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 Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 29 June 2016.

statssaBDLive reports that the employee-related costs of municipalities grew by 43.9% between 2011 and 2015, or from R50bn in 2011 to R73bn in 2015.  This was revealed in the Statistics SA financial census of municipalities in Pretoria on Wednesday.  

earningsTimesLive reports that the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA), which monitors food prices and wage movements, has proposed that the national minimum wage, currently under discussion, be set at R8‚000 a month.  

universumBusinessTech reports that employer branding company Universum has published a list of most attractive employers in South Africa, as ranked by university students.  

parliamentEWN reports that National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) members employed by Parliament are expected to return to work after going on strike on Wednesday in a show of solidarity with their suspended colleagues.  

labourcourtsTimesLive reports that law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) has pointed out that, when a political party intervenes in a strike‚ any concerns which the employer has in that regard must be raised with the political party and not with the trade union(s) or employees.  

santacoThe New Age reports that, speaking at the launch of the SA National Taxi Industry Awards (Santia), Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said they will demonstrate the taxi industry’s commitment to ensure that commuters and employees were treated with dignity and respect.  

MathunjwaANA reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), said on Wednesday that the rival National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was blocking the prosperity of mineworkers.  

nehawu80BDLive reports that parliamentary staff represented by the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) have given Parliament until Tuesday to reverse the suspension of four of their members, or they would down tools.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94Fin24 reports that the SA Petroleum Retailers Association (Sapra) said on Wednesday afternoon that there was no need for motorists to rush to fill their vehicles up with petrol.  

sabcTMG Digital reports that a body representing freelance journalists on Wednesday added its “voice to protests against the suspension of three senior South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists”.  

MathunjwaANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will be suing Northam Platinum for the murder of a member, union president Joseph Mathunjwa said on Wednesday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 29 June 2016

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 27 June 2016.

sabcNews24 reports that senior journalists at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday threatened to down tools following the resignation of acting CEO Jimi Matthews from the public broadcaster.  

petrolpump thumb medium80 94Business Report writes that Chevron South Africa has dismissed rumours circulating on social media of a fuel delivery strike.  The company, as well as and the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu), claimed no knowledge of the origins of the false strike notices.  

newsTMG Digital reports that using muti or traditional preparations to intimidate or threaten a colleague constitutes misconduct and is a dismissible offence.  

solidariteitBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity has threatened to take legal action against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) if it doesn't reinstate three of its suspended journalists.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Review Africa reports that according to a statement put out by the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu), eight National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members have been arrested by the SAPS at Northam Platinum’s Zonderinde hostel.  

sabcBloomberg reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is battling to quell a journalist revolt over censorship of programmes that portray the government in a negative light and its ban on screening footage of violent protests.  

prasaCape Times writes that acts of vandalism on infrastructure during protests and theft are costing the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) millions of rand and at times threaten to cripple the service.  

CapeTownlogoITWeb reports that on Monday the City of Cape Town announced the start of the orientation programme for the first group of Western Cape Skills for Africa students who will receive training in scarce ICT skills.  

OakbayBDLive reports that Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments has started using an international bank to conduct its business in SA following the closing of its bank accounts by the country’s four major banks.  However, it says the jobs of its 7,500 employees are still at "severe risk".  

LesothoflagBDLive reports that Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has extended the closing date of applications for Lesotho special permits to allow more time for Basotho to apply.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament on Tuesday suspended with immediate effect the chairperson of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) branch, Sthembiso Tembe, and a colleague, for disrupting a meeting and inciting workers.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that a Kraaifontein resident whose fiancée died in hospital on Monday after a collision on the N1 near Klapmuts on 3 June is holding the Health Department responsible for her death.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 28 June 2016

santacoSowetanLive reports that taxi commuters will participate in a new initiative to choose the best taxi driver of the year.  

cosatuNetwerk24 reports that Cosatu intends to strike next month to express its unhappiness with the state of public transport in the Western Cape.  

RamotshereMoiloaLogoSowetan reports that a North West municipality has allowed a senior employee to remain in his job despite internal investigations that he faked his qualifications and has an unsettled fraud case.