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.

numBloomberg reports that with wage talks at South Africa’s major platinum producers set to start, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is demanding a 20% increase in pay from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

postoffice thumb100 BDLive reports that SA Post Office (Sapo) CE Mark Barnes on Monday said no retrenchments were being contemplated, but that the entity was putting together a package for voluntary early retirement.  

sapsTimesLive reports that police have beefed up a task team investigating a series of murders in the Limpopo town of Northam, which are suspected to be linked to rivalry between two mining unions.  

cosatuBDLive reports that more than 200,000 members of labour federation Cosatu in the Western Cape are due to go on a strike on Wednesday to demand improved rail and bus services in Cape Town.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 20 June 2016

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 17 June 2016.

newsFin24 reports that, in the midst of staggeringly high unemployment figures, South Africa hosted more asylum seekers than any other country in the world at the end of 2015.  This is according to a report by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).  

zumaTimesLive writes that the government has gone into overdrive to avert the explosion of an unemployment "time bomb".  President Jacob Zuma will meet with government leaders, officials and unionists on Tuesday to discuss the state of the economy, including remorselessly increasing youth unemployment.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that Lily gold mine in Mpumalanga is still waiting for a deposit of a R171.8 million investment from a Canadian company.  

harmonyANA reports that Harmony Gold Mining on Monday announced that an employee had died in a mine accident underground at its Welkom operation in the Free State over the weekend.  

protestBDLive reports that University of Johannesburg (UJ) research has shown that labour issues accounted for almost half of all public protests recorded by the police between 1997 and 2013, while the number of protests characterised as disorderly had steadily risen.  

cosatuCity Press writes that it his new book, The Battle for Cosatu: An Insider’s View, Patrick Craven gives an ‘insider’s view’ of the infighting in labour federation Cosatu and the determination to get rid of its former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.  

newsSunday Independent writes that some 130 days after the rock-fall at Lily Mine that led to three miners ending up trapped underground the scene outside the mine is eerily silent.  At the time of the accident, the mine had 482 employees, but it is not clear how many of those men and women are still actively on duty.  

numsaNews24 reports that Castro Ngobese, former spokesperson for the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), and the union have reached a settlement after he challenged its decision to fire him.  

vodacomBusiness Report writes that cellular giant Vodacom had doubled the remuneration package of its chief executive, Shameel Joosub, in the year to March to R22 million on improved growth.  

sandf thumb medium90 89City Press reports that barely a month after the chief of the defence force, General Solly Shoke, recalled 509 soldiers he had placed on special leave for marching to the Union Buildings in 2009, they are planning to claim millions of rands in a class action.  

presidencyTMG Digital reports that President Jacob Zuma will convene the Presidential Labour Working Group on Tuesday for a discussion of matters relating to the economy as well other socio-economic issues‚ the Presidency said on Sunday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 18 June and Sunday, 19 June 2016

numsaBloomberg reports that formal wage bargaining between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organisation covering the local units of automakers will begin on 21 June 2016.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 17 June 2016

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 15 June 2016.

ednamolewaANA reports that the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has dismissed claims by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) that SA firefighters were “ruthlessly exploited” in Canada.  

ramaphosa2In an interview with the Mail & Guardian, NUM general secretary David Sipunzi endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from President Jacob Zuma as ANC president in 2017, saying the former union leader has the capacity to lead the governing party and the country.  

newsDaily News reports that a shopfitter has been badly injured after jumping out of a window in a desperate attempt to escape a fire in a student residence under construction at the Durban University of Technology (DUT).  

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that the SA Public Service Union (Sapsu), which is leading strikes at public hospitals in Durban this week, has vowed to carry on with its protest.  

miners2Mining Weekly reports that according to Sharmlin Govender, director of industrial conveyor maintenance service provider ELB Conveyor Maintenance, the mine maintenance industry is facing a significant skills shortage, exacerbated by commodity price instability.  

numsaNews24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Thursday that South Africans firefighters who went on a pay strike in Canada had been 'ruthlessly' exploited.  

StellenboschUniversityBDLive reports that Stellenbosch University, which continues to grapple with issues of transformation, has taken a decision to remunerate its female and male staff equally.   

southafricalogoThe Department of Public Works has warned learners, including graduates seeking employment, about a scam promising 700 learnerships at the department.  

councilmedicalschemesBDLive reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) is taking steps to stamp out fraud in the election of medical scheme trustees.