news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 13 May 2016.


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

City of Joburg takes full responsibility for two firefighters’ deaths in 2015

News24 reports that the City of Johannesburg on Sunday released a report into the deaths of two of its firefighters who died in May 2015 at an inferno at the Nedbank Building in the CBD.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Joburg CBD firefighter deaths due to breaches, at The Citizen
  • Wag doodgeskiet toe rowers kitsbank opblaas, at Netwerk24
  • Studente rand UJ prof aan, at Netwerk24


MINING LABOUR

Silicosis case will put the gold mining sector on trial

Franny Rabkin writes that the High Court in Johannesburg’s certification on Friday of the silicosis class action was only the first step on a very long road to compensation for mine workers suffering the debilitating effects of silicosis and tuberculosis (TB).

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Aurora directors lose appeal application and must pay up

City Press reports that last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) turned down a request by the directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems for leave to appeal a judgment ruling them negligent.

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Lily Mine’s business rescue practitioner aims to get operations restarted

BDLive reports that Lily Mine’s business rescue practitioner, Rob Devereux, says a plan for the mine will be delivered on Monday, including the development of a new shaft to restore operations and help recovery efforts for trapped mine workers.

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Uneasy calm at Richards Bay Minerals’ mine after violent protests over jobs

City Press reports that an uneasy sense of calm has returned to Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) mine on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, which resumed operations this week after violent community protests forced a shutdown last week. 

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Other labour posting(s) in this news category

  • ARM shares bears brunt of silicosis class action ruling, at Business Report
  • Mining unions call for immediate change to labour laws after silicosis ruling, at EWN
  • Amcu: Silicosis ruling must serve as an eye-opener, at EWN
  • Silicosis mineworkers have eight months to join class action, at EWN
  • Mine workers left out of Anglo American and AngloGold silicosis compensation deal meet, at BDLive
  • Class action against mining firms excludes workers involved in other cases, at BDLive


PROTESTS AND MARCHES

Eastern Cape pensioners continue their protest outside Parliament

DispatchLive reports that Saturday marked 26 days since a group of more than 130 Eastern Cape pensioners, some in their 90s, commenced protest action outside Parliament in Cape Town.

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BARGAINING COUNCILS

Race row hits Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council

Business Times reports that a behind-the-scenes plan by an employer association to oust the general secretary of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) has been described as an attempt to topple a black man in charge.

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FMF challenge to collective bargaining law racist, says Numsa’s Irvin Jim

Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), comments on the recent high court ruling that dismissed the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) challenge to section 32 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).

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LABOUR AND POLITICS

Nehawu accused of conspiring to destabilise national legislature

EWN reports that Parliament has accused the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) of leading a political campaign to destabilise the national legislature.

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STAFFING / QUALIFICATIONS

Almost 50% decline in graduates from SAPS training academics over past four years

TMG Digital reports that a parliamentary reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) question has revealed that almost half as many new police officers came out of SAPS training academies into active service in the previous financial year compared to four years ago.

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REMUNERATION / SALARY ADMINISTRATION

Bill to reform garnishee order abuses submitted to Parliament

The New Age reports that a Bill that, if passed, will protect the public from shoddy garnishee orders was formally tabled in Parliament on Friday.

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EDUCATION / SKILLS / TRAINING / QUALIFICATIONS

Volmink report reveals that jobs-for-cash is endemic in schools

City Press reports that, in damning findings, the final report by Professor John Volmink’s team reveals that ‘jobs-for-cash’ in schools is endemic and claims the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is holding the education system hostage to political processes.

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EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT / DISCIPLINE

Unions complain about political interference in public service disciplinary cases

SowetanLive reports that six unions representing members in the public service have complained about political interference in disciplinary cases in the civil service.

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Judge Motata may have earned R13m over 10 years while on special leave

The Star reports that after nearly 10 years of being suspended from the Bench, it is unclear whether Judge Nkola Motata is still getting paid or not.

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OTHER REPORTS AND ISSUES

Samwu cries foul over new Nelson Mandela Bay Metro police force

eNCA reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality finally has its own metro police force, seven years after the plan was first mooted, but the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is crying foul, saying it wasn't consulted.

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WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON SATURDAY, 14 MAY AND SUNDAY, 15 MAY 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Saturday, 14 May and Sunday, 15 May 2016 at SA Labour News


WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON FRIDAY, 13 MAY 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Friday, 13 May 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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