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.

ambulanceEWN and ANN7 report that emergency services in Limpopo on Tuesday treated 25 people who came into contact with formaldehyde gas at a manufacturing company in Polokwane.  

implatsMiningmx reports that two employees were missing on Tuesday night at a Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) shaft in Rustenburg following a fall of ground.  

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

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 16 May 2016.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BDLive reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is on the back foot after the damning findings of the final "jobs for cash" report were leaked.  

sadtu90TMG Digital reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is demanding the scrapping of a system through which teachers are allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils registered.  

kznlogo thumb100 BDLive reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government is involved in a tussle with public sector unions in the province over its proposal to halt payment of performance bonuses in a move intended to cut expenditure.  

numsaTMG Digital reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has applauded what it calls two historic court rulings in favour of “super-exploited mineworkers”.  

sactwuNews24 reports that the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) and the City of Cape Town are locked in a court battle over the future of the centrally located Good Hope Centre.  

parliamentEWN reports that Parliament’s management says the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is not using the proper channels to resolve labour disputes.  

medicaldoctorTimesLive reports that Limpopo health officials have staved off a strike by doctors unhappy about work conditions and lack of equipment.  

RBPlatANA reports that Royal Bafokeng Platinum on Monday announced that a mineworker who was injured last week during a mining accident at its Rasimone Platinum Mine in Rustenburg has since died.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will on Thursday begin meetings to decide on pay demands for platinum producers as wage talks loom.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 16 May 2016

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 13 May 2016.

richardsbaymineralsCity Press reports that an uneasy sense of calm has returned to Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) mine on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, which resumed operations this week after violent community protests forced a shutdown last week.  

VantageGoldfieldsBDLive reports that Lily Mine’s business rescue practitioner, Rob Devereux, says a plan for the mine will be delivered on Monday, including the development of a new shaft to restore operations and help recovery efforts for trapped mine workers.  

irvinjimIrvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), comments on the recent high court ruling that dismissed the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) challenge to section 32 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  

auroraCity Press reports that last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) turned down a request by the directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems for leave to appeal a judgment ruling them negligent.  

gavel thumb100 The New Age reports that a Bill that, if passed, will protect the public from shoddy garnishee orders was formally tabled in Parliament on Friday.  

sapsTMG Digital reports that a parliamentary reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) question has revealed that almost half as many new police officers came out of SAPS training academies into active service in the previous financial year compared to four years ago.  

JudiciaryThe Star reports that after nearly 10 years of being suspended from the Bench, it is unclear whether Judge Nkola Motata is still getting paid or not.  

goldbarsFranny Rabkin writes that the High Court in Johannesburg’s certification on Friday of the silicosis class action was only the first step on a very long road to compensation for mine workers suffering the debilitating effects of silicosis and tuberculosis (TB).  

nelsonmandelabayeNCA reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality finally has its own metro police force, seven years after the plan was first mooted, but the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is crying foul, saying it wasn't consulted.  

southafricalogoSowetanLive reports that six unions representing members in the public service have complained about political interference in disciplinary cases in the civil service.  

protestDispatchLive reports that Saturday marked 26 days since a group of more than 130 Eastern Cape pensioners, some in their 90s, commenced protest action outside Parliament in Cape Town.  

parliamentEWN reports that Parliament has accused the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) of leading a political campaign to destabilise the national legislature.  

joburgcityNews24 reports that the City of Johannesburg on Sunday released a report into the deaths of two of its firefighters who died in May 2015 at an inferno at the Nedbank Building in the CBD. 

meibcBusiness Times reports that a behind-the-scenes plan by an employer association to oust the general secretary of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) has been described as an attempt to topple a black man in charge.  

education90City Press reports that, in damning findings, the final report by Professor John Volmink’s team reveals that ‘jobs-for-cash’ in schools is endemic and claims the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is holding the education system hostage to political processes.