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.

sapsNews24 reports that former acting national police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane says he agreed to ‘step aside’ from his position with immediate effect after a constructive engagement with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.  

sidumodlaminiTMG Digital reports that Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini has for the first time openly endorsed the union federation’s support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the ANC’s next leader.  

g4sBusinessLive reports that Rajesh "Tony" Gupta blasted the G4S security guards deployed to protect his family’s luxury Saxonwold, Johannesburg, compound as nothing more than "monkeys".  

sabcNews24 reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has lodged an application to postpone disciplinary proceedings against him scheduled for Friday afternoon.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that Metrorail said on Friday that it was still using a single line shuttle service from Elandsfontein to Kempton Park for the morning peak following a train crash on Thursday that left one person dead and 102 passengers injured.  

southafricalogoTMG Digital reports that the latest disciplinary hearing into alleged wrongdoing committed in the R246m upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead was postponed on Thursday — for the third consecutive time.  

gautengANA reports that the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) said on Wednesday that it was concerned about reports of schoolchildren assaulting staff members.  

sidumodlaminiIOL News reports that pressure from union affiliates and attempts to unseat him have forced Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini to come out and say he wants President Jacob Zuma to step down.  

eskomEngineering News reports that Solidarity as well as the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s decision to rescind the reappointment of Brian Molefe as CEO of Eskom.  

sabcNews24 reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing was due to continue on Friday.  He faces charges of bringing the broadcaster into disrepute, following a media briefing he held on 19 April.  

sapsBusinessLive reports that trade unions in the police sector have roundly welcomed the removal of Kgomotso Phahlane from the position of national police commissioner, to which they say he should never have been appointed.  

MangaungNetwerk24 reports that Olly Mlamleli, executive mayor of the Mangaung metro, says that the municipality’s employees, including striking SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members, will receive a salary increase of 7.36% from 1 July.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 1 June 2017.

UWCEWN reports that the University of the Western Cape (UWC) says it is open to a mediation process with aggrieved workers who are demanding an end to outsourcing at the institution.  

sidumodlaminiTimesLive reports that Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini has been given an ultimatum to either stand firm and take the union federation’s resolutions seriously or else an alternative leader will be elected to head the organisation.  

zumaBusinessLive reports that President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday that SA’s long awaited new mining charter had been approved by the Cabinet and would be gazetted in a few weeks.  

parliamentTMG Digital writes that with Brian Molefe’s reinstatement as Eskom CEO set to be rescinded, he faces losing his R8 million a year salary, but nonetheless he qualifies for a pension payout after his brief stint as a member of parliament.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that Statistics SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey released on Thursday showed unemployment in SA to be at its highest level since September 2003.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that one person has been confirmed dead, while around 55 have been left injured after two trains collided in Elandsfontein in Ekurhuleni on Thursday morning.  

eskomANA reports that government on Wednesday ordered that Brian Molefe’s return to the helm of Eskom be rescinded and conceded that it had inflicted reputational harm on the country and the power utility.  

farming thumb medium80 84TMG Digital writes that farm workers’ battles with lifestyle diseases‚ HIV/AIDS and substance abuse are likely to threaten SA’s food security.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that union federation Cosatu has called for a delay in the implementation of the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, saying a comprehensive transition and jobs plan has to be developed first.  

PretoriaUniversityNews24 writes that following a week-long strike by the National Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) at the University of Pretoria (UP) over a salary increase (among other things), an agreement has finally been reached.  

numDavid McKay writes that, according to a report by Bloomberg News, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) had “in depth stakeholder engagement” with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) regarding the impending mining charter redraft.  

cosatuNews24 reports that Cosatu decided at its central committee meeting on Wednesday to stage a march to the Union Buildings to protest against state capture, but no date was set in this regard.  

protestTMG Digital/TimesLive report that thousands of employees‚ students and scholars in Durban were unable to able to get to work‚ school and college on Wednesday morning as taxis blockaded roads and national highways.  

angloamericanNetwerk24 reports that Anglo American Coal on Tuesday agreed that 34 retired mineworkers and their families can continue staying in Eskom-owned houses in Kriel.  

BevSAThe Star reports that Wednesday will see the early parliamentary public hearings on the Rates and Monetary Bill, which includes the proposed sugary drinks tax.  

sasolEWN reports that petrochemical giant Sasol says it is continuing to try and find an amicable solution with unions Amcu and Ceppwawu following protests at its Ekandustria site outside Bronkhorstspruit.  

eskomThe Star reports that Eskom has been sharply rebuked by Thembisile Yende’s family for what they believe is the power utility’s inaction over finding their loved one.  They suspect foul play in the handling of her death.