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.

fawuBusiness Report writes that economists warned on Wednesday that the proposed strike by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) in the grain industry might lead to potential job losses in the sector as employers replaced workers with machinery.  

mosebenzizwaneBusiness Report writes that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will visit Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine today (Thursday) to try and quell tensions between organised labour.  

sapsTimesLive reports that a police officer is murdered every four days in South Africa and 712 have been attacked this year, 81% of whom were on duty.  

NorthamMining Weekly reports that the management of Northam Platinum said talks would continue with all parties to resolve the current unrest at its Zondereinde platinum mine, in Limpopo, and ensure its employees returned to work.  

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
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telkom thumb100 BDLive reports that, in what it calls a "groundbreaking agreement" with labour unions, Telkom will set aside R750m for the 2017 financial year so as to give its employees incentives.  It will also place a moratorium on retrenchments over the next two years.  

numFin24 reports that members of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will decide on Wednesday if they will return to work at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine.  

ABInBevBusiness Report writes that brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) on Tuesday moved to defend its proposal of a cash payment to participants in the SAB’s Zenzele black economic empowerment scheme.  

mosebenzizwaneThe Citizen reports that Lily Mine would be able to resume operations in about eight to 10 months when full funding has been obtained, but permission will not be granted until a container in which three employees has been trapped for months is retrieved.  

strike thumb medium85 85Business Report writes that the Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu), which represents some 85 000 workers across various food sectors, is set to go out on strike in the grain industry.  

angloamerican fullAnglo American Platinum (Amplats) announced on Wednesday that an employee had been fatally injured in a fall of ground incident at its Khuseleka Shaft, Thembelani Mine, on Friday, 3 June 2016.  

telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that Telkom’s conclusion of a new two-year collaborative partnership agreement with organised labour does not include the company’s largest union the Communications Workers Union (CWU).  

mosebenzizwaneSABC News reports that Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, says the investigation into what led to a massive collapse at a mine shaft and the disappearance of a container with three Lily Mine workers inside, is still underway.  

NorthamReuters reports that, after a spate of murders, workers at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine said on Tuesday they would not return to work until management and police provided them with safety guarantees.  

satawu thumb medium90 101Business Report writes that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) says 105 of its members employed by Teti Traffic Services will be without jobs as of Thursday.  

hawksTMG Digital reports that Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) boss Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza has warned that the team investigating the killing of police officers will stop at nothing in its quest to bring the killers to book.  

ufsNetwerk24 reports that Nehawu members at the University of Free State’s (UFS’s) Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa campuses on Tuesday halted their strike so that new proposals can be discussed between the university and the union.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 7 June 2016

ABInBevBloomberg reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has proposed enhancing an employee-share programme after the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) threatened to protest regulatory consent of its takeover of fellow brewer SABMiller.  

NorthamMining Weekly reports that Northam Platinum on Tuesday called on employees at its Zondereinde mine to return to work now that calm has been restored.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 6 June 2016.

vavi1SABC News reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says a non-politically aligned trade union could be a solution to adequately deal with workers' issues.  

VantageGoldfieldsEWN reports that, after a meeting with mineworkers on Monday, managers at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Mine in Barberton gave an assurance that salaries would be paid between Wednesday and Friday.  

vavi1TimesLive reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has lashed out at leaders of the ruling ANC and its alliance partners‚ labour federation Cosatu and the SA Communist party (SACP).  

hawksNews24 reports that the Hawks are investigating the murders of two rival union members employed at Northam Platinum, the platinum producer said on Tuesday.  

telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that fixed-line operator Telkom says it has inked a new two-year deal with unions that will allow it to introduce widespread performance-based remuneration for both individuals and teams.  

newsEWN reports that the world's first Apple Training Centre for the blind has opened its doors in the Western Cape.  The facility, launched in Worcester on Monday, aims to empower visually-impaired people with technological and IT skills by transfering text into audio.  

NorthamReuters reports that members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will not return to work at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine until their safety is assured after a spate of murders, a spokesman for the union said on Tuesday.  

CapeTownlogoCape Times reports that the DA-run Cape Town municipality is struggling with employment equity as white men continue to dominate mid-level to senior positions.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that Cosatu has welcomed the decision by rating agency Standard and Poor to uphold South Africa’s credit rating, but the labour federation believes further austerity measures will send the country on a death spiral.