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.

newsTimesLive reports that Child Welfare SA has confirmed that staff - including social workers - from its Johannesburg branch cannot afford to travel to work.  

joburgcityANA reports that Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba had to cancel the opening of the R22 million River Park clinic in Alexandra after a group held a protest and blocked roads around the precinct on Tuesday.  

protestANA reports that disgruntled coal truck drivers on Wednesday morning caused havoc in Pretoria by blocking roads on their way to the Union Buildings, where they intended to hand over a memorandum.  

prasaBusinessLive reports that Collins Letsoalo‚ the disgraced acting CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is going nowhere.  Letsoalo told The Times there was “no need (for him) to consider moving" and added that only Transport Minister Dipou Peters‚ who seconded him to the position‚ could remove him.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 28 February 2017

newsIOL News reports that traffic is at a standstill on the N1 and N14 highways heading north in Pretoria on Wednesday morning due to protest action reportedly by truck drivers.  

fsbGroundup reports that thousands of former workers in the Western Cape furniture industry are an inch closer to getting paid their long awaited money from the industry’s provident fund, through the Western Cape Surplus Apportionment Scheme.  

employment thumb100 TMG Digital/BusinessLive reports that the Department of Trade and Industry approved more than R20-billion in industrial finance this year‚ creating 27,000 direct new jobs and about 108,000 new indirect jobs.  

graduate thumb100 BusinessLive reports that University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Max Price said on Monday that the state should consider a graduate tax to tackle the funding challenges faced by most students at tertiary institutions.  

SparBusinessLive reports that retailer Spar has denied wittingly hiring undocumented migrants as alleged by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), which is driving a crackdown.  

newsEWN reports that rescue teams were expected back on the scene on Tuesday morning where a five-year-old boy fell into a disused mine shaft in Boksburg.  The little boy has been trapped since Saturday.  

solidariteitThe Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI) for the fourth quarter of 2016 was released on Monday.  The LMI is a measure of job and wage security in the SA labour market where 50,0 is the break-even level of rising and falling security.  

numSunday Times reports that writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has learnt the hard way that replacing dialogue with violence during labour disputes can be costly.  

earningsFin24 reports that according to the latest BankservAfrica Disposable Salary Index (BDSI) data for January 2017, average real disposable salaries continue to decline.  

prasaTimesLive reports that defiant Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) acting CEO Collins Letsoalo was axed on Monday night in the wake of disclosures of his 350% salary increase.  He was seconded to Prasa by the Department of Transport last year.  

newsNews24 reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Desiree van der Walt says the aftermath of the killing of farmworker Jan Railo, who was shot and killed during a hunting accident, is a "sad case".  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107CNS reports that that the City of Ekurhuleni is mourning after one of its firefighters and emergency care practitioners died in a fatal motor vehicle accident on Saturday on Tonk Meter Road between Duduza and Kwa-Thema.  

earningsANA reports that acting CE of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), Collins Letsoalo, at a media briefing on Monday refuted allegations that he had demanded a massive pay hike, as well that he receive benefits he was allegedly not entitled to.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA reports that SA Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union (Saptu), which is an affiliate in the agricultural sector of labour federation Fedusa, has called on government to act decisively to stop ruthless farm murders.  

solidariteitEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity has set its sights on the expansion and sustainability of SA’s domestic steel industry for the year ahead and will soon launch a Support Our Steel (SOS) campaign.  

prasaANA reported last week that negotiations between two transport unions and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) have deadlocked.  

artisan2Weekend Argus reports that the Western Cape’s largest technical vocational education and training (TVET) college produced four gold, one silver and a bronze medal at the National WorldSkills competition held in Durban last week.  

newsCaxton News Service reports that a scammer spinning a tale about a dead domestic worker has resurfaced, having this time targeted a woman in Lyttelton, Pretoria out of R3,000 on the weekend.  

gunCaxton News Service reports that employees of Lauds Foundry Equipment in Wadeville, East Rand, were subjected to a nightmarish time on Wednesday when the company was invaded by 15 men.  

UNTUANA reports that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) acting CEO Collins Letsoalo, who was supposed to use his “so-called ‘Mr Fix-It’ skills” to get the passenger railway service back on track, must be fired with immediate effect, the United National Transport Union (Untu) said on Sunday.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu is expected this week to consider its position on the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) and on the state of the governing alliance.  

newsTimesLive reports that a survey of office workers across SA has revealed the five things employees most want from their office space and 42% said more natural light was the most important element.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that it had received a section 189 notice (i.e. possible retrenchment notice) from Pan African Resources (PAR), which intends to lay off about 2,000 workers at its Evander Gold Mine.  

gavel thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that the man who shot a farmworker dead while he was hunting warthogs has been released on R15,000 bail.  

southafricalogoNetwerk24 reports that the number of state officials in national departments will be cut in the next two years by about 4.27% as a result of savings announced by the minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan, on Wednesday.