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.

graduate thumb100 TimesLive reports that graduate unemployment has dropped significantly since 2001 when 18% of graduates could not find jobs and the latest figures from 2011 show that just 5% of graduates are without jobs.  

McDonaldsANA reports that, following the announcement of a proposed national minimum wage (NMW), McDonald’s SA on Monday said it was committed to paying fair and just wages to all its employees as stipulated by law.  

phiyegaThe Star reports that suspended national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega's fate will soon be decided, as a report by the Claassen Board of Inquiry into her fitness to hold office has been concluded.  

popcruNews24 reports that employees of the Department of Correctional Services have finally won a protracted battle to have their salaries increased.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that the R3,500 national minimum monthly wage that the Nedlac committee of experts has recommended is below the "working poverty line" of R4,317.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 21 November 2016

saceANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday termed a report by the SA Council of Educators (SACE) into the jobs-for-cash scandal a whitewash after it could not provide evidence of corruption.  

earningsCape Argus reports that there will be no pay increase for Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and her executive in the new year, due to the country’s “economic distress”.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85Sunday Independent reports that in a volatile labour market where thousands have lost their jobs, the new president of the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) believes the agenda for decent work and a decent life for all is possible.  

farming thumb medium80 84EWN reports that the Western Cape Department of Labour has served notices of non-compliance on five wine farms in the province relating to the poor working conditions of farm workers.  

graduate thumb100 Weekend Argus reports that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has taken legislative measures to curb phony degrees with a proposed “roll of shame” for bogus qualifications holders.  

daANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has said it would be filing a supplementary affidavit in its court case against SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) corporate affairs group executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng.  

RobertsonWineryGroundUp reports that on Thursday, striking workers from Robertson Winery and surrounding farms marched to the company’s office.  

fawuBusiness Report writes that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) said on Friday that employees were expected to resume duties on Tuesday following agreement with the Tiger Brands Group for a basic wage increase of 8% across the board.  

cosatuNews24 reports that labour federation Cosatu is holding what is seen as a crucial central executive committee (CEC) meeting where it is expected to take a decision on where it stands on the ANC's succession debate.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that the threat of disruption in SA’s automotive manufacturing industry by a strike in the retail motor industry has been averted.  

gavel thumb100 Cape Times reports that after being brutally assaulted, Lutzville farmworker Johannes Baadjies was allegedly paid R400 by a farmer to not tell the truth behind his scars.  

ramaphosa2TimesLive writes that the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) of R3,500 a month is not a living wage, but is a step in the right direction in addressing wage inequality.  That was according to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who announced the proposal on Sunday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 18 November to Sunday, 20 November 2016

numThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has declared war on anyone calling on President Jacob Zuma to step down, saying he was democratically elected by the people and would be removed by them.  

pietermaritzburgcityhallANA reports that Pietermaritzburg municipal workers left a trail of destruction during a protest march to the offices of the Msunduzi Municipality on Thursday afternoon.  

numNews24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is outraged over allegations that it has been “captured by the Gupta family”.  

sidumodlaminiMail & Guardian writes that the upcoming central executive committee (CEC) meeting of labour federation Cosatu will probably leave its president, S'dumo Dlamini, isolated.  

er24Daily News reports that charges against four men accused of stabbing ER24 paramedic Lungelo Ntombela in the face and hand have been withdrawn.  

miner thumb medium90 104TimesLive reports that R1.5 billion is lying idle, waiting for 105,000 former mineworkers with lung disease to be found so the cash can be given to them.  

numANA reports that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary David Sipunzi said on Thursday that the scourge of corruption, if unimpeded, would spark a public revolt in SA.  

sabcANA reports that Parliament’s ad hoc committee conducting an inquiry into the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has written to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko asking that he advise them on what kind of protection would be available to witnesses testifying in the inquiry.  

healthcareCape Argus reports that South Africans who have medical aid cover should brace themselves for steep increases next year, with most medical schemes set to hike their contributions by double-digit figures.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that six men, arrested for allegedly selling mine blasting certificates, briefly appeared in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.  

ramaphosa2Hilary Joffe writes that events of the coming week will be crucial as labour, business and government hold last-minute talks to secure labour stability, including a national minimum wage.