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.

earningsFin24 reports that labour unions have asked President Jacob Zuma to make good on a promise to cap the salaries of high income earners, accusing business of not cooperating with them to improve economic conditions.  

zumaPresident Jacob Zuma has praised organised labour and business for working with the government to avert a recent ratings downgrade, and said the cooperation should continue.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that a senior doctor has disclosed that doctors are taking prescription drugs to cope with working shifts of up to 36 hours and more.  

ramaphosa2Fin24 reports that government and labour are set to organise a summit to discuss ways to retain and create jobs in the tough current economic climate, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.  

nehawu80News24 reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Tuesday that Parliament's secretary, Gengezi Mgidlana, would not be allowed to address workers until he dealt with issues affecting employees.  

statssaBDLive reports that inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI) and reported by Statistics SA, decelerated to 6.1% in May from 6.2% in April, surprising economists who had expected it to rise to about 6.3%.  

tshwane thumb100 The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has called for calm in Tshwane, while the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) has strongly condemned the burning, destruction and vandalism that has taken place in the city this week.  

GEMSNetwerk24 reports that the medical scheme for public servants, the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems), is still after nine years not compliant with the reserve requirements laid down in terms of the Medical Schemes Act.  

fsbTimesLive reports that the Financial Services Board (FSB) has denied offering its Deputy Registrar of Pension Funds Rosemary Hunter a golden handshake to leave quietly.  

harmonyNetwerk24 reports that an investigation is underway at the Phakisa gold mine near Welkom after an employee of the Harmony Gold group was killed in an underground train accident on Saturday.  

boardroomtableBusiness Report writes that a new agreement on wages and conditions of service for the retail motor industry is unlikely to be in place before the current agreement lapses at the end of August.  

eskomReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday rejected an improved wage offer from power utility Eskom as it still fell short of its demands.  But, the utility said the pay talks would continue.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 21 June 2016

cosatuFin24 reports that labour federation Cosatu on Tuesday postponed its planned strike against Metrorail and the City of Cape Town due to take place on Wednesday, after it was deemed illegal.  

gautrainTimesLive reports that Gautrain bus services in Pretoria were suspended following violent protests in the area on Tuesday.  

tshwane thumb100 TimesLive reports that the Pretoria CBD was 'a no go' area on Tuesday afternoon as workers in the capital city feared being caught up in election campaign violence.  

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popcruNews24 reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said on Tuesday that Parliament must urgently pass a law that disqualifies people charged with killing police officers from getting bail.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that about 300 employees from LSG Sky Chefs SA blocked Jones Road in Jet Park, Boksburg, on Monday while striking under the banner of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

zumaTerry Bell writes that it will be something of a miracle if any serious conclusion is reached at the high level meeting on Tuesday between President Jacob Zuma and leaders of the labour caucus at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).  

northwestuniversityNews24 reports that North West University (NWU) could be taken to court for its apparent failure to address allegations that a senior staff member sexually harassed 14 women.  

generalmotorsBDLive reports that General Motors SA (GMSA) has begun discussions with its workforce to reduce employment at its Struandale vehicle assembly plant in Port Elizabeth.  

hawksTMG Digital reports that a swift response by police and the Hawks in Cala‚ Eastern Cape‚ has resulted in the arrest of five men accused of killing an officer.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is on the hunt to fill more than 100 metro police posts, most of which are currently filled by traffic and safety and security officers in an acting capacity.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92eNCA reports that violent protests in Tshwane have disrupted train services between Cordelfos and Kalafong, Metrorail said on Tuesday.  

handcuffsANA reports that a 35-year-old man who allegedly shot two security guards in Orkney near Klerksdorp was expected to appear in court on Monday, North West police advised.  

popcruCape Argus reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has lodged a grievance with national police management after the demotion of two seasoned Western Cape crime fighters.  

sabmillerlogoFinancial Times reports that SABMiller CEO Alan Clark took a £1.2m cut in total pay last year, but will be in line to receive a payout of £55m once the brewing group is taken over by larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev.  

zumaBusiness Report writes that organised labour will meet with the government on Tuesday to discuss economic and socio-economic matters.  

numBloomberg reports that with wage talks at South Africa’s major platinum producers set to start, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is demanding a 20% increase in pay from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).