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.

VUTThe Citizen reports that there was still no indication late on Thursday as to when academic activities would resume at the troubled Vaal University of Technology (VUT).  

angloamerican fullBDLive reports that Anglo American’s plans to cut its workforce to nearly a third of the 135,000 people it employs are among the factors painting a gloomy picture of SA’s prospects of reducing its 26.7% unemployment rate.  

fsbBDLive reports that the Financial Services Board (FSB) may have misled the finance minister about the scope of a KPMG probe into the cancellation of dormant funds, the subject of a hotly contested case, new court filings show.  

eskomBDLive reports that wage negotiations at Eskom are due to resume on Wednesday next week with a second round of talks.  

implatsANA reports that one of the two mineworkers trapped underground at the Impala Platinum (Implats) mine in Rustenburg, North West, was found dead on Thursday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 19 May 2016

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vwBusiness Report writes that according to Volkswagen SA (VWSA) managing director Thomas Schäfer, the international reputation of the country’s automotive industry would be completely destroyed if this year’s collective bargaining resulted in strikes like the industry experienced in 2013 and 2010.  

mildredoliphantNews24 reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) amendment bill is one step closer to becoming a reality after it was passed in the National Assembly on Thursday.  

newsNews24 reports that a case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated by police after two buses collided and burst into flames in Khayelitsha, leaving more than 50 people injured.  

eskomBDLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has rejected Eskom’s offer of a 5% wage increase and is demanding increases of 18% for the lowest-paid workers and 15% for the highest-paid workers.  

comReuters reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA said on Wednesday that about half its members were unprofitable as a result of weakening commodity prices, rapidly rising costs, falling productivity and regulatory issues.  

epkingsHeraldLive reports that the decision by inspirational skipper Steven Sykes to leave the Southern Kings could spark a mass exodus of players from the struggling franchise once the Super Rugby season ends.  

goldbarsDavid McKay writes that SA’s gold mining industry could face up to $3.4bn in liabilities relating to a class action issued on behalf of mineworkers suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis (TB).  

vavi1Amy Musgrave writes that the South African labour scene has a new labour federation on the way, but the pertinent question for many is how the federation will be different to Cosatu.  

goldfieldsBDLive reports that Gold Fields directors were quizzed at its well-attended annual general meeting on Wednesday about changes to performance measures for management remuneration and their response to silicosis.  

absalogo thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the Private Security Sector Provident Fund (PSSPF) has given notice to terminate its relationship with its administrator Absa Consultants and Actuaries.  

sadtu90BDLive reports that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has turned its ire on the ministerial task team which probed the jobs-for-cash scandal, accusing it of being "irrational".  

implatsEWN reports that rescue operations resumed on Thursday for two miners who went missing after a fall of ground incident at Impala Platinum’s (Implats') Rustenburg 1 Shaft on Tuesday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 18 May 2016

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 17 May 2016.

protestTMG Digital reports that the main entrance of the Department of Health in Pretoria remained shut for a second consecutive day on Tuesday‚ as hundreds of community health workers continued their picket.  

GEPFSowetanLive writes about the recommendations of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to up the service delivery standards of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF).  

statssaBusiness Report writes that the figures in last week’s employment statistics that reflect a jobs bloodbath seem to be exaggerated, according to labour economist Neva Makgetla.  

implatsThe Star reports that rescue workers were on Wednesday morning racing against time to rescue mineworkers who have been trapped underground at the Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg (Implats) for over 24 hours.  

FordEngineering News reports that carmaker Ford on Tuesday announced that it would invest R11.5-million in the construction and operation of a new job training and entrepreneurial development centre at its SA assembly plant, in Silverton.  

sactwuCape Argus reports that the Cape Town city council has been given 15 days to file an answering affidavit in the Western Cape High Court in response to an urgent interdict being sought by the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu).  

gautrainThe New Age reports that Gautrain has drastically increased its fares since its inception five years ago, while from 1 June it will cost commuters R76 to travel between Johannesburg and Pretoria.  

robdaviesBusiness Report writes that Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has lauded the benefits of agro-processing and believes the processing of agricultural products could create a number of jobs in the country amid the fall in mineral commodity prices.  

statssaBDLive reports that Statistics SA announced on Wednesday that the consumer price index (CPI) rose 6.2% year-on-year in April, slowing from 6.3% in March and 7% in February.