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.

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 15 May 2017.

prasaBusinessLive reports that the Passenger Rail Authority of SA (Prasa) said on Monday that plans to slash staff costs by R579m this financial year would not deter it from raising pay 8%.  

ramatlhodiIOL News reports that former mineral resources minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi on Tuesday made explosive allegations against the Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and board chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane.  

sapsEWN reports that Free State police have retrieved 11 bodies from the Eland gold mine shaft in Welkom following an explosion on Thursday.  

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that that the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) is applying for a strike notice with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) after the latest talks with South African Airways (SAA) stalled.  

newsFin24 reports that a survey has revealed that the biggest fear of up to 92% of South African employees is losing their jobs.  

nersaMoneyweb reports that a decision by energy regulator Nersa could come too late to save up to 3,000 jobs of employees and contractors, as high electricity costs have rendered silicon metal production in SA uncompetitive since 2016.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that troubled platinum producer Lonmin announced on Monday that it was relocating its head office to Marikana to cut costs.  

strike thumb medium85 85The New Age reported on Monday that the wage strike at copper producer Palabora Mining Company entered its thirteenth day on Sunday, leaving operations at a virtual standstill.  

eskomMoneyweb reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) told the Gauteng High Court in papers filed on Monday that the rules of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund did not allow for early retirement of Eskom employees who, like Brian Molefe, were younger than 55.  

newsDaily Dispatch reports that Johnson & Johnson, one of the biggest manufacturers of medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer products in SA, will be retrenching 114 workers from the end of this month.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that South African Airways (SAA) lost altogether R31,781,701 when members of the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) went on strike on 26 April.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that the fate of the Tshwane Metro Police Department’s head of crime prevention, Johanna Estresia “Trish” Armstrong, who allegedly lied about her qualifications during the recruitment process, is in the hands of city manager Moeketsi Mosola.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 15 May 2017.

nursing thumb medium90 93With International Nurses Day celebrated on Friday, Daily News interviewed nurses from four public hospitals in Durban, namely RK Khan Hospital, King Dinuzulu Hospital, Prince Mshiyeni Hospital and Addington Hospital, about their working conditions.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Netwerk24 reports that more than 3,000 employees of the Mangaung metro plan to go on a protected strike from Tuesday because of alleged corruption, nepotism and unauthorised meddling in the performance of work by ANC councillors.  

southafricalogoCity Press reports that the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) has proposed changes to the way racial and gender employment targets are set.  

solidariteitNetwerk24 reports that according to Prof Hennie Strydom, an expert in international law who is attached to the University of Johannesburg, trade union Solidarity has a prima facie case to secure the assistance of the United Nations (UN) in respect of double standards over racism in SA.  

pandorNews24 reports that a focus on the need for training colleges for budding farmers, nurses and teachers was highlighted by the ANC national executive committee (NEC) subcommittee on Education and Health on Sunday.  

Road Accident FundBusiness Report writes that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the Public Protector (PP) is investigating the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for maladministration.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa poured praise on the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) on Saturday night in Durban.  

arcelormittalFin24 reports that ArcelorMittal South Africa said on Friday in a regulatory notice that safety remained its number one priority.  It expeprienced two fatalities at its Saldanha plant on 3 April 2017, both of whom were contractor employees.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90ANA reports that platinum producer Lonmin had intended re-opening its E2 and E3 shaft operations on Sunday, however spokeswoman Wendy Tlou indicated in a statement that the company had decided to keep the operations closed.  

sabcThe Citizen reports that Haludi Motsoeneng, former chief operating officer at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), will finally be subjected to a disciplinary process at the public broadcaster, starting on Wednesday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 13 May and Sunday, 14 May 2017.

numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has condemned Eskom’s decision to re-employ Brian Molefe as CEO.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 12 May 2017.

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Cabinet said in a statement on Thursday that the "stubbornly slow" pace of transformation in the workplace was "simply not good enough".  

strike thumb medium85 85Cape Times reports that about 80% of the workforce at the Ladismith cheese factory commenced a strike on Wednesday in protest over a clock-in system that was introduced on the factory floor five months ago.  

angloamericanBusiness Report writes that Kumba Iron Ore plans to review its executive remuneration policy in a bid to reach a zero fatality rate.  This follows the death of two employees in separate accidents last year.