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.

gautengSowetan reports that more than 500 employees in the Gauteng department of roads and transport are on the verge of losing their jobs due to a new proposed organisational structure.  

newsSunday Tribune reports that a Durban woman was threatened with a lighter before her employer’s son allegedly doused her feet with petrol and set her alight.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom and its three recognised unions will this week enter into do-or-die wage negotiations that will give an indication of the country’s future energy security.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Afro Voice reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) and the SA Local Government Association (Salga) are going back to the negotiating table on Thursday to try to break the deadlock over wage increases.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 June 2018.

MotsoalediCity Press reports that four factors are likely to determine the success or failure of the National Health Insurance (NHI), as the government last week released two new bills to enable its establishment.  

ramaphosa2Timeslive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that one life lost due to mining accidents was one too many‚ with companies only being concerned about profits.  

healthcareThe Sunday Times reports that, while some have welcomed the government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) legislation, legal and medical experts said many doctors would reject the planned cap on what they could charge for consultations and surgeries.  

gunNews24 reports that one police officer was shot dead, while two Fidelity guards and two bystanders were wounded during a cash-in-transit robbery in Hillbrow, Johannesburg on Thursday.  

eskomSABC News reports that wage talks at Eskom are set to resume on Wednesday, after the state-owned power utility and unions failed to reach agreement last week.  

sassaTimeslive reports that Public Service Association (PSA) has given the social development minister seven days to respond to its demands.  

JMPDNews24 reports that Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) have warned of a possible strike by Alexandra taxi operators on Monday after about 500 taxis were impounded for a range of traffic and licensing infringements.  

Solidarity2Timeslive reports that trade union Solidarity claims that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng is “playing cat and mouse” with the courts.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that, addressing the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) congress on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the health system was in a crisis.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Times writes that, on the surface with a leadership team of only 55 people overseeing more than six operations in SA, Sibanye-Stillwater's (SS’s) management seems stretched to an alarming degree.  

numeNCA reports that Joseph Montisetse is the new president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  

southafricalogoReuters reports that the Treasury said on Friday that government was considering layoffs and early retirement packages for staff in the public sector to avoid breaking its pledge to cut spending.  

nelsonmandelabayGroundUp reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan (NMBM) municipal workers called off their strike on Friday after an agreement was reached on back-pay of long-service bonuses.  

psaTimeslive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed “with caution” aspects of the proposed Medical Schemes Amendment Bill and the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill announced on Thursday.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that wage negotiations at Eskom have been delayed again after the power utility told unions on Thursday it needed more time to consider their demands.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 21 June 2018.

mosebenzizwaneBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has blamed a spike in mining accidents that have resulted in dozens of deaths on failures perpetuated by former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane.  

numBusinessLive writes that the former leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) left the organisation almost in tatters, with large amounts of debt and dwindling membership when they vacated office in 2015.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that sixty-two people have been arrested as the N3 at Van Reenen's pass was reopened on Thursday after a blockade by truck drivers on Wednesday closed the national route.  

eskomANA reports that wage negotiations between Eskom and trade unions entered their third and final day on Thursday after workers rejected the 4.7% wage offer from the embattled state-owned power utility.  

numSowetan reports that factional battles over leadership choices at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spilled out into the open at its hotly contested elective national congress that got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has finally tabled an offer to its two municipal unions in an effort to break the back of the crippling strike in the city.  But this is likely to add further strain to the massive deficit the Bay is facing.  

ambulanceANA reports that the South African Emergency Personnel’s Union (Saepu) on Thursday condemned the attack, assault and burning of an ambulance at Northam in Limpopo early on Thursday morning.  

sapsThe Star reports that officers at the Pretoria Central police station who filed various internal and criminal complaints against Captain James Henrico are frustrated about having to bump into him at work every day.  

SA ExpressBusiness Report writes that SA Express employees would get their June salaries, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said on Wednesday night.