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.

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.  

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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.  

numsaFin24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is not pleased with the 4% wage increase being proposed by employers in the road passenger sector, following the first round of negotiations.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107Caxton News Service reports that the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) has strengthened its manpower by 729 new metro officials who will assist with traffic flow, crime prevention and the application of municipal ordinances.  

nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLive reports that nurses face endless delays in being sent their practising certificates after paying their yearly fees and end up having to travel long distances to get the certificates in order to keep their jobs.  

chickensBusinessLive reports that a new business model at RCL Foods’ Rainbow Chicken plant in Hammarsdale will come into effect on Wednesday in terms of which the facility will reduce the two-shift system to a single one.  

implatsheadgear smlBusiness Report writes that the Mines 1970 Unclaimed Benefits Preservation Pension and Provident Funds want to distribute the entire fund, totaling R600 million, to ex-mineworkers in SA, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Botswana and Zimbabwe by 2020.  

newsThe Citizen reports that the SA Further Education and Training Student Association (Safetsa) has provisionally called off its nationwide shutdown of the 265 Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) campuses.  

unisaBusinessLive reports that the registration of students at the University of SA (Unisa) is set to go ahead after a salary increment agreement was signed with the National Education and Health Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Monday.  

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

comANA reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA says it is perplexed by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s statement on Wednesday directed against two of its members, and indeed, with reference to the industry as a whole.  

phiyegaBusinessLive reports that suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega has made damning allegations‚ in a high court application‚ against the board of inquiry that looked into her fitness to hold office.  

robdaviesSunday Tribune reports that Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said last week that poultry production had to be made profitable again to save jobs.