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.

southafricalogoNews24 reports that the notorious hacker who goes by the Twitter name Paladin has struck again - this time targeting the websites of the Department of Labour and SA Express.  

protestFourways Review reports that Lanseria International Airport issued a statement on Friday indicating that the airport’s management and other businesses in the area had received news of planned protest action on Monday, 3 September.  

transnetlogo thumb100 ANA reports that the Financial Services Conduct Authority (previously the Financial Services Board) has completed a preliminary investigation and is now conducting a full inspection of Regiments Capital and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund.  

pikitupEWN reports that Pikitup has warned there might be more problems with rubbish collection around Johannesburg and Soweto this week.  

sasolTrade union Solidarity announced on Saturday that its members at Sasol would on Monday begin a programme of strike action because of the exclusion of whites from the company’s new staff share scheme.  

nedlacThe National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) announced on Friday that the Jobs Summit to be held on 4 and 5 October 2018 will focus on collaborative and high-impact interventions to drive job creation, job retention and economic growth.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that ITB Plastics, a division of Novus Holdings, has urged its workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to return to the negotiation table, put an end to the strike, and cease all destructive activity.  

pscSowetanLive reports that the Public Service Commission (PSC) says it is concerned about the 10% vacancy rate in various provincial and national departments even while there is high youth unemployment in the country.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that unions have put the blame squarely on Eskom for the protracted wage dispute that saw the parties signing an agreement on Thursday.  

harmonyANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the Free State region has served Harmony Gold’s Phakisa mines with 48-hours’ notice of a strike.  

goldbarsReuters reports that three trade unions indicated on Wednesday that they had declared a dispute with two of the four gold producers involved in the current wage talks covering the gold mining sectors and would be referring the matter to the CCMA.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that a three-year wage agreement signed between Eskom and recognised unions will cost R3.9bn in total, but there is no clear indication of how Eskom will pay for the increases.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Timeslive reports that former Westville Girls’ High School teacher Danielle de Bruyn‚ who resigned on Monday amid allegations that she used the k-word while teaching an English class‚ has broken her silence.  

pikitupTimeslive reports that garbage collection problems are set to continue in parts of Johannesburg after protesters on Thursday set a depot alight.  

prasaTimeslive reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) confirmed on Thursday that it had been granted a one-year safety permit to operate the country’s trains.  

SteinhoffANA reports that MPs heard on Wednesday that the billions of rand in losses suffered by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) following the collapse of the Steinhoff share price was likely permanent.  

fawuNews24 reports that following Wednesday's violent attacks and looting that targeted spaza shops in White City, Soweto, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) condemned attacks on foreign nationals operating small businesses.  

southafricalogoFin24 reports that responding to questions in the National Assembly, Deputy President David Mabuza on Thursday said that the head count in the public service would have to be reduced eventually as the public wage bill was unsustainable.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that according to Roger Baxter, CEO of the Minerals Council SA (previously known as the Chamber of Mines), a SA moderately more attractive to investors would catalyse the creation of 50,000 more mining jobs and an additional 200, 000 jobs overall.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom has finally signed a three-year wage agreement with trade unions following three months of gruelling talks that deadlocked numerous times and affected electricity supply.  

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018.

farming thumb medium80 84Cape Times reports that Simondium Guest Lodge has denied that evictions took place at its premises, even though one of the farmworkers is now sleeping outside the structure he had been occupying for years.  

SARSTimeslive reports that according to a senior National Treasury official, there was a “slow bleed” of senior managers at the SA Revenue Service (Sars) while its top leadership remained unaware of the issues that plagued the institution.  

sabcANA reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday declined to state how much it owed the producers of hit TV show Uzalo.  This was after production house Stained Glass Pictures earlier indicated that the SABC's biggest daily telenovela had been put on hold after crew and the staff were not paid their August salaries.  

joburgcitySandton Chronicle reports that the City of Johannesburg has been informed of a labour dispute at the Driving Licensing Card Account (DLCA) department that has been ongoing since 20 July.  

sapsSowetanLive reports that a senior Limpopo policeman has been fired "with immediate effect" for allegedly calling a junior colleague by the k-word.  Brigadier Eddie Enslin, who was the station commander at the Mankweng police station near Polokwane, was given the marching orders on Monday.  

naptosa thumb medium70 99ANA reports that the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA (Naptosa) has weighed in on allegations of racism at Westville Girls’ High School in Durban, saying that educators with racist tendencies have no place in the classroom.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that the case to force platinum producer Lonmin to honour its social and labour plan commitments is set for a hearing at the High Court in Mafikeng on 26 October, the Mining Forum of SA said on Tuesday.  

joburgcityThe Citizen reports that City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba has announced that 186 OUTsurance pointsmen will be reinstated, after their contract came to an end earlier this month.  

newsBusinessLive reports that MultiChoice’s new black-owned TV channel says it plans to "prioritise" job applicants from the Gupta-linked station it is replacing and that it plans to launch in early 2019.