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.

ictFinweek report that, despite the fact that most employees are becoming highly tech savvy and comfortable with mobile and cloud-based tools in their private capacities, local companies are slow to bring digital tools and platforms into the working environment.  

gunNews24 reports that a security guard was killed and another was fighting for his life in hospital following a shooting in Pinetown on Friday morning, paramedics said.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that the take-home pay of South Africans for last month declined 0.8% due to salary growth in nominal terms for the period being lower than the month’s inflation rate of 6.3%.  

vavi1ANA reports that former general secretary of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), Zwelinzima Vavi, on Thursday took his new South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on a roadshow to Mpumalanga.  

capetown thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that the Norwegian state-owned enterprise Vinmonopolet will until 7 April be holding special inspections at wine farms to make sure that international standards and legislation are being adhered to.  

solidariteitEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Thursday emphasised the importance of SA’s steel industry, stating that it was a “key enabler of every part of the South African economy”.  

uberIOL News reports that metered taxi operators in Pretoria have given the transport minister seven days to expel Uber operations, saying blood will be shed if this did not happen.  And in Johannesburg, tension rose between drivers of the two operations outside the Sandton Gautrain station on Thursday.  

newsSABC News reports that the Lily Mine Commission of Inquiry has heard that illegal mining could have caused a massive sinkhole which trapped three workers underground in 2016.  

protestNews24 reports that lobby group Save SA said after the announcement of President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle that it intended to mount a march in Pretoria on Friday.  Zwelinzima Vavi, under his new labour federation, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), will also be marching to Treasury on Friday.  

UNTUEWN reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) plans to approach the Western Cape High Court next week in a bid to force the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to beef up security around the country's rail network.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 30 March 2017

CapeTownlogoGroundUp reports that Barcelona informal settlement in Gugulethu is strewn with reeking portable chemical toilets after residents stopped cleaners from working last Friday, in protest against recruitment policies.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) plans to intensify its strike against the Road Accident Fund (RAF).  

handcuffsNews24 reports that ten police officers and eight home affairs officials were arrested in the Free State on Wednesday morning for allegedly extorting money from foreigners, the SA Police Service (SAPS) said.  

kznlogo thumb100 News24 reports that the Moerane Commission heard on Thursday that competition for councillor positions in the African National Congress (ANC) was one of the reasons for political killings in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

implatsheadgear smlBloomberg reports that in five case studies of mines, the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) found that most communities were unaware of the commitments companies made in their social plans and in almost all cases those promises were not fulfilled.  

satawu thumb medium90 101The Star reports that former members of the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) on Tuesday turned to the High Court to force the union to pay the R1 million it owed to them.  

Stats SATimesLive writes that SA’s elderly are bearing the brunt of the country's unemployment problem‚ with more than half of all old people living in households where everyone is unemployed.  

nelsonmandelabayANA reports that newly trained Metro Police officials from Nelson Mandela Bay will take to the streets to put their knowledge to test combating crime under the wing of the SA Police Service (SAPS).  

employment thumb100 Business Report reports that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has put aside R15 billion for sustainable growth and job creation.  

headgearBusinessLive reports that the mining industry shed almost 50,000 jobs from 2012 to 2015, most of which were in the gold and platinum sectors, Statistics SA indicated in its Mining Industry 2015 report.  

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said it was planning mass protest action over Eskom’s decision to mothball five power stations in the next five years to make room for independent power producers (IPPs).  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 29 March 2017

sandf thumb medium90 89TMG Digital reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) on Tuesday expressed concern over the increased number of civilians wearing military uniforms.  

sabcTMG Digital reports that the State Security Agency (SSA) appears to have spied on SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees without the required permission from a judge.  

newsCape Argus reports that the liquidation of Kishugu Clothing has meant that some 190 workers have lost their jobs when the clothing factory closes down.  

implatsheadgear smlIn the second of a two-part series, GroundUp writes that the gold mining industry is trying to move sick miners from the Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act (ODMWA) to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA).  

Road Accident FundANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Wednesday said it would intensify its strike at the Road Accident Fund (RAF) following failed mediation with the employer.  

protestANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Tuesday endorsed a march by the United Front against xenophobia in a bid to quell the recent upsurge of violent attacks on foreign nationals in Johannesburg.  

newsHeraldLive reports that, with the sardine catch quota drastically reduced, a southern Cape fishing company has turned to Africa to “keep the pot boiling” at its canning factory and so retain its 400 factory employees.