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.

sasolRidge Times reports that striking members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) say they aren’t intimidated by Sasol Mining’s SMSs that they should return to work by 12 October unless they want to lose their jobs.  

unisaMail & Guardian reports that, while several universities experience growing campus unrest over demands for free higher education, senior administrators at Unisa are donating half of their bonuses to assist students in need.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is amenable to the introduction of a fuel sector bargaining model, according to general secretary Irvin Jim.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 11 October 2016

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 10 October 2016.

Business Report writes that work-related stress and major depression, burnout and anxiety disorders are costing SA’s economy an estimated R40.6 billion a year, equivalent to 2.2% of GDP.  

graduate thumb100 ANA reports that the Pharmaceutical Society of SA (PSSA) said on Monday that the possibility of pharmaceutical students not be being able to graduate due to ongoing protests across universities was a concern.  

sibanyeThe New Age reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has welcomed Sibanye Gold’s probe into the death of a mineworker at the gold producer’s Cooke 4 operation in Westonaria.  

bladenzimandeFin24 reports that Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, has placed the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) under administration.  

WorkplaceMyBroadband reports that Facebook has announced that Workplace (formerly Facebook at Work) is now available to any company or organisation that wants to use it.  

GeneralMotorsNetwerk24 reports that more than 1,000 employees at General Motors SA (GMSA) are ready to strike if the vehicle manufacturer lays off workers without adequate compensation.  

vwBusiness Report writes that Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has installed 320 new robots in the body shop at its vehicle manufacturing plant in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.  

easterncape thumb100 RNews reports that the strike by Eastern Cape traffic police has spread to three of the six district municipalities in the province, the Democratic Alliance (DA) warned on Monday.  

earningsBDLive reports that Murray & Roberts (M&R) paid CEO Henry Laas R14.7m in the financial year to June, made up of R5.9m in guaranteed pay, R6.4m in short-term incentives and R24m in long-term incentives.  

newsThe New Age reports that a nature reserve employee with years of experience in handling tigers was mauled to death by a tiger at the Laohu Valley Reserve near Phillippolis in the Free State.  

sabcBDLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) will once again approach the High Court in a bid to have the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as SABC group executive of corporate affairs declared invalid.  

Stats SABDLive reports that statistician-general Pali Lehohla says that SA’s low growth will leave many people outside the labour market, with about 400,000 people failing to find employment every year.  

NomvulaMokonyaneDispatchLive reports that striking Amatola Water workers returned to work on Sunday morning following urgent intervention by the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane.  

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

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 7 October 2016.

pravingordanCity Press reports that government has revealed plans to announce a draconian medium-term budget, which will include cutting its numbers of civil servants.  

earningsFin24 reports that Cosatu handed a memorandum of demands to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Lechesa Tsenoli during the labour federation’s strike and march for decent work on Friday.  

newsNews24 reports that three people were killed when a truck they were loading fell on top of them at a river bed in Limpopo on Friday.  

implatsheadgear smlReuters reports that South Africa is developing drones for the mining industry for inspections in potentially unsafe areas underground, removing the need to put humans in harm's way.  

southafricalogoBDLive reports that Statistics SA’s quarterly financial statistics show that the government has managed to lower real employment cost growth by more than 28% year on year from its peak in the second quarter of 2015.  

ancSunday Independent writes about fears that the ANC’s promise to clear up corruption with random lifestyle audits will lead to a witch-hunt.  

sapsThe Star reports that 66 Gauteng police officers, among them 41 constables, 12 warrant officers and five sergeants, were dismissed between April and last month.  

easterncape thumb100 DispatchLive reports that the Eastern Cape government is forking out millions to hire private law firms for staff disciplinary cases.  

saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that South African Airways (SAA) is forging ahead with plans to rationalise flight deck crew costs, which may land it in a court fight with its about 800 pilots.  

generalmotorsHeraldLive reports that General Motors SA (GMSA) is on the verge of shedding jobs as a weakened economy has knocked the car giant and placed the motor industry under significant pressure.