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.

saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that South African Airways (SAA) insists that there is no deadlock in wage negotiations with four unions, despite fresh comments intimating that the national carrier is not in a financial crisis.  

saa thumb medium95 76eNCA reports that South African Airways (SAA) on Wednesday labelled "misleading"  reports that its general manager of human resources, Thuli Mpshe, has been placed on precautionary suspension by the chairperson of the board of directors, Dudu Myeni.  

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
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cosatuThe New Age reports that after President Jacob Zuma led discussions between the government, business and labour in Pretoria on Monday, Sdumo Dlamini, president of labour federation Cosatu, expressed grave concern over recent unemployment statistics.  

gavel thumb100 Fin24 reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) wasted close to R700,000 in taxpayers’ money because it failed to follow up on a court case.  

sabmillerFin24 reports that the Competition Tribunal on Tuesday conditionally approved a SABMiller and Coca-Cola deal to combine their African soft drink operations into what would be the continent's biggest Coke drinks bottler.  

glencoreSABC News reports that negotiations to end the nine week industrial action at Glencore's Wonderfontein coal mine in Belfast have deadlocked.  

sadtu90Daily News reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has embarked on indefinite pickets outside the KwaZulu-Natal education department’s district offices, demanding the urgent filling of teacher posts around the province.  

solidariteitFin24 reports that trade union Solidarity has served court papers on the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) for unlawfully amending the formula for calculating employees' preservation fund payouts at the time of resignation.  

exxaroBloomberg reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) wants a buyer to step in at Exxaro Resource’s Arnot colliery to avert job cuts at the end of July.  

neasaBusiness Report writes that Gerhard Papenfus, CE of the National Employers’ Association of SA (Neasa), has thrown down the gauntlet to government to review its decision to cushion ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) against cheap Chinese steel imports through tariffs.  

implatsheadgear smlANA reports that the general secretary of the Workers Association Union (WAU), Elifas Ngoepe, insisted on Tuesday that the union was formed to advance the interests of the workers, not to dilute support for other unions.  

samwu thumb medium80 78TMG Digital reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has called on local government to stop using labour offered through the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) and Community Works Programme (CWP) to render services to communities.  

boardroomtableEngineering News writes that this year will see organised labour and the automotive assembly and component manufacturing sectors return to the bargaining table to thrash out new wage accords.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92HeraldLive reports that a Port Elizabeth school was forced to cram 84 pupils into a single classroom on Tuesday as a new wave of teacher shortages hit the northern areas.  

harmonyNews24 reports that the decomposing bodies of five illegal miners, known as zama-zamas, were found underground on Monday in Harmony Gold's Eland shaft in Welkom, Free State police said on Tuesday.  

saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that trade unions involved in wage negotiations at South African Airways (SAA) have reviewed their wage demands, raising them back from single to double digits, following statements made by the airline’s board chairwoman Dudu Myeni.  

fawuBDLive reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) is determined to drag out the completion of the merger between Anheuser Busch InBev (AB InBev) and SABMiller in a bid to secure benefits for its members.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 10 May 2016

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

gigaba2TimesLive reports that the Department of Home Affairs has given Lesotho nationals living in South Africa illegally a chance to apply for a special permit until 2019.  

sapsThe Star reports that a Johannesburg police station commander, dubbed the “bunking brigadier” after allegedly taking leave of about 156 days in just two years, has been promoted.  

newsBDLive reports that unemployment figures released by Statistics SA on Monday paint a bleak picture of the extent of job losses in the country’s metros.  

healthcareGauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has expressed concern about the number of attacks on health professionals in public health facilities.  

telkom thumb100 TechCentral reports that Telkom is expected to take a big hit to earnings as the result of staff reduction costs, with headline earnings per share set to fall by between 40% and 50% for the year ended 31 March 2016.  

richardsbaymineralsBDLive reported on Monday that operations at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in northern KwaZulu-Natal have been suspended after community members blockaded roads leading to the mine’s entrance.  

statssaBDLive writes that SA’s jobless rate has escalated to an eight-year high, bringing into question whether ambitious targets to halve unemployment by 2020 can be achieved.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Warren Dick writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is making the transition from fiery upstart to the dominant incumbent in mining.  

ehrenreichNetwerk24 reports that Tony Ehrenreich, labour federation Cosatu’s Western Cape secretary, is apparently not in the running for the ANC for the top post in Cape Town.  

angiemotshekgaThe Citizen reports that the SA Democratic Teachers Union’s (Sadtu’s) threat to drag Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to court over the controversial “jobs-for-cash” report has left her cold.