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.

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that train users of Cape Town's northern line could be severely affected this week after a train caught alight at the Kraaifontein staging yard on Friday night.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 27 August and Sunday, 28 August 2016

sapsANA reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) says people should be aware of bogus website advertisements purporting to be from the SAPS and recruiting for the 2017 police traineeship programme and other vacancies.  

earningsIOL News writes that, with a Nedlac expert panel currently taking stock of the intricacies of a national minimum wage (NMW), questions have been raised on where job creation programmes such as the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and internships will fit in.  

numsaEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has congratulated the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) on what it called a historic decision to disaffiliate from labour federation Cosatu.  

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that a lecturer who took part in a scam to defraud students at the Sedco FET College in Carletonville of their registration fees has been sentenced to three years in prison.  

newsCaxton News Service reports that, after several attempts to have their salaries paid, the J&J Private School teachers are still trying to make ends meet, while Balmoral College educators have had to endure intense interrogations on who tipped off the media.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that workers at Fresenius Kabi pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Port Elizabeth downed tools on Tuesday, in protest against the use of a labour broker and planned retrenchments.  

telkom thumb100 MyBroadband reports that Telkom has increased its reward to R1 million for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of saboteurs targeting the telecom’s facilities and its infrastructure around the country.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 26 August 2016

statssaNews24Wire reports that South Africa won’t realise its demographic benefit if the job prospects for younger working-age people don’t improve, statistician general Pali Lehohla said on Thursday.  

goldbarsThe Citizen reports that driven by a desire to expose corruption and exploitation in the mining sector, two seasoned South African journalists spent almost a year researching and chronicling the lives of former mineworkers.  

healthcareEWN reports that experts have that warned that medical aid premiums are due for double-digit increases and further benefit cuts could be a reality next year.  

ABInBevBloomberg reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) expects to cut about 3% of its enlarged workforce in the three years after its takeover of SABMiller.  

westerncapeCape Argus reports that Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer is proposing sweeping changes to the provincial school education act.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107News24 reports that incoming Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina does not plan to get rid of municipal staff who served under his predecessor Mondli Gungubele.  

artisan2BDLive reports that the Davis Tax Committee says SA’s skills development framework needs to be overhauled because it places a financial and administrative burden on the small business sector.  By contrast, large enterprises enjoy an advantage.  

joburgcityThe Citizen reports that a terse letter penned by new Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba a day after his election addressed to the metro’s employees has outlined his strict stance on corruption.  

mtnFin24 reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has applied for a court interdict against MTN over the cellular operator’s decision to outsource part of its call centre facility.  

telkom thumb100 MyBroadband reports that Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko has informed staff that dispute resolution talks between the telecoms company and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at the CCMA have failed.  

ancThe Citizen reports that labour federation Cosatu will reportedly not shut down calls for the African National Congress (ANC) to hold an early leadership challenge and wants deliberations to start soon.  

ramaphosa2Business Report writes that Cosatu claims that a fight between the Treasury and the Social Development Department (SDD) is delaying the release of a comprehensive social security plan for the country.  

kznlogo thumb100 The Mercury reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Education remains adamant that a sex video teacher has a case of statutory rape to answer, despite his lawyer disputing the allegations.  

sabcNews24 reports that Solidarity wants the argument as to who should be held accountable for the costs that the union incurred in defending a group of fired SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists to be held in open court.  

cosatuNews24 reports that labour federation Cosatu plans to recoup over R5m in affiliation fees from its former member, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu).  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 24 August 2016.

sarb thumb medium60 101Fin24 reports that the Annual Labour Law Conference heard on Wednesday that solutions for SA’s abnormally high unemployment rate would not come from rising commodity prices, a rebound in global growth or fiscal policies.  

implatsheadgear smlMining Weekly reports that a session on retrenchments on Wednesday at the twenty-ninth Labour Law Conference in Johannesburg heard that Section 52 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) was a ticking time bomb.  

protestPretoria News reports that members of the #OutsourcingMustFall movement have accused tertiary institutions, the City of Tshwane and other institutions of reneging on certain agreements regarding outsourced workers.  They have threatened to shut down Gauteng, rendering it ungovernable for a day.  

sasolBusiness Report writes that close to 1,600 workers in Secunda, Mpumalanga, downed tools on Thursday after the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) could not come to a wage agreement with Sasol.