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 Tuesday, 2 August 2016

sapseNCA reports that police are now escorting fuel tankers because they've been targeted by striking workers in the fuel sector.  

joburgcityEWN reports that Johannesburg’s Metrobus has assured commuters that the ongoing petrol strike will not affect its schedules.  Fuel was delivered to Metrobus depots on Monday night, and the supply is expected to last for the remainder of the week.  

telkom thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) marched to Telkom headquarters on Tuesday to deliver a memorandum of wage demands.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 1 August 2016.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that platinum producer Lonmin has cut its workforce by nearly 20% in a bid to keep afloat and to reap the benefits of its business restructuring plan.  

CapeTownlogoBDLive reports that the DA-led city of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government have threatened to approach the courts to challenge the constitutionality of the white paper on policing which was approved by the Cabinet in April.  

unitedfrontBDLive reports that the United Front (UF) believes it can win 10 of the 43 wards it is contesting in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which may position it as a kingmaker in the Eastern Cape.  

numBDLive reports that hundreds of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members picketed outside Eskom’s Megawatt Park headquarters on Tuesday, threatening to down tools to get the power utility to improve on its 7% wage offer.  

labourcourtsEWN reports that two SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news executives have until today to submit affidavits to the Labour Court, explaining why they shouldn’t be held personally liable for legal bills incurred by four reinstated journalists.  

RBPlatMining Weekly reports that Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Monday in reply to analyst queries on the company’s rising wage bill that a premium has to be paid for labour stability.  

joburgcityFin24 reports that Johannesburg’s Metrobus may have to reduce its services due to the unresolved petroleum workers’ strike.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the inquiry into the 2015 Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse in Johannesburg, which left two people dead and 19 others injured, will resume on Tuesday.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Bloomberg reports that Lonmin, the world’s third-largest platinum producer, said costs may rise above the level targeted this year following its life-saving rights issue at the end of 2015.  

newsNetwerk24 reports that a shepherd from Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape was found dead in the veld after a heavy snow storm in the mountains of the Thabese area.  

gunDaily News reports that an accountant who came to the aid of his employees during an attempted armed robbery was shot dead in his offices in Morningside on Monday.  

sabcJacarandaFM reports that veteran journalist Vuyo Mvoko will be back in court on Tuesday, fighting to have his independent contract with the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) enforced.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that Gauteng petrol stations have been hardest hit by the petrol industry strike, which the union warned on Monday would continue until their demands were met.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 1 August 2016

petrolpump thumb medium80 94Bloomberg reports that service stations have been hit with fuel shortages due to the petroleum sector strike that started 28 July, even as an upcoming drop in retail prices could spur even more demand.  

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 29 July 2016.

implatsheadgear smlThe New Age reports that, with the lives of more than 50 mine workers having been claimed since January this year, mining unions have called for the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to take strong action against companies where fatal accidents have occurred.  

gavel thumb100 The Witness reports that the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sentenced a municipal employee to five years’ imprisonment or a R40,000 fine after he was found guilty of submitting false overtime claims over two years.  

ceppwawueNCA reports that the SA Petroleum Industry Association says striking workers at refineries are causing petrol delivery delays by intimidating drivers.  It claims have been threatened, so they will drive to petrol stations only once they know it's safe.  

vavi1BDLive reports that former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will not be voting for the ANC for the first time since 1994.  

sapsANA reports that Solidarity and the SA Police Service (SAPS) have reached a historic settlement that directly affects the promotion of more than 3,000 SAPS members, the trade union said on Sunday.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94TimesLive reports that fuel shortages have been reported at petrol stations across the country - making nonsense of the assurances of industry spokesmen last week that motorists had nothing to worry about unless the strike were prolonged.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 30 July and Sunday, 31 July 2016

UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) on Sunday urged the SA Police Service (SAPS) to re-establish the railway police as it existed before it was incorporated into the regular police in 1986.  

pravingordanCity Press reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan promised on Tuesday that the controversial employment tax incentive (ETI), colloquially known as the ‘youth wage subsidy’, would be renewed next year.