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.

solidariteitThe Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI) for the fourth quarter of 2016 was released on Monday.  The LMI is a measure of job and wage security in the SA labour market where 50,0 is the break-even level of rising and falling security.  

numSunday Times reports that writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has learnt the hard way that replacing dialogue with violence during labour disputes can be costly.  

earningsFin24 reports that according to the latest BankservAfrica Disposable Salary Index (BDSI) data for January 2017, average real disposable salaries continue to decline.  

prasaTimesLive reports that defiant Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) acting CEO Collins Letsoalo was axed on Monday night in the wake of disclosures of his 350% salary increase.  He was seconded to Prasa by the Department of Transport last year.  

newsNews24 reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Desiree van der Walt says the aftermath of the killing of farmworker Jan Railo, who was shot and killed during a hunting accident, is a "sad case".  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107CNS reports that that the City of Ekurhuleni is mourning after one of its firefighters and emergency care practitioners died in a fatal motor vehicle accident on Saturday on Tonk Meter Road between Duduza and Kwa-Thema.  

earningsANA reports that acting CE of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), Collins Letsoalo, at a media briefing on Monday refuted allegations that he had demanded a massive pay hike, as well that he receive benefits he was allegedly not entitled to.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA reports that SA Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union (Saptu), which is an affiliate in the agricultural sector of labour federation Fedusa, has called on government to act decisively to stop ruthless farm murders.  

solidariteitEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity has set its sights on the expansion and sustainability of SA’s domestic steel industry for the year ahead and will soon launch a Support Our Steel (SOS) campaign.  

prasaANA reported last week that negotiations between two transport unions and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) have deadlocked.  

artisan2Weekend Argus reports that the Western Cape’s largest technical vocational education and training (TVET) college produced four gold, one silver and a bronze medal at the National WorldSkills competition held in Durban last week.  

newsCaxton News Service reports that a scammer spinning a tale about a dead domestic worker has resurfaced, having this time targeted a woman in Lyttelton, Pretoria out of R3,000 on the weekend.  

gunCaxton News Service reports that employees of Lauds Foundry Equipment in Wadeville, East Rand, were subjected to a nightmarish time on Wednesday when the company was invaded by 15 men.  

UNTUANA reports that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) acting CEO Collins Letsoalo, who was supposed to use his “so-called ‘Mr Fix-It’ skills” to get the passenger railway service back on track, must be fired with immediate effect, the United National Transport Union (Untu) said on Sunday.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu is expected this week to consider its position on the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) and on the state of the governing alliance.  

newsTimesLive reports that a survey of office workers across SA has revealed the five things employees most want from their office space and 42% said more natural light was the most important element.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that it had received a section 189 notice (i.e. possible retrenchment notice) from Pan African Resources (PAR), which intends to lay off about 2,000 workers at its Evander Gold Mine.  

gavel thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that the man who shot a farmworker dead while he was hunting warthogs has been released on R15,000 bail.  

southafricalogoNetwerk24 reports that the number of state officials in national departments will be cut in the next two years by about 4.27% as a result of savings announced by the minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan, on Wednesday.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that a man was killed after falling off a roof in Durban’s harbour precinct, paramedics said on Sunday.  

prasaBased on a Sunday Times report, BusinessLive writes that Collins Letsoalo, who was seconded to the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) by the Transport Minister in July last year as acting CEO, has spent considerable energy securing himself a pay cheque four times his agreed salary.  

newsThanks to our readers for their indulgence over the break in new postings for the past week and a half.  This was occasioned by capacity issues.  But, we are back now and will be doing our best to get you all the latest labour news. Regards from the Editor

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weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 14 February 2017

gigaba2Cape Argus reports that Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has clarified that all businesses - not just those in the hospitality or construction sectors - were required to have a workforce of at least 60% South African citizens in their employ.  

gavel thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that eight former farmworkers employed by Athol Trollip, executive mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, were ready on Monday to testify in Grahamstown in the civil case against Trollip brought by Lawrence Troon, former ANC councillor.  

mosebenzizwaneNews24 reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza on Monday met families of the three trapped Lily Mine workers.  

graduate thumb100 TimesLive reports that, while the unemployment rate among South Africans with a tertiary qualification stood at 7%‚ it was a staggering 33% among TVET graduates‚ according to figures released by Statistician-General Pali Lehohla.  

kznuniversityThe Mercury reports that the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been plunged into a fresh management crisis amid its suspension of five of its top executives on Monday.  This has left staff unsettled and there have been calls for the vice-chancellor to be suspended instead.  

statssaBusinessLive reports that the unemployment rate reduced to 26.5% in the fourth quarter from 27.1% in the third quarter, Statistics SA reported on Tuesday.