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.

sabcTimesLive reports that trade unions and the Save Our SABC Coalition were expected to meet Hlaudi Motsoeneng, chief operating officer of the public broadcaster, at noon on Monday to discuss the suspension of six journalists who spoke out against censorship.  

meibcBusiness Times reports that the beleaguered Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) was thrown a life-line at the eleventh hour last week when employers agreed to extend the existing levy agreement for another year.  

statssaBDLive reports that the formal sector shed 15,000 jobs in the first quarter, to 9.273-million employees, Statistics SA’s Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey showed on Monday.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that the spectre of a strike in the retail motor industry has increased, with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) having declared a dispute in negotiations for a new industry agreement.  

cosatuCity Press reports that Cosatu has washed its hands of the unfolding labour issues at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), saying no one had asked for its help.  

coalMining Weekly writes that the certification of class action status to current and former gold mineworkers suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis potentially opens the door for similar litigation across several sectors, including coal and manganese.  

eskomFin24 reports that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is holding off remuneration increases for Eskom’s executives, but she has approved a 4.6% increase for non-executives.  

hospersaFin24 reports that the Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) has criticised Netcare for what it deems a lack of consultation with its members after announcing plans for a long-term outsourcing deal with Clicks.  

WorkingOnFireTMG Digital reports that the 300 South African firefighters who were deployed in Canada last month to help fight a massive forest blaze have finally been paid‚ according to the Canadian government.  

nehawu80Weekend Argus reports that Parliament could be heading for a repeat of the industrial action that gripped it late last year if matters outstanding from that strike are not resolved.  

VantageGoldfieldseNCA writes that Vantage Goldfields has confirmed that Canadian company AfroCan has failed to meet a deadline to pay more than R36-million.  The money would have seen operations at Lily Mine resume.  

cosatuBloomberg reports that Cosatu says it will encourage its member unions to balance wage demands with the need to preserve jobs when salary negotiations in their respective industries begin.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 2 July and Sunday, 3 July 2016

santacoANA reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) in Gauteng has suspended its plans to strike and march on the provincial government offices on 4 July.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 1 July 2016

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ABInBevBusiness Report writes that the Competition Tribunal has approved a merger between SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev, which will create the largest beer brewing company in the world.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament's disgruntled National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) members called a truce with management by going back to work on Thursday.  

sabcTMG Digital reports that the disciplinary hearings against three SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who had been charged with misconduct started on Friday morning.  

numsaReuters reports that wage talks between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and employers in the auto component sector hit a deadlock on Friday.  

sapsNews24 reports that police are investigating the murder of a construction worker who plunged to his death at a Durban construction site on Currie Road on Thursday.  

popcruDispatchLive reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) in the Eastern Cape has given government seven days to respond to demands by its members employed in the security cluster.  

platinumbarFinancial Mail writes that wage negotiations this year in the platinum sector are quite likely to progress more smoothly than in the recent past, despite some early warning signals.  

picBloomberg reports that labour federation Cosatu says it will step up pressure on the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which manages the pension funds of state employees, to invest more aggressively in infrastructure and other projects to alleviate poverty.  

timesmediaThe New Age reports that looming retrenchments at the Times Media Group may leave 65 employees without jobs in two months.  

bladenzimandeSABC News reports that the youth of Thabazimbi in Limpopo have welcomed the opening of a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college in their area.  

tshwane thumb100 ANA reports that two Tshwane deputy city managers participated in a heated meeting with members of the EFF and the #OutsourcingMustFall movement on Thursday after scores of contracted workers blocked off the city’s Isivuno head office, demanding permanent jobs.  

protestThe Star reports that throngs of media workers were expected to picket outside the SABC offices in Joburg and Cape Town on Friday morning.  This will be in solidarity with journalists suspended for standing up against a censorship policy that has been likened to apartheid-era tendencies.  

durbanTMG Digital reports that two busses were set alight in the suburb of Morningside in Durban on Friday.  It is suspected that the incident was linked to a Durban Transport Bus strike expected in the city later in the day.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 30 June 2016