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

MineralsCouncilSAFin24 reports that data released by the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) on Thursday showed that in 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country, the mining industry employed more than 9,000 fewer people than in the previous year.

SolidarityMining Weekly reports that trade union Solidarity has concluded a two-year wage agreement with gold producer Village Main Reef.

newsLandbou reports that the Milk Producers Organisation (MPO) has reduced its workforce by about 60% as part of a process to change the strategy and structure of the organisation.

autopaxlogoSowetanLIVE reports that employees at state-owned bus operator Autopax, who have not been paid their September salaries, say they are uncertain of their future and that of the financially-distressed company.

ambulanceNews24 reports that two ER24 paramedics and a patient had a very lucky escape after a large rock was thrown through the window of their ambulance on Thursday.

newsNews24 reports that the Special Task Force stormed the St George's Conference Centre in Irene, Pretoria, on Thursday evening to rescue Defence Minister Thandi Modise, her deputy, Thabang Makwetla, and Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, after they were held hostage by disgruntled military veterans.

numsaBL Premium reports a strike in the metals and engineering sector entered its eighth day on Thursday after the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) rejected a revised pay offer from employers’ association Seifsa (Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA).

protestThe Witness reports that former liberation struggle ex-combatants from Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday staged a protest outside the ANC Johannesburg headquarters where they demanded benefits.

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) and its members are aligned with the government’s Vooma vaccination drive and will intensify ongoing efforts by launching a focussed campaign from 18 to 22 October.

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107EWN reports that the Ekhuruleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) said that it was hoping that trainees would be able to qualify as metro cops by March next year, but warned that there were no guarantees in the middle of the pandemic.

DemawusaBL Premium reports that the Democratic Municipal Workers Union of SA (Demawusa), which suspended its protracted wage strike at Metrobus bus a few months ago, said on Wednesday it was engaging with its members with a view to resume it ahead of the municipal elections on 1 November.

gavel thumb100 SowetanLIVE reports that a primary school teacher found guilty in April of assaulting an 11-year-old grade 6 pupil over the alleged theft of a bottle of sparkling water has been sentenced to a fine of R10,000 or 10 months’ direct imprisonment.

VantageGoldfieldsMoneyweb reports that it’s been nearly six years since a support pillar at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine in Mpumalanga collapsed, talking the lives of Solomon Nyirenda, Yvonne Mnisi and Pretty Nkambule. The company subsequently placed the Lily Mine in business rescue.

strike thumb medium85 85Bloomberg reports that according to the National Employers Association of SA (Neasa), the ongoing strike in the metals and engineering industries is likely to lead to job cuts, further hammering a sector that has been in decline for several years.

joburgcityEWN reports that a senior financial controller at the Joburg Market has been arrested for fraud amounting to R5.5 million.

iloBL Premium reports that the SA cabinet has officially withdrawn its support for businessperson and labour guru Mthunzi Mdwaba’s bid to lead the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

AlexanderForbesBL Premium reports that annual member insights survey by Alexander Forbes (AF) has highlighted the dire retirement prospects facing most SA workers.

Tiger BrandsBL Premium reports that Tiger Brands said on Tuesday that operations at its Albany Bakery in Germiston had resumed following a wildcat strike that resulted in bread shortages across Johannesburg.

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

CCMAIOL reports that a Durban woman, who was fired for refusing to return to the office during level 3 lockdown in June last year, citing a comorbidity, has won her case in the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa called on Mandla Msibi to immediately step aside after the MEC of agriculture in Mpumalanga appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder as a result of a deadly ANC branch meeting in August.

SANParksSowetanLIVE reports that South African National Parks (SANParks) chief executive Fundisile Mketeni says he is ready to return to work after he was acquitted of assault and sexual assault charges on Monday.

SARSCape Times reports that the SA Revenue Service (SARS) says it has focused on 52 non-compliant companies that received R1 billion in contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other Covid-19 related services.

labourcourtsGroundUp reports that a former employee at Clover has failed in his bid to be reinstated in his job after he was dismissed for a Facebook posting in which he said that all white people should be killed.

Tiger BrandsTimesLIVE reports that Tiger Brands on Monday obtained an order from the Labour Court in Johannesburg declaring the strike by workers at its Albany Bakery in Germiston as “unprotected”.

bmwReuters reports that a spokesperson for BMW said on Monday that output at the company’s main vehicle assembly plant at Rosslyn had been hit by the wage strike in the metals and engineering sector.

newsFin24 reports that Umgeni Water, SA’s second-largest water provider, advised on Monday that its acting chief executive, Nomalungelo Mkhize, had resigned with immediate effect.

ems joburgNews24 reports that a fire has destroyed a mattress factory in Nancefield, Johannesburg, with the owner, Imran Kazi, indicating that the factory was burnt to the ground and all the machinery was destroyed.

strike thumb medium85 85BL Premium reports that the indefinite wage strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in the metals and engineering sector has cost workers R100m in lost wages, employers said on Monday.