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.

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

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 8 August 2016.

solidariteitBusinessTech reports that trade union Solidarity has released the 7th edition of its annual banking charges report, showing the cheapest and most expensive banking options across the major retail banks in SA.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that it is still unclear what sparked a fire that gutted several coaches at the Retreat station depot on Sunday, but Metrorail's Richard Walker indicated it was highly unlikely the fire was caused by an electrical fault.  

mtnBDLive reports that cellular operator MTN plans to outsource some of its call centre facilities in an attempt to optimise its operations, enhance customer experience and allow it to focus on its core competencies.  

gavel thumb100 The Star reports that the long-delayed racism case brought by City Press reporters against their then boss Ferial Haffajee is due in court next week.  The four former reporters brought the case against then editor Haffajee in January 2014, accusing her of defaming them by calling them racists.  

CCMAFin24 reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will assist in resolving the wage dispute between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Solidarity and power utility Eskom.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92City Press reports that the KwaZulu-Natal education department has laid charges of internal misconduct against a Durban principal and provincial leader of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) over the jobs-for-cash scam.  

effNews24 reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party said in its Women's Day message on Tuesday that women's salaries should be reviewed so that they could earn the same as men for the same jobs.  

graduate thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the South African Union of Students (SAUS)‚ a federation of 26 student representative councils, called at the Fees Commission on Wednesday for free education to be provided to the poor and the “missing middle” from 2017.  

strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that workers went on strike at various Eskom-run power plants, despite a court order prohibiting union members from downing tools, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday.  

gavel thumb100 Reuters reports that power utility Eskom said on Wednesday it had obtained a court order to stop a strike over pay by thousands of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members.  

daThe Citizen reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has downplayed reports that it would be ridding the municipalities it governs of workers and officials whom it feels are incompetent or not qualified.  

eskomTimeLive reports that Koeberg nuclear power station's safety officer has been suspended after a drone crashed on the site.  

strike thumb medium85 85Business Report writes that the National Petroleum Employers’ Association (NPEA), said on Monday that the wage strike by the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers' Union (Ceppwawu) was not coming to an end any time soon.  

numsaNews24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has called on workers taking part in the current strike in the petroleum industry to remain strong and resolute in their wage demands.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 9 August 2016

numMoneyweb reports that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu confirmed on Tuesday that the union’s 15,000 members working at Eskom will go on a full-blown strike on Wednesday.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94EWN reports that the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) says the National Petroleum Employers’ Association doesn’t appear to be taking its national strike seriously.  

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

eskomFin24 reports that Paris Mashego, the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM’s) energy sector coordinator, says that Eskom will revisit its 7% wage increase and propose a new offer.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that the City of Tshwane has fired 23 bus drivers after they embarked on an unprotected strike for the third time.  

ceppwawuTMG Digital reports that the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) has approached the Department of Labour‚ asking it to intervene and bring the petrochemical industry strike to an end.  

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 5 August 2016.

implatsheadgear smlCity Press Business writes that the platinum industry shed roughly 20,000 jobs in the year to end March as the major mining companies wrapped up their restructuring plans.  

salgaTimesLive reports that former councillors who did not make the cut in the 3 August local government polls will not be leaving their jobs empty-handed.  

electricitypowerlines2Power utility Eskom, which on Monday celebrated one year without having to implement load shedding, says its operations have not been affected by illegal strike action at three of its power stations.  

ICASAFin24 reports that picketing action by striking workers at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has stretched into a sixth week.  Workers are demanding salary increases back-dated to 2015 and bonus pay from 2014.  

sabcBDLive reports that senior anchor at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Vuyo Mvoko will be appealing to the Supreme Court of Appeal over the SABC’s decision not to put him on air, his lawyers said on Monday.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94Fin24 reports that according to a union representative, independent contractors delivering fuel to petrol stations as part of the contingency plan to prevent them from running dry could be receiving thousands of rands.