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.

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that a man arrested for allegedly raping his domestic worker and then forcing her to perform sexual acts with his dog was due to appear in the Bronkhorspruit Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.  

fawuFin24 reports that Katishi Masemola, general secretary of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), said outside Parliament on Monday that if President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a so-called sugary tax into law, "Ramaphoria will turn into Ramaphobia".  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) said on Monday that its members have gone on strike at Idwala Carbonates in Port Shepstone following a deadlock in wage negotiations.  

sapsTimeslive reports that Parliament’s portfolio committee on police on Monday said it was concerned by the number of police suicides reported in the last few weeks.  

GEPFBusinessLive reports that employees at the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) have postponed their strike by a week to allow enough days for a notice to be served on the employer.  

numsaBusinesslive reports that an urgent court interdict was granted overnight to temporarily prevent Eskom from signing deals that union believes will lead to job losses and an increase in electricity prices.  

JMPDTimeslive reports that the boom gate system at the Grasmere Toll Plaza in Johannesburg has been opened after disruptions caused by a strike on Tuesday morning.  

nehawu80eNCA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is expected to provide an update at a press briefing on Tuesday on its nationwide strike at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS).  

southafricalogoThe Sunday Independent writes that the Department of Labour (DOL) is allegedly in a shambles, hit by a string of resignations of senior managers and failing to meet performance targets.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Timeslive reports that the Education for Social Justice Foundation says it is outraged and infuriated by endless violence directed at teachers by learners in some of the schools across the country.  

cosatuMail & Guardian writes that the value-added tax (VAT) increase, public sector wage talks and the withdrawal of a motion to discuss the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank in Parliament has set Cosatu on a collision course with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that Phumudzo Maphaha has been appointed as the new presiding officer of the Department of Labour’s Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse inquiry.  

TegetaCity Press reports that according to business rescue practitioner Johan-Louis Klopper, the Gupta family “raped and pillaged” the productive companies they controlled to subsidise unprofitable ones, and to pay for everything from houses to their jet and a game farm.  

er24Timeslive reports that a man spent several hours trapped chest-deep in a grain silo in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) as colleagues frantically tried to dig him out.  

SantamTimeslive reports that a senior manager at financial services giant Santam has been placed on suspension after he allegedly made after-hours calls soliciting “adult entertainment” from a recruiter who was head-hunting him.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) paid its executive directors and prescribed officers remuneration of R139-million last year after recording a solid production performance and cutting net debt.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that operations at Tshwane bus service were due to resume on Monday following an illegal strike by the drivers last week.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see summaries of our
selection of South African labour-related stories
that appeared since Friday, 9 March 2018.

assmangTimeslive reports that the Labour Court had harsh words on Tuesday for the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) which had sought to challenge the retrenchment of one of its Assmang shop stewards.  

protestTimeslive reports that on Friday Robben Island Museum staff briefly downed tools to hand a list of grievances to management of the World Heritage Site.  Salaries‚ contract workers and the state of the harbour on the island were among their complaints.  

protestSaturday Citizen reports that hundreds of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students as well as Taxify and Uber drivers marched through the streets of Pretoria on Friday to the site where young Taxify driver Siyabonga Ngcobo’s body was found burnt beyond recognition in the boot of a car.  

psaEWN reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has written to the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) requesting information regarding the number of Steinhoff shares purchased by the body on behalf of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF).  

miner thumb medium90 104Reuters reports that gold producers will likely reach a settlement within six weeks in a lawsuit over a fatal lung disease that companies have set aside R5 billion in provisions for, a lawyer and an industry group said on Sunday.  

newsThe Sunday Independent reports that employees at the Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane are in limbo as they don’t know whether they will be paid or not following the listeriosis outbreak having been traced to the factory.  

numMiningmx reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will be seeking to dislodge the business practitioners appointed for Optimum Coal Mine owing to their alleged links to the Gupta family which owns the operation through Tegeta Resources.  

DUTANA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has reached an agreement with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) to end a protracted eight-week wage strike.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that Sanlam CEO Ian Kirk is taking a 20% cut on his 2017 bonus – a reduction of R2.5m – as part of a company-wide trim to incentives relating to Steinhoff exposure contained in client funds.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that after Tshwane bus drivers went on strike on Wednesday over a dispute with Tshwane Bus Services (TBS) management about working hours, operations were suspended indefinitely.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is confident there is no risk of an interruption to water supply services.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 8 March 2018.