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.

ramaphosa2Fin24 reports that as Eskom and trade unions sit down on Friday to discuss a deal that it is hoped will end a week of labour unrest and intense load shedding, business leaders have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to say his government's efforts are not enough and more must be done to address the crisis.

UIFTimesLive reports that if SA's economy continues to suffer, workers who lose their jobs could in future have less to fall back on as the Unemployment Insurance Fund's (UIF’s) kitty gets depleted.

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has been allocated R1 billion to fund a "mobility exit mechanism" (MEM) that would result in more than 3,000 uniformed soldiers leaving over the next two years.

gautrainEngineering News reports that according to Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) communication and marketing senior executive manager Dr Barbara Jensen, ridership on the Gautrain has recovered to 23,358 average weekday rail trips, which is 42% of pre-Covid-19 numbers.

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ambulanceThe Mercury reports that one person died and 13 were seriously injured when a taxi transporting night shift workers to work collided with a truck on the R102 near Darnall in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.

meibcEngineering News reports that parties to the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) have voted to extend the three-year agreement reached in the metals and engineering sector in October 2021 to non-parties.

boardroomtableThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it has not rejected Eskom’s wage offer of a 7% wage increase yet, despite reports which suggested otherwise.

eskomBloomberg reports that Eskom extended the worst blackouts on record to a fourth day as the state-owned power utility struggled to recover from a strike that prevented as many as 90% of staff at some power plants from going to work.

numsaMoneyweb reports that National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola has denied that the union is part of plans to hold a protest at Eskom’s Megawatt Park headquarters in Joburg on Friday.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the Special Tribunal has reviewed and set aside a multimillion-rand personal protective equipment (PPE) tender awarded by the Gauteng Department of Health to Zakheni Strategic Supplies.

newsSowetanLive reports that commuters using buses and the Gautrain have not been spared price hikes.

ambulanceWeekend Argus reports that paramedics have once again come under attack, with an EMS vehicle having been hijacked from an accident scene in Table View on Tuesday.

sapsIOL reports that the Hawks have arrested a 31-year-old female police officer attached to Anti-gang Unit in Gqeberha on allegations of murdering her colleague. Sergeant Sindile Godfrey Daniels, 40, was shot in the stomach during a night patrol in KwaDwesi on 17 June.

cloverTimesLive reports that JJ Cassanga, a security guard who was attacked during the Clover strike in February, has died. Civil rights organisation AfriForum said he collapsed at his doctor’s rooms on Tuesday.

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that as SA remains saddled with stage 4 and stage 6 load-shedding, high-level interventions are under way to ensure workers who have started to return after having embarked on an illegal and violent strike at Eskom will be satisfied with a revised wage offer expected to be tabled on Friday.

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that Minerals Council SA (MCSA) legal deputy head Mxolisi Ngubane says that, although the prevalence of illegal mining is not new, the brazenness and evolving nature at which operations are taking place is becoming increasingly concerning to the wider mining industry and especially to miners in hotspot or sensitive areas.

petrolpumpSowetanLive reports that taxi commuters are to be hit with hefty increases of up to R5, the highest in history, as fuel prices and the cost of living continue to spiral.

SolidarityEWN reports that according to trade union Solidarity, Eskom left the early stages of wage talks with it and workers affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) prematurely.

eskomMoneyweb reports that the recovery of Eskom’s generation systems is off to a slow start as, according to the power utility’s statement on Wednesday, many of its workers remain absent.

employment thumb100 Fin24 reports that when President Cyril Ramaphosa launched The Youth Employment Services (YES) programme in March 2018, it was supposed to create one million jobs for unemployed youth per year for three years.

news shutterstockIn our Thursday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of recent South African
labour-related reports.

newsTimesLive reports that cash-strapped South Africans are paying almost 14% more for basic food and personal hygiene items than a year ago, prompting fears of rising hunger, social instability and poor health.

eskomBloomberg reports that according to people familiar with the matter, Eskom Holdings is offering workers a 7% wage increase, after the utility lost units during illegal protests that plunged SA into the worst blackouts since 2019.

labourcourtsGroundUp reports that a long-serving employee who was fired after repeatedly testing positive for cannabis, in breach of the company’s rules, has failed in her bid to be reinstated.

protestGroundUp reports that about 500 nurses and nursing assistants at six hospitals and clinics under the Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape protested on Monday, demanding to be paid a R1,200 rural allowance.

nehawu80TimesLive reports that the battle lines have been drawn in parliament with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) rejecting an instruction for staff to get Covid-19 vaccinations or be prepared to do PCR tests at their own expense when they go to the legislature.

gunIOL reports that provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe, has established a high-level team of investigators to probe an armed robbery which took place at Sambandou Clinic in the Vhembe District in the early hours of Monday.

numsaThe Citizen reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has indicated that wage negotiations with three mining contracting companies, namely Triple M, Reagetswe, and Newrak, were now set to get underway after its strike was called off.

Stats SABL Premium reports that while SA’s total employment has increased on both a quarterly and annual basis, there is concern that full-time jobs have lagged behind part-time employment.