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.

tshwane thumb100 Sowetan reports that the City of Tshwane has launched an investigation into the status of the qualifications of its emergency services boss Previn Govender, in the latest of scandals involving the hiring of top officials in the capital.  

sapsTimeslive reports that police on Monday indicated that they had received over half a million applications to fill vacant positions across the country.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the government has proposed a five-year extension of the employment tax incentive to promote employment, particularly of young workers.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that according to Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali, the labour federation is at risk of divisions because of external political issues — including the fate of the SA Communist Party (SACP) and the ANC.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the former head of legal and compliance at Eskom Suzanne Daniels plans to tell the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) that she was dismissed for blowing the whistle on state capture when she challenges her removal on Wednesday.  

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that following protracted wage negotiations‚ the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the SA Local Government Association (Salga) have finally agreed to a 7% salary increase for municipal workers.  

newsThe Citizen reports that with the Afro Worldview news channel’s contract with MultiChoice coming to an end on Monday, its owner, Mzwanele (Jimmy) Manyi, took to Twitter, asking South Africans to pray for his employees whose future was uncertain.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that a number of labour laws are set to come under scrutiny at Cosatu’s national congress in September, with the union federation pushing for amendments to some sections of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 17 August 2018.

sapsNews24 reports that National Police Commissioner General Kehla Sitole has been asked to brief Parliament on security measures at police stations and to protect officers.  

DlodloMail & Guardian reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says the government will restructure the civil service despite objections from Cosatu.  

fawuEWN reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has signed an agreement with Blue Ocean Mussels' Velddrif plant after employees went on strike over wage increases.  

concourtCity Press reports that workers placed by labour broker Adcorp at a factory in Springs first saw their pay double and benefits such as medical aid and a provident fund being provided for the first time, only days later to receive retrenchment letters.  

nickhollandBusiness Times reports that last week’s announcement that Gold Fields would be restructuring its South Deep operation has led to the government and investors alike baying for blood and the obvious target is CEO of 10 years, Nick Holland.  

Solidarity2ANA reports that wage negotiations in the gold mining sector will resume on Tuesday when the Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) is expected to make a final salary increase offer to the four trade unions involved.  

sapsEWN reports that the Western Cape Community Safety Department has offered a R100,000 reward for information that would result in the arrest and conviction of two cop killers.  

psaFin24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has called for the appointment of a new Public Investment Corporation (PIC) board, saying it should include labour representatives.  

Mathunjwa2Reuters reports that the president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Thursday that his members were ready to strike for a year if necessary and would bring the platinum belt to a standstill if Impala Platinum (Implats) carried out plans to cut up to 13,400 jobs.  

transnetlogo thumb100 News24 reports that Transnet board chairperson Popo Molefe has warned that a "long list" of employees could be suspended or find themselves facing criminal charges.  

MineralsCouncilSAANA reports that the number of workers who have died in Sa mines to date this year is fifty-eight, higher than the 51 deaths during the same period in 2017.  

newsBusinessLive reports that civil society organisations have commended the new report into the events of 16 August 2012 in Marikana where 34 miners were shot dead.  

amcu thumb medium80 81SowetanLive reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), has described as little the R100-million government offer for general damages made to the families of slain Marikana mineworkers.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 16 August 2018.

marikanacommission thumb100 ANA reports that retired judge Ian Farlam, who chaired the commission of inquiry into the Marikana massacre, on Wednesday expressed concern over the slow pace of implementing his recommendations.  

MantasheReuters reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday that the plan by Gold Fields to cut jobs at its struggling South Deep mine failed to address "poor management".  

psaBusinessLive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) told MPs on Wednesday that no politician should chair the board of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).  

goldbarsANA reports that four trade unions on Wednesday rejected revised wage increases offers of up to 7.2% made by gold producers at the centralised collective bargaining forum for the sector.  

ancANA reports that the governing African National Congress (ANC) said on Wednesday that it was emphatically against any retrenchments in both the private and public sectors, and that it was unsustainable for mineworkers to continue to bear the brunt of job losses.  

marikanacommission thumb100 The Star reports that the widows of Marikana miners have complained of living in abject poverty while they wait for compensation following the police massacre of 34 breadwinners six years ago.  

newsTimeslive reports that Mugg & Bean (M&B) has re-employed a member of staff who claimed that he lost his job because customers did not want to be served by a black manager.