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.

CALSNews24 reports that a staff member at the University of Witwatersrand-based Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) has resigned before a hearing into sexual harassment allegations against him could go ahead.  

graduate thumb100 SowetanLive reports that Nkululeko Ndlovu wore his graduation gown on the lawns of Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday to make a statement about his six years' struggle to find a job.  

eskomMining Weekly report that the board at state-owned power utility Eskom has approved a process that could result in the retrenchment of senior executives, the company confirmed on Wednesday.  

PSCBCThe Star reports that more than three years after resolving to consider insourcing several key functions, the government has finally appointed a service provider to conduct an independent impact study into outsourcing and also the effects of using outside companies to provide services.  

retirementBusinessLive reports that according to a study by Alexander Forbes, one of the country’s largest pension fund administrators, there are no signs of SA’s retirement savings crisis abating.  

limpopo thumb100 EWN reports that Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has announced the suspension of municipal managers and chief financial officers in several Limpopo municipalities which illegally deposited money with the VBS Mutual Bank.  

SARSANA reports that former SA Revenue Services (Sars) boss Tom Moyane’s lawyers have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa demanding that he reverse his decision to fire him following recommendations from an inquiry led by retired Judge Robert Nugent.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has sided with public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on the future of SA Airways (SAA), rejecting finance minister Tito Mboweni’s contention that it should rather be cut loose.  

CPUTCape Times reports that according to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), events that led to its Department of Tourism and Events Management head, Snyman Ohlhoff, taking his own life cannot be discussed in public.  

southafricalogoGroundup reports that Department of Labour inspectors sealed off the Home Affairs offices in Atlantis on 23 October‚ after finding the building not suitable for human occupation.  

sabcANA reports on the findings released on Tuesday of a commission of enquiry appointed to probe allegations of sexual harassment at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). 

GEMSBusinessLive reports that the 15-year old Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) expects to meet the regulator’s requirement to have a 25% solvency ratio for the first time next year.  

sabcThe Citizen reports that parliament’s portfolio committee on communications resolved on Tuesday that the board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) must appear before it next Tuesday to update the committee on the retrenchment process at the public broadcaster.  

saccawuBusinessLive reports that the South African Commercial and Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) succeeded on Tuesday in having dozens of employees who were dismissed by Woolworths in 2002 reinstated by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt).  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 6 November 2018.

ambulanceEWN reported on Tuesday that emergency medical services (EMS) workers in the Eastern Cape remained on strike.  

cwu thumb medium90 95EWN reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) expects hundreds of its members at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to wear black on Wednesday as part of the build-up to a shutdown on Friday.  

newsThe Citizen reports that Johannesburg-based staffing company Innovative Staffing Solutions has fired 300 drivers after they tested positive for marijuana (dagga).  

samwu thumb medium80 78EWN reports that some workers at the West Rand District Municipality are on strike over the payment of employee benefits, including housing allowances and medical aid.  

strike thumb medium85 85Kempton Express reports that what began as a surprise strike in the packaging industry three weeks ago has descended into all-out war.  

sabcSowetanLive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has hit back at the public broadcaster.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that the Northern Cape is facing a healthcare crisis, with its hospitals and clinics battling acute shortages of staff, medicines and ambulances.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced an increase in the minimum wage for all workers in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).  

saa thumb medium95 76BL PREMIUM reports that Public Enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan indicated on Monday that he did not believe SAA, which has lost about R18bn in the past four financial years and is dependent on state guarantees, should be sold.  

harmonyHarmony Gold advised on Monday that one of its employees succumbed to his injuries on Saturday after having been involved in a rail bound equipment accident on 29 October 2018.  

DenelBusinessLive reports that members of trade union Solidarity at struggling state-owned arms manufacturer Denel have rejected a proposal to cut their salaries by about 20% from the end of November.  

strike thumb medium85 85Fin24 reports that blame for instances of violence and intimidation swung back and forth between Gold Fields and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) after the first weekend of industrial action at the company’s South Deep mine.  

numsaBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will be launching its long-awaited worker’s party, the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP), in December.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that state-owned freight company Transnet has appointed Tau Morwe as acting group chief executive following the axing of Siyabonga Gama.  

presidencyBusinessLive reports that according to presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko, the signing into law of the national minimum wage bill, which was passed by the National Council of Provinces in August 2018, is “imminent”.