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.

Stats SABL Premium reports that the construction, manufacturing and mining sectors were among industries that contributed to a decline in formal employment in the fourth quarter of 2023.

newsBL Premium reports that industrial major Barloworld has entered consultations with organised labour and affected stakeholders to restructure parts of its local Ingrain operations, which could lead to dozens of job losses.

ictBusiness Report writes that a Kaspersky survey has found that 48% of companies globally require upwards of six-months to find and appoint a qualified cybersecurity professional.

saa thumb medium95 76City Press reports that state-owned national carrier SAA is fighting tooth and nail to recover what it calls “classified information” about its pricing and fare construction data that was allegedly stolen by former employee Thanusha Chiba, who held the position of pricing analyst.

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gunThe Citizen reports that two men accused of shooting Dr Michael Isabelle dead at his medical practice in Dobsonville, Soweto, in February, made their first appearance at Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

joburgcityEngineering News reports that investment into climate mitigating strategies, as outlined in the City of Johannesburg’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), could create as many as 340,000 jobs, while investment into climate adaptation strategies could create an additional 77,000 jobs.

JMPDNews24 reports that the lack of basic tactical training and procuring firepower are some of the factors hampering the Johannesburg Metro Police Department's (JMPD’s) ability to tackle crime in the lawless inner city.

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has secured three forfeiture orders of R18 million in relation to various properties belonging to illegal mining kingpins.

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has initiated legal proceedings to place Netcare Medical Scheme (NMS) under curatorship, in yet another dispute highlighting an escalation in hostilities between the regulator and the medical aid industry.

harmony kusasalethu thumb100 Mining Weekly reports that the SA mining industry has made significant inroads into addressing tuberculosis (TB) since 2017 and has met its ten-year target to reduce the incidence rate among mineworkers to below national levels.

GodongwanaIOL News reports that Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana says the government has not decided on the funding model for National Health Insurance (NHI).

earningsThe Citizen reports that government’s announcement ahead of the long weekend of a 4.7% salary increment might have been good news for public servants, but economists reckon otherwise.

Stats SABloomberg reports that SA’s consumer inflation rate climbed to a four-month high in February, likely cementing the SA Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) resolve to keep borrowing costs on hold when it meets next week.

earningsThe Citizen reports that the monthly BankservAfrica Take-home Pay Index (BTPI) experienced another positive month in February.

numsaTimesLIVE reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Thursday commemorated Human Rights Day by honouring the memory of the people killed in the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960 while protesting against the “dompas” system.

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Sibanye StillwaterBL Premium reports that Sibanye-Stillwater suspended production at the Siphumelele shaft of its PGM operations in Rustenburg on 29 February after surface infrastructure was damaged.

handcuffsNews24 reports that officers deployed to KwaZulu-Natal to combat the killing of mining executives and the theft of minerals arrested a truck driver, who was in possession of R15.5 million worth of stolen Zircon and Chloride from Richards Bay Minerals (RBM).

gavel thumb100 Fin24 reports that two former Free State housing officials have been handed suspended sentences after admitting to soliciting bribes from service providers between 2009 and 2012.

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that SA’s public servants are set to receive a wage increase of 4.7% on 1 April in line with a wage deal signed by the government and four unions at the public service coordinating bargaining council (PSCBC) on 31 March 2023.

Golden ArrowNews24 reports that frustrated Cape Town bus commuters say Golden Arrow Bus Services' (GABS) price hikes are a major blow to the poor who struggle to get to their daily destinations.

durbanIOL News reports that eThekwini Municipality teams are working to restore crucial services impacted by the protracted strike by SA Municipal Workers Union-affiliated staff that was suspended last week.

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that a KwaZulu-Natal policeman, who was found guilty of demanding a gratification to get rid of case dockets, was this week sentenced to direct imprisonment of 12 years.

cosatuCape Times reports that with fuel prices expected to increase again, trade union federation Cosatu says the government should invest more in public transport and Transnet to cushion the poor from the rising cost of living.

ramaphosa2TimesLIVE reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa told parliament on Tuesday that after several delays, the much-awaited lifestyle audits of members of his executive were firmly under way.

postoffice thumb100 Cape Times reports that about 235 SA Post Office (Sapo) branches are set to be closed, leading to employees being retrenched, after the conclusion of a ‘section 189’ process conducted by the CCMA.

southafricalogoThe Star reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has issued a stern warning to SA companies that employ undocumented foreigners in their workplaces.

sabcSABC News reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has provided an update regarding the wage negotiations for the 2023-24 financial year between the public broadcaster and the Communications Workers Union (CWU).

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summaries of our selection of South African
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