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.

marikanacommission thumb100 Franny Rabkin writes that on Tuesday it is four years since the Marikana massacre and yet not one person has been prosecuted or even fired for it.  

graduate thumb100 Universities have raised concerns over possible retrenchments should there be no fee increase for 2017, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Monday.  

sapsTMG Digital reports that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has launched a task team that will look into ways of improving various operations of the SA Police Service (SAPS).  

VantageGoldfieldsThe Star writes about how the families of the three mineworkers who were trapped underground at Lily Mine in February are bearing up.  Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyerende were working in a lamp room container when it fell into an immense sinkhole as a result of a shaft collapse.  

mtnFin24 reports that the outcome of a meeting between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the management of MTN on Tuesday could decide whether or not strike action commences.  

gautrainEWN reports that Gautrain workers affiliated to the United National Transport Union (Untu) are threatening to strike if their employer, concessionary Bombela, won’t compromise on salary increases.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that from next year junior doctors in the Western Cape will no longer be required to work 30-hour shifts in order to be accredited.  

gunCaxton News Service reports that a bus driver died after he was shot in Pietermaritzburg while transporting about 50 people on Monday night.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 15 August 2016

protestBloomberg and TMG Digital report that the Mangosuthu University of Technology and the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) were closed on Monday as a result of student protests.  

telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that Telkom on Monday afternoon secured an urgent interim court order interdicting and restraining CWU and its members from a number of illegal activities associated with the union’s current strike.  

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 12 August 2016.

denosa thumb medium60 92EWN reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) in KwaZulu-Natal has threatened to withdraw all its members in areas where their safety was no longer guaranteed, if nothing was done to improve the situation by 31 August.  

anglogoldashantiDavid McKay reports that Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat), CEO of AngloGold Ashanti, has added his voice to criticism that the South African government is wrongly applying safety-related audits and checks.  

VantageGoldfieldsANA reports that a number of employees at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Gold Mine in Barberton have taken voluntary severance packages and left the mine, according to the mining company.  Lily Mine director of operations Mike Begg said many others were still there.  

amcu thumb medium80 81TMG Digital reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will on Tuesday launch the Marikana Massacre Amcu Trust Fund and a housing project to assist the families of those who died in 2012.  

ramaphosa2TMG Digital reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a seven-person panel to advise on the appropriate level at which a proposed national minimum wage should be set.  

MotsoalediBDLive reports that the mining industry is concerned about the state of the Compensation Fund for Mines and Works, which is run by the Department of Health.  

ambulanceEWN reports that emergency services workers were due to stage a demonstration in Cape Town on Monday.  Paramedics are calling for increased security while they’re on duty in the wake of a spate of attacks on staff in Cape Town over the past few months.  

newsReuters reports that Germany's SAP, the maker of software used to grade the performance of millions of employees worldwide, is ditching its own annual performance reviews as too expensive, time-consuming and often demotivating.  

ICASAFin24 reports that a six-week strike at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), which oversees SA’s communications and telecommunications sectors, has ended.  The regulator said on Monday that an agreement had been reached with workers.  

amnestyinternationalBDLive reports that an Amnesty International Report has shown that platinum producer Lonmin has failed to meet housing targets set out in the company’s social and labour plan (S&LP).  

numsaThe New Age reports that, while a wage accord has ended a drawn-out battle between Eskom and two of its recognised unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) continues to dig its heel in for a better deal.  

ceppwawuBusiness Report writes that members of the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) found themselves in a quandary and were forced to shelve serious internal issues to join a strike in the petroleum and pharmaceutical sectors three weeks ago.  

fawuBDLive reports that workers at SA Breweries (SAB) who own shares through the Zenzele scheme are to get an average advance payment of about R32,000 when the deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) goes through.  

telkom thumb100 SABC News writes that as Communication Workers Union (CWU) members embark on industrial action, Telkom operations could be under pressure.  CWU negotiator, Toto Ntetho, said there would be a total shutdown.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that the sudden and unexpected death of National Union of Metalworker of SA (Numsa) chief negotiator Stephen Nhlapho could disrupt and delay negotiations taking place with several key sectors of the economy.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 13 August and Sunday, 14 August 2016

strike thumb medium85 85HeraldLive reported on Friday that specialist manufacturer BASF was seeking a court interdict to stop strike action at its Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth.  This after members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) downed tools on Wednesday.  

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