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.

cosatuBusiness Report writes that the government has come under fire from the labour movement for the latest losses in employment, with Cosatu calling the administration “feckless and uninspired” and out of its depth.  

ZululandUniversityBDLive reports that Nehawu has welcomed Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s attempts to end a nine-week strike by hundreds of University of Zululand (UniZulu) workers.  

strike thumb medium85 85DispatchLive reports that Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane will be intervening to try and resolve the illegal strike by 360 workers at Amatola Water.  

newsBusiness Report writes that prospects of the new vehicle manufacturing sector avoiding disruption caused by strikes in allied sectors have been boosted by developments.  

cosatuThe New Age reports that labour federation Cosatu is preparing for life without the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and its 127,000 members.  

sapsTimesLive reports that a Pretoria policeman is taking on a senior colleague after he was allegedly called a k***** in the Pretoria Central police station parking area three weeks ago.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 7 October to Sunday, 9 October 2016

sasolRidge Times reports about developments relating to the industrial action by members of the Association of Mineworkers (Amcu) at Sasol Mining, which commenced in August.  

statssaFin24 reports that employment figures dropped by 0.7%, or by 67,000 jobs, in the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest quarterly employment statistics.  

earningsSowetanLive reports that Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson’s R100m salary was brought up on Friday as workers gathered in Johannesburg for the march organised by labour federation Cosatu.  

numThe Citizen reports that the battle to replace President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader took another turn on Thursday with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) weighing in again.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has issued a statement relating to Friday’s national protest action organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).  

amcu thumb medium80 81EWN reports that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa says that in order to deal with the inequalities in SA, the capitalist programme needs to be radically disrupted.  

parliamentCape Argus reports that ten thousand Cosatu workers are expected to descend on Cape Town’s city centre on Friday as they embark on a strike to mark International Day for Decent Work.  

samwu thumb medium80 78TMG Digital reports that as Cosatu marches in support of workers on Friday‚ the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) is demanding that contract workers be employed by cities across the country.  

sacpBusiness Report writes that with thousands of workers nationwide expected to join Cosatu’s strike for decent work on Friday, the SA Communist Party (SACP) pledged its support for the action.  

platinumbarBDLive reports that the platinum sector could avoid a protracted wage strike as occurred in 2014 with good progress being made in current talks about pay increases.  

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that more than R3 billion will be invested in South Africa by the Amdec Group for five Marriott International branded hotels.  

implatsheadgear smlSungula Nkabinde writes that mining companies’ quest for improved productivity is sure to be meet with resistance from labour, especially because the simplest way to achieve that goal is through increased mechanisation.  

cosatuBDLive writes that trade union federation Cosatu is looking to use Friday’s national mass action to prove it still wields muscle in the labour market.  

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amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that wage talks are at a "critical stage" between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum and Lonmin.  

wftuTimesLive reports that while President Jacob Zuma was addressing delegates at the 17th World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) Congress in Durban on Wednesday, striking University of Zululand (UniZulu) workers tried to bulldoze their way into the venue.  

UNTUThe United National Transport Union (UNTU) reports the brutal murder of one of its members, Thandi Nocela, who was killed in Sasolburg on Saturday morning by a male known to her.  The suspect has been arrested.  

salgaBDLive reports that former Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau’s new job keeps him in the local government sector as he has been appointed chairman of the SA Local Government Association (Salga).  

sidumodlaminiNews24 reports that, while President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday failed to mention the national crisis over tertiary education fees at the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) Congress, Cosatu leader Sidumo Dlamini was more forthcoming on the matter.  

zumaThe Citizen reports that at the 17th World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) congress on Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma cited the dangers of the capitalist system in his speech.  

SolidarityMovementSABC News reports that the Solidarity Movement, which includes trade union Solidarity, on Wednesday announced a ten point plan to help bring universities back on track and have the academic year continued with.  

A Re YengANA reports that arsonists petrol bombed an A Re Yeng rapid transit bus in Pretoria on Wednesday, leaving four passengers and the driver injured.  The bus was extensively damaged by the fire.  

sibanyeANA reports that a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) member who was attacked and severely assaulted at Sibanye’s Gold Cooke 2 operation, allegedly by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members, died on Wednesday morning.