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.

artisan2Engineering News reports that Chinese home appliance manufacturer Hisense will next year implement a programme at its factory in Atlantis to upskill 1,000 unemployed electricians in the Western Cape.  

nedlacIOL News reports that Cosatu has threatened to go ahead with its planned national strike for free education if talks between business and the government do not reap the desired results.  

RobertsonWineryCape Times writes that a David versus Goliath battle between workers, who have been striking for almost 12 weeks, and Robertson Winery (RW) has reached a deadlock yet again.  

cosatuThe New Age reports that labour federation Cosatu is concerned that two of its affiliates could defect to join a mooted new trade union federation led by its former general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi.  

sandf thumb medium90 89TimesLive reports that the military ombudsman has no idea what has happened to the 20 allegations of sexual crimes committed by SA peacekeeping troops that it referred to the defence force for investigation.  

auroraTimesLive reports that criminal investigations into the alleged plundering of Pamodzi s mine assets have gained momentum as the Hawks try to extract statements, under warning of prosecution, from those implicated.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90ANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday accused platinum producer Lonmin of paying monthly salaries to a former employee while he was in prison awaiting a murder trial.  

nupsawTMG Digital/BusinessLive reports that the Department of Home Affairs is locked in an overtime pay dispute with unions which could see it scrapping Saturdays as part of its service offering.  

sasolANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday that four trade unions have concluded a three-year wage agreement with Sasol Mining.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin 24 reports that the SAA Pilots’ Association (SAAPA) said on Thursday that the attack by the airline’s chairperson, Dudu Myeni, on the benefits enjoyed by the company’s pilots won’t be a good strategy in turning the ailing state-owned carrier into a profitable business.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Ridge Times reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is adamant that it will continue with its strike until Sasol (Mining) meets its wage demands.  

numsaThe New Age writes that a storm is brewing within the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) over the finances of the union and allegations levelled against its national leadership for purging dissenting union leaders.  

sapuEWN reports that the South African Policing Union (SAPU) has called for legal action to be taken against Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza, saying his actions are a cause for concern.  

newsEngineering News reports that negotiations in the retail motor and component manufacturing industries for a new wage agreement are still ongoing.  

parliamentANA reports that an African National Congress (ANC) MP on Wednesday responded to a statement by the acting director-general of mineral resources, David Msiza, that most illegal miners were foreigners, with a call to trap them underground.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that as many as 1-million youths could benefit from a paid internship programme devised by the state, unions and business.  

angloamerican fullBloomberg reports that the Labour Court has dismissed an application brought by two minority unions at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to block a wage agreement concluded with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 8 November 2016

southafricalogoThe Department of Labour announced on Monday that the statutory minimum wages of contract cleaning employees will be adjusted upward with effect from 1 December 2016.  

concourtTimesLive reports that a former SA Revenue Services (SARS) employee‚ fired in 2007 by then commissioner Pravin Gordhan for using racist and derogatory language‚ has had the reversal of his dismissal overturned by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).  

MoodysBusinessLive reports that New York-based credit rating agency Moody’s sees the recent wage deals between platinum producers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) as positive for SA’s sovereign debt rating.  

joburgcityBusinessLive reports that the City of Johannesburg is considering dissolving the boards of 12 municipal-owned entities and absorbing them back into the city’s structures.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, points out that overseas employers are very keen to employ South Africans because we are known to be such hard workers.  

mildredoliphantFin24 reports that the minimum wage for domestic workers, including housekeepers, gardeners, nannies and domestic drivers, will be increased from 1 December 1 2016.  

auroraSowetan reports that destitute former workers of the ill-fated Aurora Empowerment Systems gold mines have submitted a list of complaints against liquidators of the company to the Master of the High Court in Pretoria.  

angloamerican fullBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the United Association of SA (Uasa) on Monday took Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to the Labour Court.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 7 November 2016

amcu thumb medium80 81Dewald van Rensburg analyses the wage deals signed last week by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) with platinum producers Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin.  

concourtIOL News reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) is due to make a ruling on whether Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan (then Commissioner of the SA Revenue Services (SARS) had powers to fire a white employee for calling his supervisor a “k****r”.  

protestIOL News reports that allegations of racism have hit the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with black employees protesting on Friday to air their frustrations.