Today's Labour News

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news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 22 October 2018.

transnetlogo thumb100 Engineering News reports that Transnet on Monday confirmed that Siyabonga Gama had been fired as the freight rail operator's chief executive officer and said it was in line with a government drive to turn around State-owned entities.  

sapsSABC News reports that, as the number of police officers killed in the line of duty continues to decline, the police ministry says the fight against police killings in the country is winnable.  

mycitiCape Argus reports that MyCiTi bus drivers were due to gather in front of the Cape Town Civic Centre on Monday morning to continue their strike.  The drivers have vowed to continue to strike until their grievances were addressed.  

employment thumb100 ANA reports that a Department of Labour (DOL) initiative which dates back to World War II is helping create jobs for handicapped people who have borne the brunt of SA’s unemployment scourge.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Daily News reports that teachers are fuming that their December holiday will be cut by half, from six to three weeks, but they will have to accept the Basic Education Department’s (DBE’s) decision.  

numsaEWN reports that employers’ organisation the Plastic Converters of SA (PCSA) has accused National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members of burning down a factory in Ladybrand in the Free State.  

graduate thumb100 Mail & Guardian reports that the Nelson Mandela University’s (NMU’s) launch of an advanced diploma in technical and vocational teaching is a direct response to and addresses the vision expressed in three national policy statements.  

SARSMail & Guardian reports that the National Transport Movement (NTM) union is in financial distress and has not paid the SA Revenue Service (Sars) or its employees’ provident fund contributions for months.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90City Press reports that trade union Solidarity has launched a high court application to force the Department of Labour (DOL) to comply with the 2017/18 equality report published by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).  

SaftuCity Press writes that the one-and-a-half-year-old SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has already run into many of the organisational problems hobbling its larger rival Cosatu.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Mining Forum of SA (MFSA) on Friday upped the ante on its call for the resignation of Thabo Mokoena as the director-general (DG) of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).  

auditorgeneralBusinessLive reports that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the auditor-general’s (AG’s) office to perform its work in some municipalities as staff members have had to face situations such as a hostage incident and threats from municipal officials.  

mboweniBusinessLive reports that finance minister Tito Mboweni has said the public sector wage bill has become a serious drain on the public purse, with R8 out of every R10 spend by government going to salaries of civil servants.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Fin24 reports that Siyabonga Gama's contract as CEO of Transnet has been terminated, the chairman of the state-owned enterprise, Dr Popo Molefe, indicated on Sunday afternoon in a WhatsApp message.  

Solidarity2Trade union Solidarity issued a press statement on Sunday indicating that several convoys organised by the Solidarity Movement would be converging on Sandton on Thursday for a protest march in support of Sasol workers.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that a court challenge to stop Sibanye-Stillwater’s R5bn takeover of Lonmin by challenging the platinum producer’s adherence to a social and labour plan (SLP) has been branded as deeply flawed and misleading by Lonmin.  

numsaANA reports that the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Friday ruled in favour of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), dismissing an urgent application by employers to interdict a strike in the plastics industry.  

prasaDaily News writes that train commuters living north of Durban will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the train service will be up and running from Monday.  

gunDaily News reports that five tow truck drivers were shot during a shooting at the Berea’s Ridge Road garage in Durban in the early hours of Saturday morning.  

gavel thumb100 Sunday Tribune writes that the families of two men who were burnt to death want justice served on their alleged killer.  

eskomEngineering News reports that Eskom nonexecutive director George Sebulela has resigned, effective immediately, chairperson Jabu Mabuza confirmed on Friday.  

headgear thumb medium80 122Mining Weekly reports that precious metals producers Harmony Gold and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) both reported fatalities on Friday.  

newsGroundUp reports that the Private Security Sector Provident Fund (PSSPF) is fighting 315 court battles against employers for failing to comply with rules and thereby putting the pensions of more than 80,000 security guards at risk.  

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that around 100 off-duty firefighters gathered at the Cape Town Civic Centre last Thursday to plead to the City to hear their grievances about a standby allowance and working conditions.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that three Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) officers were arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from a motorist in Pretoria West on Friday.  

citypowerNews24 reports that six armed men stormed a substation in Mulbarton, Johannesburg South, at the weekend, making off with equipment and personal valuables.  

newsNews24 reports that the Giyani municipality on Sunday confirmed that its chief financial officer had been fired following his alleged involvement in the VBS Mutual Bank debacle.  

transnetCity Press reports that the intense battle between Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama and the board of the state logistics company is far from over.  

mycitiEWN reports that the City of Cape Town has been granted a court interdict against MyCiTi bus drivers who have illegally gone on strike.