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.

cosatuIOL News reports that SA is expected to see one of its biggest strikes in recent years with Cosatu saying that it expects about 200,000 of its members to take to the streets on Friday to demand decent work.  

edconBloomberg reports that Edcon Holdings, owner of the Edgars and Jet chains, plans to increase its workforce by almost 7% and slash prices as SA’s largest clothing retailer kick-starts a recovery plan.  

angloamerican fullReuters reports that Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), said on Wednesday that wage talks with unions, including the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) which is the majority union at the company’s Rustenburg mines, were "fairly close" to a deal.  

sibanyeBusiness Report writes that Sibanye Gold on Wednesday resumed its Cooke 4 operations following clashes between members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which left four miners injured.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 4 October 2016

sibanyeMining Weekly reports that Sibanye Gold has halted operations at its Cooke mine, after four employees were injured in an attack by unknown assailants in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  Two of the four employees were seriously injured and are being treated at local hospitals.  

fawuBusiness Report writes that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) says it will not take part in labour federation Cosatu’s national decent work march on Friday.  The union said on Tuesday that, while it supported the need for decent work, it would save its “energy” for its own rolling mass action against the government’s neo-liberal policies.  

ancBDLive reports that ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Monday said the party’s national executive committee (NEC) had called on the SABC’s board to review the decision to appoint Hlaudi Motsoeneng.  The ANC NEC also agreed on the need for a Parliamentary inquiry into the SABC board’s fitness to hold office‚ he told a media briefing.  

medicaldoctorBDLive writes that public hospitals will have 1,600 fewer doctors and the class of 2016 will miss out on graduation if the shutdown of universities continues.  This is the grim reality that came out of a failed fees imbizo in Kempton Park on Monday, where President Jacob Zuma made an opening address but then rushed off to fulfil his other obligations.  

fawuEWN reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has called on the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, to review the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) or risk having the union’s poultry workers go on strike.  Fawu officials say employers in the poultry industry are considering the retrenchment of about 12,000 because of the increased cost of production.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85EWN reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) was requested to attend the New York 2016 South Africa Tomorrow Investor Conference that will be held in New York on 4 and 5 October 2016.  Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan will lead the social partnership delegation consisting of the SA Reserve Bank Governor, a large number of business and labour leaders and the JSE to promote SA as an investor destination.  

VantageGoldfieldsBusiness Report writes that the families of three mineworkers trapped underground at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Gold Mine near Barberton since February have given up hope of the retrieval of their relatives’ mortal remains.  This comes after another attempt to retrieve their bodies by Mine Rescue Services revealed the 600m rescue shaft and the original ventilation shaft had deteriorated, making it unsafe to enter.  

northencapelogoNetwerk24 reports that on Tuesday afternoon the Department of Health in the Northern Cape will be challenging the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) with an urgent interdict application in the high court to halt any further disruptive conduct.  This will follow the chaos that took place on Monday morning when protesting members of the union locked the gates to the Kimberley Hospital.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that a Nelson Mandela Bay municipal official was killed on Sunday in a shootout in Motherwell between robbers and a security escort assigned to protect refuse collection staff.  A suspect was also shot dead.  Detectives will be investigating whether the incident was linked to the ongoing feud between the municipality and refuse collectors over lunch and tea breaks, or if it was a robbery.  The attack comes after municipal management applied to the Labour Court last week for an interdict against the refuse workers, who are reportedly on a go-slow.

sabcThe Citizen reports that the message delivered in the joint protest by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Congress of the People (Cope) at the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s headquarters in Auckland Park on Monday morning was that Hlaudi Motsoeneng must go and the existing SABC board must be disbanded.  Motsoeneng took up his new position as group executive for corporate affairs after the Supreme Court of Appeal terminated his intention to appeal a Western Cape High Court ruling thast found his appointment as COO to be “unlawful and irrational”.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 3 October 2016

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) is mobilising its members to join Cosatu’s national one-day strike on Friday, 7 October 2016, during the International Day of Action.  The labour federation will be demanding an outright ban on labour brokers, the scrapping of the e-tolling system and a concerted drive in defence of jobs and against retrenchments.   Samwu will be demanding the end of casualisation of work, particularly in local government.

nehawu80The New Age reports that the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) was due to take its war against the crisis in health care in Limpopo to the premier’s office on Monday.  It organised a march to demand a response to its memorandum handed over in February 2016 on the crisis in the province and expected 1,000 members to take part.  Last Thursday, Nehawu picketed outside Kimberley hospital to remind management of its demands, among which was that the report of a corruption task team report be released.

implatsMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Impala Platinum (Implats) have reached a two-year wage deal, effective July 2016 until June 2018, for workers at the company’s refinery in Springs.  

CapeTownlogoANA reports that the City of Cape Town has rewarded 24 of its Women at Work Programme participants with permanent positions in its road maintenance division.  They come from across the city metropole and are now part of Transport for Cape Town’s permanent staff.  The women will assist road depots with the repair and maintenance of road and storm water infrastructure.

ShopriteBloomberg reports that Shoprite Holdings doubled CEO Whitey Basson’s pay last fiscal year to R100.1 million, thanks to a bonus for beating a profit-growth target.  His remuneration included R49.7 million in basic pay for the 12 months through June, in line with the previous year, and a R50 million one-time performance-related bonus.  Trading profit growth of 15% beat an internal target of 11%.

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sabcIOL News writes that Hlaudi Motsoeneng could be fired by the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) by the end of this week after a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications.  The committee took strong exception on Friday to the SABC board's defiance of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment and wants answers on the rehiring of Motsoeneng in a different position.  The SABC board and its executive management will be meeting MPs on Wednesday over the reappointment of Motsoeneng.

mosebenzizwaneSunday Independent writes that it has become abundantly clear that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will not be paying the monetary windfall he promised the disaster victims at Lily Mine on 5 February.  Nothing has been paid so far as the minister seems to have dumped the hot potato in the lap of Lily Mine.  But, this can only happen after Lily receives the R200 million it seeks to restart operations at the mine.

tshwane thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) says it will oppose plans by the City of Tshwane to terminate workers’ contracts.  The union claimed Democratic Alliance (DA) mayors had received directives from the party’s federal executive to trim administrative staff and that these “anti-worker” plans “will leave thousands of workers out of jobs‚ with the City of Tshwane alone retrenching over 900 workers."  Samwu will be monitoring all municipalities‚ and particularly those governed by the DA.

gavel thumb100 Cape Times reports that in a David and Goliath-like legal battle, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has repealed the eviction proceedings against a Citrusdal farmworker after finding the eviction notices by his employers, Mgro Properties, were invalid.  The SCA upheld Abraham Snyers’ leave to appeal, with costs, after a Land Claims Court (LCC) judgment had confirmed the validity of the eviction notices.  The SCA also dismissed the applications to evict Snyer’s wife.

sabcNews24 reports that former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng wrote on Sunday in an open letter hitting out at his detractors some politicians have "not bothered to read or understand" court rulings against him and have undermined these through "legally suspect interpretation".  Motsoeneng said "fair-minded observers" would know that no court had ruled that he was "not appointable as COO or unqualified for senior executive positions at the SABC".  He added that the campaign to unlawful remove him from his current job “will be vigorously resisted and challenged in court if need be."

mtnTechCentral reports that MTN South Africa has named Adcorp subsidiary Rightsource as the preferred partner to manage its outsourced “hybrid” call centres.  The outsourcing had earlier raised the ire of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which in August had sought an urgent court interdict to stop it from going ahead.  The union later withdrew the action after MTN agreed to a formal consultation with it on the matter.

sapsBDLive reports that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s (Ipid’s) ability to keep the police in check, and the watchdog’s independence, are being stifled because of a staff shortage and a lack of investigating capacity, auditor-general Kimi Makwetu has warned.  The warning comes at a time when cases of alleged police misconduct reported to the watchdog have soared.

sidumodlaminiCosatu president Sdumo Dlamini seems set on a collision course with the majority of the labour federation’s member unions over the issue of who should succeed President Jacob Zuma.  Dlamini has thus far projected himself as a nonpartisan player, though there is an expectation that he will steer Cosatu towards supporting Zuma's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.  But, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign within Cosatu seems to be at an advanced stage and Dlamini will have the almost insurmountable task of convincing the federation's biggest unions otherwise.