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.

VantageGoldfieldsNews24 reports that on Thursday night a small group of mineworkers and residents blocked off a main road and burnt tyres in protest over unpaid salaries and the abandoned rescue of three bodies trapped underground at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 2 February 2017.

benchmarksANA reports that the Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) said on Thursday the plight of a community near Sishen Iron Ore mine in the Northern Cape highlighted the need to properly compensate people whose lives were impacted by mining.  

farming thumb medium80 84Stafford Thomas writes that the World Economic Forum ranks SA as the second-most difficult country to operate in when it comes to labour relations, which drives an ineluctable move to mechanise in an economy suffering chronic unemployment.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the prospects of a strike affecting coal mines supplying power utility Eskom are good as three unions and the Chamber of Mines fell out this week over the structure of forthcoming wage talks.  

chickensEngineering News reports that the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) action task team is in the process of identifying several interventions to resolve the current crisis surrounding chicken dumping in SA’s poultry market.  

cosatuTimesLive reports that Cosatu has reiterated its call for Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to resign over his handling of the Lily Mine disaster and for failing to bring about urgent changes to the mining sector.  

joburgcityANA reports that Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on Thursday cancelled the City’s R1-billion co-production programme Jozi@Work, which was spearheaded by the previous administration, saying it was littered with patronage.  

newsBusiness Report writes that OneLogix, the listed niche logistics provider, has had to retrench about 50 employees in its auto logistics businesses because of the downturn in new vehicle sales.  

phiyegaBusinessLive reports that the Claassen board of inquiry has found that suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega is not fit to hold office and must be fired for mishandling the police’s response to the 2012 strike in Marikana.  

pscBusinessLive reports that the statutory body tasked with keeping public servants accountable says the Department of Public Works (DPW) has housed it in an "unfit building" in central Pretoria and the accompanying health hazards now leave it vulnerable to lawsuits from employees.  

solidariteitBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity wants clarity on Vodacom’s reported plans to implement a R15 billion empowerment deal.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it was disappointed with the decision of Sibanye Platinum to lodge a R26 million claim against the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) over ‘Section 54’ work stoppages.  

petrosaIOL News reports that PetroSA says its workers at the Mossel Bay Gas to Liquids Refinery have been left traumatised by the deaths of two employees who lost consciousness while working on a vessel.  

sandf thumb medium90 89The Mercury reports that a SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier who disappeared in the wake of a fatal shooting spree has handed himself over to police.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament's portfolio committee on police will only process the report into suspended national commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office in March, it decided at a meeting on Thursday.  

VantageGoldfieldsTMG Digital reports that the remembrance service to commemorate the first anniversary of the accident at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine near Barberton planned for Sunday has been postponed.  

witsuniversityTMG Digital reports that the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has confirmed that a senior staff member has been dismissed‚ after he was found guilty of sexual misconduct.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that the Western Cape health department has barred all emergency medical service (EMS) personnel from entering certain areas without a police escort.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that Harmony Gold has halted all scraper-related operations at its Masimong mine, in the Free State, following the death of an employee in a scraper-related incident.  

numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) declared on Tuesday it was in dispute with employers’ asociation the Chamber of Mines of SA (COM) over a move to end centralised collective bargaining on conditions of employment for coal miners.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 30 January 2017.

phiyegaNews24 reports that Parliament’s police portfolio committee is still deciding how to handle the Claassen Board of Inquiry’s report into the fitness of suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega to hold office.  

ancANA reports that the ANC on Monday said it had resolved that government should buy struggling but productive poultry farms in a bid to save jobs and increase food security and production.  

anglogoldashantiThe Citizen reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) and trade unions are busy concretising a possible arrangement that would help avert the retrenchment of more than 800 employees.  

ambulanceTMG Digital reports that an ambulance driver is in a critical condition after crashing into a hippopotamus crossing the road in Pretoria on Monday night.  

chickensFin24 reports that according to David Wolpert, CEO of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of SA (Amiesa), SA’s beleaguered poultry industry is not under threat.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday criticised Sibanye Platinum’s decision to pursue a legal bid against the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) for alleged financial damages as a result of Section 54 (i.e. safety) stoppages.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that, after taking inflation into account, the average South African earned 1.5% less in December than in the same month in 2015.  

newsCape Times reports that a criminal complaint is to be laid against a Sea Point security company director, over allegations he pilfered the pension fund contributions of his security officers.