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.

farming thumb medium80 84TimesLive reports that tens of thousands of seasonal farmworkers, whose jobs are already on the line because of a crippling drought, are now facing another employment threat in that farmers, who claim they cannot any longer afford the prescribed minimum wages, are choosing to hire cheaper foreign workers.  In 2013 the minimum prescribed wages for farmworkers rose by 52%.

RTMCTimesLive reports that Steve Msiza, president of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), is accusing Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) bosses of trying to hound him into quitting his job as the corporation's chief of security by bringing a string of "flimsy charges", including testifying for a colleague in a disciplinary hearing and not applying for sick leave.

satawu thumb medium90 101BDLive writes that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) is on the road to recovery and looking to expand after a tumultuous four years in which it suffered two splits, but the union now also faces competition from the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) which has broadened its recruiting scope to organise members across sectors.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 30 September to Sunday, 2 October 2016

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that dozens of members of the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) embarked on a protest outside Airways Park in Kempton Park on Friday morning.  

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reported on Friday that negotiations were still underway between striking Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) workers and management.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

labourcourtsTwelve singers who were dismissed from or stopped working with the Cape Town Opera (CTO) last month because of a feud over contracts filed a statement of opposition with the Labour Court on Wednesday in response to the company's initial claim against them.  

CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that initial public response to the City of Cape Town council's plans to address traffic congestion through a new traffic demand management strategy has largely been positive.  

cosatuDavid McKay writes that one interesting development to come out of the latest illegal mining disaster in which miners (‘zama-zamas’) were killed at Langlaaate has been the suggestion by Cosatu that the government decriminalise the activity.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90Sungula Nkabinde reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing on the underlying socio-economic challenges of mining-affected communities heard more evidence of Social and Labour Plans (SLPs) that have failed to benefit the people for which they are supposedly intended.  

PoultryAssociationPretoria News reports that that the SA poultry industry is set to lose thousands of jobs by the end of the year, brought on mainly by an oversupply of chicken imports flooding the market.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that according to Cosatu, directors of companies involved in cartel conduct should be prosecuted because fines imposed on the companies did not deter antitrust behaviour.  

healthcareSowetan reports that a facility in Limpopo that provides treatment for extreme cases of drug resistant Tuberculosis (TB) has been temporarily shut down after the provincial health department suspended over 30 nurses working there.  

sabcANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday that Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s salary at the SABC was increased by almost half a million rand, from R3.7 million to R4.1 million, during the 2015/16 financial year.  

BevSAMoneyweb reports that a applicant for a quality controller job at Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, which had been advertised online in July, received an unusual response from the prospective employer.  

minerMining Weekly reports that the mining sector must strive to achieve zero harm by doing everything possible to prevent fatalities, injuries and the spread of diseases among workers at SA mines.  

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

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that attempts to inspect the localised geological conditions underground at Vantage Goldfields’ troubled Lily gold mine, in Barberton, have been aborted.  

sabcRDM reports that in a strongly worded statement, Cabinet has criticised the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) over the Hlaudi Motsoeneng appointment matter.  

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

pnp thumb100 eNCA reports that the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) will hold discussions with members on the new self-service till points at Pick n Pay.  

MineRescueServicesBDLive reports that illegal mining at abandoned and closed mines is “spiralling out of control”, with increasing numbers of injuries and deaths seen at mines across all commodities produced in SA.  

easterncape thumb100 DispatchLive reports that as part of an ongoing protest against the non-payment of overtime, Eastern Cape provincial traffic officers from the Amathole District have decided to down tools.  

earningsTMG Digital reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is not saying a word about the salary package that will be paid to its new head of corporate affairs‚ Hlaudi Motsoeneng.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Department of Labour’s offices in Durban have been temporarily closed down after the building in central Durban was declared unsafe and unhealthy.  

southafricalogoBDLive reports that Productivity SA chief financial officer Bheki Dlamini has been suspended following allegations of irregularities in the management of funds provided by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for employment growth.  

satawu thumb medium90 101BDLive reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) will not endorse Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the next African National Congress (ANC) leader.  

sasolRidge Times reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has vowed to continue with its protected strike over wages and other conditions of employment until Sasol Mining meets its demands.  

daTMG Digital reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has backed an African National Congress (ANC) call for a “parliamentary inquiry into the fitness of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board to hold office”.