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.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 27 November 2015.

numsaBDLive reports that labour federation Cosatu on Thursday at its national congress reaffirmed the expulsion of its formerly largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

fransbaleniBusiness Report writes that former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary Frans Baleni said on Thursday that the future looked scary in the mining industry.  

pikitupNews24 reports that a "handsome" number of striking Johannesburg Pikitup workers have returned to work, the company's management said.  

handcuffsANA reports that police in Limpopo have arrested three more suspects following a mall robbery in Polokwane on Wednesday in which a security guard was shot dead.  

denosa thumb medium60 92News24 reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA's Gauteng chairperson Simphiwe Gada has been suspended following alleged negative comments he made on radio about the Cosatu congress.  

constructionNews24 Wire reports that embattled construction firms, which lost 38% of their aggregate market capitalisation in 2015, are facing more hard times, a survey showed on Thursday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the reaction of some primary school principals in Cape Town to news that pupils would have to write the Annual National Assessment (ANA) tests from Thursday was negative.  

neneBDLive reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene emphasised on Thursday that the retirement reforms so strongly opposed by labour federation Cosatu were good ones that would help protect pensioners against old-age poverty.  

sidumodlaminieNCA reports that labour federation Cosatu’s 12th National Congress wrapped up in Midrand on Thursday with only one new face in the trade union’s top six leadership.  

parliamentEWN reported late on Thursday that there was no agreement yet to end the strike by parliamentary staff, but workers had been given a glimmer of hope.  

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Wednesday, 25 November 2015.

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reports that labour minister Mildred Oliphant has lamented the frequency of strikes in South Africa, saying they’re becoming a “fashion statement” and are being used to demonstrate popular support.  

picFin24 reports that six trade unions on Wednesday threatened to flex their muscles in the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) if Woolworths did not end its trade with Israel.  

gigaba2BDLive reports that Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday announced Cabinet’s approval of a Lesotho special permit (LSP) to regularise the stay of Lesotho nationals in SA.  

mildredoliphantBDLive writes that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant set tongues wagging on Wednesday at labour federation Cosatu’s national congress when she threatened to expose affiliates’ hypocrisy in the labour-broking debate.  

earningsFin24 reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Wednesday that the National Economic Development and Labour Council's (Nedlac's) consideration of the modalities of the introduction of a national minimum wage could be completed next year.  

gunANA reports that a mall in Polokwane was closed on Wednesday after armed robbers shot and killed a security guard near a jewellery store.  

sadtu90News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) vowed on Thursday that teachers would not administer the Annual National Assessment (ANA) at schools despite the Department of Basic Education (DBE) saying it would go ahead.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that people who work at the new head office in Braamfontein of trade union federation Cosatu often get sick because the building does not offer a healthy working environment.  

newsChannel24 reports that news channels and eNCA have indicated that filmmaker Rehad Desai was “welcome to drop off a copy at our studios” of his award winning documentary ‘Miners Shot Down’ and, if provided free, they would “gladly” broadcast it.  

pikitup thumb medium90 90Caxton News Service reports that there was a heavy police presence outside waste management company Pikitup’s headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on Wednesday afternoon on the third day of a strike.  

parliamentNews24 reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Wednesday it would continue to meet Parliament's management over the disputed bonus calculations until there was an agreement.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 25 November 2015.

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Tuesday, 24 November 2015.

ramaphosaBDLive reports that Cosatu affiliates on Tuesday backed South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the tripartite alliance from 2017.  

solidariteitTrade union Solidarity on Tuesday accused pay channel M-Net of discriminating unfairly against white people.  

ann7ANA reports that the Gupta family-owned news television channel, ANN7, was the worst employer in South Africa, according to Cosatu.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament locked out striking National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) members on Wednesday in line with its vow to avoid further disruptions to the last sittings of the year.  

solidariteitBusinessTech reports that Solidarity has published its 2015 interim Bank Charges report, listing the country’s most affordable banking accounts across the low- and middle-income sectors.