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.

handcuffsThe Citizen reports that an investigation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit led to the arrest of an Alberton Traffic Department employee.

earningsThe Citizen asks whether the new living wage of R15,000 per month is enough to live a decent life. A living wage is not the same as the national minimum wage (NMW) that employers must pay workers according to law.

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summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related reports.

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that a recent judgment by the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has raised the bar for companies to provide evidence of employees fabricating sick notes to justify their dismissal.

healthcareBusinessLive reports that the Health Funders Association (HFA), a key industry group for medical schemes, says it is optimistic the new government of national unity (GNU) will offer scope to reconsider the controversial National Health Insurance (NHI) Act.

Stats SAFin24 reports that annual consumer price inflation was unchanged at 5.2% in May in line with some expectations.

MotsoalediBL Premium reports that the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) lost its final appeal opportunity to deport 178,000 Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) holders after a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruling found it did not adequately consult the permit holders.

boardroomtableBusiness Report writes that Transaction Capital has avoided R20 million a day losses after it a successful intervention on a second day of industrial action at its troubled subsidiary SA Taxi Finance in a labour dispute over recognition with the Kungwini Amalgamated Workers Union (Kawu).

nehawu80SowetanLive reports that according to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu), the poor state of security at Mpumalanga’s health facilities is reflected by a robbery at a clinic that left nurses fearful for their safety and the theft of 23 cars from hospitals in the past six months.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a Gauteng nurse and her gardener have been charged with the murder of the nurse's domestic worker, Busiswa Nxumalo, 21, and attempts to defraud three insurance companies of some R6 million.

strike thumb medium85 85Business Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Tuesday said it was still awaiting a response from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to its appeal about bringing SA Steel Mills (SASM) to heel over its refusal to sign a recognition agreement and a R16-per-hour upgrade to the entry-level wages of workers in the company.

Media24The Citizen reports that in a bombshell announcement on Tuesday, Ishmet Davidson, CEO of Media24, announced that a proposed restructuring of the company could lead to the loss of at least 400 jobs.

ECSANews24 reports that the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA) has imposed a precautionary suspension on the consulting engineer who was overseeing the construction of the apartment block in George that collapsed more than a month ago, killing 34 people.

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

petrolpumpBusinessLive reports that according to the Automobile Association (AA), motorists can expect more fuel price decreases in July.

mercedesbenzBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has slammed the decision by Mercedes-Benz SA (MBSA) to possibly retrench more than 700 employees at its East London car factory.

SAFABusinessLive reports that SA Football Association (Safa) technical director Walter Steenbok has been called to a disciplinary hearing in Sandton on 25 June on allegations of gross misconduct.

VodacomBusinessLive reports that Vodacom dismissed 631 workers and contractors for fraud in the year to end-March after the mobile communications group investigated more than 8,000 cases.

southafricalogoNews24 reports that a disciplinary inquiry against suspended KwaZulu-Natal Regional Court president Eric Nzimande appears to be working in his favour as witnesses called by the Magistrates Commission backed his version in their testimony.

gavel thumb100 IOL News reports that a former employee at a veterinary clinic in the Eastern Cape has been sentenced to direct imprisonment in the Gqeberha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for theft.

limpopo thumb100 SABC News reports that Limpopo’s first female premier Phophi Ramathuba says she plans to develop the province’s mining sector to create more jobs.

sapsNews24 reports that national police commissioner General Fannie Masemola has suspended Mpumalanga police commissioner General Daphney Manamela following allegations of serious misconduct.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the State is pushing for a 15-year prison term for a former Passenger Rail Association of SA (Prasa) executive who doctored his qualifications and submitted a fake offer of employment to drive his salary higher.

numsaIOL News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has lodged a dispute with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) against Gautrain after a deadlock was reached with management over wage demands.

SAFACity Press reports that the days at the SA Football Association (SAFA) of its technical director, Walter Steenbok, might be numbered as disciplinary action against him are set to commence in the coming days.

mercedesbenzBusiness Report writes that trade union federations have categorically rejected the proposed retrenchments at Mercedes-Benz SA (MBSA), saying the jobs bloodbath would have devastating consequences for the workers and the economy.

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see summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that recently appeared.

TimesLIVE reports that a truck driver was burnt beyond recognition in a crash on the R617 at Landies Hill near Boston in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Midlands on Sunday.

JMPDTimesLIVE reports that a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer was attacked on an officer in Bloubosrand, Randburg, on Sunday.

gunNews24 reports that a security guard was shot dead and his colleague was wounded when they came under attack in NY50, Gugulethu, Cape Town, on Tuesday while waiting for help with their broken-down vehicle.