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.

saruThe Citizen reports that labour federation Cosatu’s Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich and a transformation group think some of the untransformed ‘Stellenbosch Mafia’ Springboks are ‘playing badly’ as part of a ‘classically’ racist plot.  

parliamentBDLive reports that Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana has charged four officials of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) over disruptions to a staff meeting, the union said on Thursday.  

numDavid McKay reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it would oppose an offer to sell its 50% stake in Ubank to Oakbay Investments, a company owned by the politically-connected Gupta family.  

capetown thumb100 Fin24 reports that a new survey by human resource consultancy Mercer ranks Cape Town and Johannesburg among the least expensive cities in the world for expatriate workers.  Luanda in Angola is the second most expensive for international companies.  

transnetlogo thumb100 News24Wire reports that Transnet Limited's largest division, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), has launched an investigation into the death of an employee who fell to his death while on duty on a bridge in Mpumalanga.  

earningsFin24 reports that the average South African salary in May grew just above the estimated rate of inflation, according to the BankservAfrica Disposable Salary (BDSI) data released on Wednesday.  

eskomReuters reports that power utility Eskom has raised its wage offer to 7% from 5.75% in negotiations with workers, the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM’s) spokesman said on Wednesday.  

parliamentEWN reports that Parliament's management has issued a terse statement, chiding employees who refused to allow secretary for Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana to address a staff meeting.  

postoffice thumb100 BDLive reports that the Influential Information and Communication Union of SA (IICUOSA) said on Wednesday it would embark on a programme of action from next week, in protest against outsourcing at the SA Post Office (Sapo).  

durbanANA reports that the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality on Wednesday warned residents applying for the city’s artisan development programme of a scam in which con artists solicit an application fee via SMS.  

ebrahimpatelBDLive writes that the long-awaited establishment of a committee to look into the effect of import tariffs on the steel industry might be too little too late, with customers of ArcelorMittal SA (AMSA) haemorrhaging jobs at an increasing rate.  

UbankCape Times reports that the Gupta family are aggressively wooing the shareholders of mineworkers’ bank Ubank in a bid to buy the financial institution to ease their banking woes.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 22 June 2016

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earningsFin24 reports that labour unions have asked President Jacob Zuma to make good on a promise to cap the salaries of high income earners, accusing business of not cooperating with them to improve economic conditions.  

zumaPresident Jacob Zuma has praised organised labour and business for working with the government to avert a recent ratings downgrade, and said the cooperation should continue.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that a senior doctor has disclosed that doctors are taking prescription drugs to cope with working shifts of up to 36 hours and more.  

ramaphosa2Fin24 reports that government and labour are set to organise a summit to discuss ways to retain and create jobs in the tough current economic climate, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.  

nehawu80News24 reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Tuesday that Parliament's secretary, Gengezi Mgidlana, would not be allowed to address workers until he dealt with issues affecting employees.  

statssaBDLive reports that inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI) and reported by Statistics SA, decelerated to 6.1% in May from 6.2% in April, surprising economists who had expected it to rise to about 6.3%.  

tshwane thumb100 The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has called for calm in Tshwane, while the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) has strongly condemned the burning, destruction and vandalism that has taken place in the city this week.  

GEMSNetwerk24 reports that the medical scheme for public servants, the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems), is still after nine years not compliant with the reserve requirements laid down in terms of the Medical Schemes Act.  

fsbTimesLive reports that the Financial Services Board (FSB) has denied offering its Deputy Registrar of Pension Funds Rosemary Hunter a golden handshake to leave quietly.  

harmonyNetwerk24 reports that an investigation is underway at the Phakisa gold mine near Welkom after an employee of the Harmony Gold group was killed in an underground train accident on Saturday.  

boardroomtableBusiness Report writes that a new agreement on wages and conditions of service for the retail motor industry is unlikely to be in place before the current agreement lapses at the end of August.  

eskomReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday rejected an improved wage offer from power utility Eskom as it still fell short of its demands.  But, the utility said the pay talks would continue.  

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

cosatuFin24 reports that labour federation Cosatu on Tuesday postponed its planned strike against Metrorail and the City of Cape Town due to take place on Wednesday, after it was deemed illegal.  

gautrainTimesLive reports that Gautrain bus services in Pretoria were suspended following violent protests in the area on Tuesday.  

tshwane thumb100 TimesLive reports that the Pretoria CBD was 'a no go' area on Tuesday afternoon as workers in the capital city feared being caught up in election campaign violence.