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.

joburgcityNews24 reports that the City of Johannesburg on Sunday released a report into the deaths of two of its firefighters who died in May 2015 at an inferno at the Nedbank Building in the CBD. 

meibcBusiness Times reports that a behind-the-scenes plan by an employer association to oust the general secretary of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) has been described as an attempt to topple a black man in charge.  

education90City Press reports that, in damning findings, the final report by Professor John Volmink’s team reveals that ‘jobs-for-cash’ in schools is endemic and claims the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is holding the education system hostage to political processes.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 14 May and Sunday, 15 May 2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 13 May 2016

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 12 May 2016.

solidariteitEWN reports that trade union Solidarity says former Aurora workers are entitled to at least R28,000 each, but Khulubuse Zuma says he still needs to consult his lawyers.  

employment thumb100 Reuters reports that the Cabinet said on Thursday it was taking measures to deal with a stubbornly high unemployment rate, which spiked to a record 26.7% in the first quarter.  

auroraThe Star reports that Aurora mine bosses Khulubuse Zuma and Zondwa Mandela could face criminal charges and a multimillion-rand lawsuit after they lost an application to appeal against a high court judgment that found them personally liable for the collapse of two mines.  

saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that the four trade unions in wage talks with South African Airways (SAA) have given conflicting accounts about whether or not negotiations have deadlocked.  

solidariteitBusinessTech reports that the latest South African Labour Market Index (LMI) for Q1 2016 published by union Solidarity shows that the local labour market has declined in every key metric.  

cosatuIOL News that Cosatu has labelled the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision to deny an appeal application by directors of Aurora Empowerment System as a “huge victory” for the company’s workers.  

harmony kusasalethu thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the High Court in Johannesburg has certified a class action against gold mining companies in SA by mineworkers suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis (TB).  

vavi1News24 reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has been dodging offers to join political parties and become Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) mayoral candidate.  

gavel thumb100 TMG Digital reports that a full bench of the High Court in Johannesburg is on Friday expected to rule on whether silicosis sufferers may institute a class action against South Africa’s gold mining companies.  

newsANA reports that a man died and 13 others believed to be employees of mobile cellphone company MTN were critically injured when their minibus overturned near Zeerust on Thursday.  

earningsBusinessTech reports that Career Junction recently launched its 2016 Salary Review, which shows that Gauteng remains the best paying province, by some margin.  

VantageGoldfieldsANA reports that workers at the doomed Lily gold mine in Barberton have been informed that they may begin to apply for voluntary severance packages as the mine has no money to pay their salaries yet.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 12 May 2016

publicprotectorTimesLive reports that former employees of the former Venda homeland in Limpopo who were deprived of their pension funds from the former bantustan are set to receive their monies.  

MotsoalediTimesLive reports that Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has warned health professionals to straighten up their attitudes and refrain from behaving like “devils in white”.  

strike thumb medium85 85Business Report writes that Teti Traffic workers who downed tools over a week ago demanding higher wages, have finally handed over a memorandum detailing their demands to the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral).  

saa thumb medium95 76BDLive reports that wage talks at South African Airways (SAA) are headed towards mediation, while the airline on Thursday moved to dispel perceptions it had sufficient cash to meet high wage demands.  

pikitupBDLive reports that Johannesburg waste removal entity Pikitup on Thursday said the past few weeks have been hassle free and it has recovered from the tumultuous wage strike that brought its service to a halt.  

VUTBDLive reports that the Vaal University of Technology’s (VUT’s) Vanderbijlpark campus has descended into chaos, with students and police officers clashing.  

ehrenreichBDLive reports that Cosatu in the Western Cape has called for Indian workers employed in the docks of Cape Town to be "sent out of SA” as South Africans can do the jobs.  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 11 May 2016.

auroraBusiness Report writes that the end of the road has arrived for the former directors of the now defunct Aurora mining company as the Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled against them.  

numFinancial Mail writes that, mindful of the depressed economic environment, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will take a far less militant approach than before to the upcoming wage negotiations in the platinum industry.  

GEPFBDLive reports that public sector trade unions are gearing up to challenge in court a decision by the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) to amend the formulae used to determine payments to members who retire or resign early.