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.

medicaldoctorNews24 reports that a new overtime policy introduced by the national Department of Health could see some doctors in the public sector facing a pay cut as high as 30% in January.  Specialists will be the one most affected by the policy.  

numsaSABC News reports that a new political party that champions the rights of workers is on the cards ahead of the 2019 general elections.  The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has vowed to launch what it calls a workers’ party.  

vavi1EWN reports that a new trade union umbrella body has set down 2017 as the year to fight white monopoly capital.  

cosatuThe Mercury reports that Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal has outlined the reasons it feels strongly that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should succeed President Jacob Zuma at next year’s ANC elective conference.  

northencapelogoThe New Age writes that the closure in 2012 of the diamond mines owned by De Beers in the small town of Kleinzee, in the Namakwa district, left thousands of people jobless.  It also led to the closure of businesses and the migration of workers.  

ORTamboBusinessLive reports that the Department of Home Affairs will deploy 255 additional staffers at all points of entry into SA during the festive season to ease congestion at the borders.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that Ugu district municipal workers in KwaZulu-Natal downed tools and went on strike over pension issues on Thursday.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107ANA reports that the City of Ekurhuleni has apologised for a labour dispute that resulted uncollected waste in Germiston and says it has plans to clear the backlog.  

nursing thumb medium90 93City Press writes that for every 402 people in SA, there is only one registered nurse to see to them – and things are getting worse as nurses leave for other countries that pay higher salaries and have better working conditions.  

petrosaBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is waiting for a date to be given by the CCMA to submit argument that all staff at PetroSA should receive a bonus this year.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 8 December 2016

chickensEngineering News reports that RCL Foods on Wednesday joined the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) in a march in Pietermartizburg to protest against the ongoing threats to job security as a result of increased dumping of imported chicken.  

earningsTMG Digital writes that President Jacob Zuma’s acceptance of the recommendation for zero salary increases for top public office bearers comes after six years of healthy increases averaging about 5% a year.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87TMG Digital reports that public sector doctors are planning to lodge a formal objection over the Department of Health’s plan to scrap fixed overtime payments‚ which they say is being implemented while consultations are meant to be ongoing.  

protestThe New Age reports that high unemployment in Lephalale, home to Eskom’s Medupi and Matimba power stations and an open pit coal mine, has brought the town’s mayor and jobless people on a collision course.  

hawksJudgment was reserved on Wednesday in the North Gauteng High Court in a case in which the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and Freedom Under Law (FUL) are seeking to challenge the police minister, Nathi Nhleko’s, appointment in 2015 of Berning Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended the proposed R3,500 monthly national minimum wage (NMW), saying it would improve the living conditions of many locals.  

nehawu80TMG Digital reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has reiterated its call for Jacob Zuma to step down as state president.  

numsaThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it is set for rolling mass action in protest against the “super-exploitative” national minimum wage of R3 500 recently proposed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund has made steady improvements in the processing of claims, with R2.5bn in medical, compensation and pension claims processed so far this year.  

southafricalogoMining Weekly reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) says the investigation into the tragic Lily Mine disaster, which left three mineworkers trapped underground, will be converted into an inquiry.  

gautengThe Star reports that more than 750 employees of the forensic pathology services in Gauteng have been on an illegal strike since the beginning of the month, forcing the provincial Health Department to go the legal route to bring it to an end.  

petrosaCape Times reports that PetroSA workers have taken to protest after reports emerged that the state oil company paid 11 senior executives millions of rands in bonuses despite a loss of more than R14 billion in the past financial year.  

ramaphosa2EWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it doesn’t believe Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would change the condition of workers should he become the country’s next president.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 7 December 2016

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hawksPretoria News reports that the appointment of controversial Hawks head, Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza, is being challenged in the Gauteng High Court by the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) and Freedom Under Law (FUL).  

ehrenreichDaily Voice reports that Cosatu in the Western Cape has slammed President Jacob Zuma for lack of leadership and has publicly endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa as the new ANC president.  

gautengTMG Digital/The Times writes that the Gauteng economy needs to create 400,000 jobs consistently every year to put a serious dent in unemployment.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Greg Nicolson reports that Marikana women’s group Sikhale Sonke has withdrawn from a mediation process with platinum producer Lonmin that began after it lodged a complaint with World Bank investor, the International Finance Corporation.