres.  

farming thumb medium80 84TMG Digital reports that the Constitutional Court on Thursday held that a woman who stayed on a farm where her husband worked was an occupier in her own right under the Extension of Security of Tenure Act.  

boardroomtableMoneyweb reports that according to Dr Martin Kaggwa from the Sam Tambani Research Institute, SA’s mining sector is not doing enough to transform itself at an executive level.  

sabcNews24 reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees were desperate to leave the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  

platinumbarAhead of the imminent commencement of wage negotiations in respect of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin, Warren Dick distills the facts relating to the processes in a question and answer format.  

tshwane thumb100 TMG Digital reports that Autopax bus services in Mamelodi‚ which had to be suspended when 19 buses were torched in violence related to the ANC mayoral contest in the capital‚ resumed on Thursday.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that the Cape Town Metrorail train driver who was shot dead on Monday will be remembered at a memorial service on Thursday.  

cwu thumb medium90 95News24 reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on Wednesday criticised the SA Communist Party (SACP) for joining protests against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

gunDaily News reports that two men, believed to be striking hospital workers, were killed and a security guard was wounded in a shoot-out at Durban’s King Edward VIII Hospital on Wednesday.  

earningsBusinessTech reports that new data show a massive difference between the median pay of black and white professionals in South Africa.  

cosatuNews24 reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday broke ranks with the African National Congress (ANC) on the protests in Zimbabwe, by expressing its support for the protesters.  

ICASAEE Publishers writes that, despite assurances by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) management, the strike at the agency, now in its second week, is causing major disruption as no licences can be issued.  

solidariteitMining Weekly reports that Solidarity’s general secretary Gideon du Plessis said on Wednesday that there were certain aspects contained in the draft Mining Charter that conflicted with the Employment Equity Act (EEA).  

houseBDLive reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is to invest R10.5bn in the construction of housing for households that earn too much to get government subsidies and too little to qualify for bank loans.  

numsaNatasha Marrian writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa’s) offspring, the United Front (UF), is registered to contest local government elections in several provinces under different names.  

strike thumb medium85 85Eskom has confirmed that employees at its Rotek engineering facilities in Germiston downed tools on Wednesday over performance bonuses.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 13 July 2016

cwu thumb medium90 95BDLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on Wednesday distanced itself from suggestions it had signed a restructuring agreement that precipitated an ongoing strike at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa).  

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

joburgcityTMG Digital reports that Johannesburg Metrobus drivers are expected back at work on Wednesday morning after the union and the bus company reached an agreement.  

solidariteitTrade union Solidarity issued a press statement on Tuesday indicating that it would do everything in its power to prevent possible retrenchments at Sibanye.  

UNTUBusiness Report writes that the United National Transport Union’s (Untu’s) request on Tuesday that the CCMA should issue a ‘strike certificate’ in respect of its wage dispute with the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) was denied.  

ICASABDLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is to take a ruling by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) that it must within seven days withdraw its ban on the airing of destructive protest footage to court on review.  

farming thumb medium80 84EWN writes that local government’s response to the 2014 farmworkers' strike is in spotlight in the Witzenberg Municipality.  The build-up to the local government election activities took place in Witzenberg on Monday.  

sabcBDLive reports that trade union Solidarity said on Monday that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has brought more charges against three of its eight suspended journalists.