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This 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. The postings for the current month are below, while those from previous months can be accessed in the Archives section.

Last Update -Friday 24 October 2014, 11:46

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Friday, 24 October 2014

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Thursday, 23 October 2014.

NUM throws spanner into Northam BEE deal

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi through the Empowerment Directorate to vehemently reject Northam Platinum’s proposed black economic empowerment (BEE) programme as it was not consulted as a base stakeholder.  

Tongaat mall businessman wants apology from Lindiwe Sisulu for false claim about funding

lindiwesisuluDurban businessman Jay Singh wants Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to apologise for the harm and negative publicity that her incorrect statement caused when she said the ill-fated Tongaat mall was partially financed by her department.  

SANDF to tackle human resources management

sandf thumb medium90 89Business Day reports that the cash-strapped SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is considering a raft of measures aimed at improving basic human resource management of its military personnel.  

Impala Platinum directors forgo pay rises for third year

implatsBloomberg News reports that Impala Platinum’s directors went without pay rises for a third year as falling prices and a five-month labour strike dragged profit at the second-largest producer of the metal to a 17-year low.  

Nene’s mini budget not in the least radical enough: Numsa

irvinjimThe 2014 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) presented by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was not radical in any way, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Thursday.  

Sactwu wants to use e.tv as political tool: Marcel Golding

City Press reports that Marcel Golding, chairperson of JSE-listed black empowerment investment company Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), claims political interference is behind his suspension from the company.  

Security tightened at Post Office outlets

postoffice thumb100 The New Age reports that security has been beefed up at SA Post Office (Sapo) outlets following increasing incidents of vandalism and intimidation in Gauteng.  

Amcu members down tools at DiamondCorp’s Lace mine

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly Online reports that workers at DiamondCorp’s Lace mine, in the Free State, downed tools on Thursday in a protest led by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) against the company’s refusal to employ two full-time salaried shop stewards.  

Government won’t repeat Marikana if people rise up, says Lindiwe Zulu

lindiwezuluPeople will rise up if there is no change in the levels of inequality, unemployment and poverty, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has said.  

NHI still a priority despite delay with publishing plans on shape and financing

healthcareBusiness Day reports that the Treasury on Wednesday insisted that National Health Insurance (NHI) remained a government priority, despite the delay in publishing policies outlining its shape and cost.  

Bonuses for Transnet pensioners dismissed as a PR exercise

transnetlogo thumb100 Bonuses amounting to hundreds of millions of rand will be paid to Transnet pensioners, the parastatal indicated on Wednesday.  

Youth employment tax incentive scheme bears fruit

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that at least 209,000 youth have been absorbed into the labour market this year under the government’s youth employment tax incentive scheme, a significant increase from the 56,000 young people announced in February.  

Man in court for violence connected to strike at Glencore’s Kroondal mine

strike thumb medium85 85A 33-year-old man arrested in connection with violence linked to the strike at Glencore’s Kroondal mine in Rustenburg appeared in the Bafokeng Magistrate's Court in Tlhabane on Wednesday, North West police said.  

CWU to march on Union buildings next week over lack of political will to end postal strike

cwu thumb medium90 95The New Age reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will march to the Union Buildings next week to back its claims of no political will to end the crippling strike at the SA Post Office (Sapo).  

Solidarity in court in bid to be consulted over new SAPS employment equity plan

solidariteit thumb medium100 77The Star reports that labour union Solidarity was at the Labour Court in Braamfontein on Thursday locking horns with the SA Police Service (SAPS) over what it termed the police’s “irrational employment equity plans.”  

Public sector unions balk at an inflation-related pay increase

southafricalogoThe Star writes that any hope of a quick and painless settlement to the public sector wage talks is unlikely, with unions warning on Thursday that they will not settle for an inflation-related increase as suggested by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.  

Amplats suffers big production losses due to strike

angloamerican fullBusiness Day reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) lost 532,000oz of platinum output due to the five-month wage strike at its Rustenburg mines, with the three-month return to steady state production accounting for 108,000oz of that.  

North West database of unemployed graduates goes live

northwestprovinceThe New Age reports that the North West finance, economy and enterprise development department has launched a database for all unemployed graduates in the province.  The database went live yesterday allowing all unemployed graduates to register.  

Scale of retrenchments being exaggerated by unions, says MTN

mtnCity Press reports that, according to MTN SA’s chief executive, Ahmad Farouk, less than half of MTN’s 850 senior managers were being consulted in the mobile telecommunications company’s retrenchment process.  

Samwu vows to embark on indefinite Cape Town strike from next Friday

samwu thumb medium80 78Cape Times reports that municipal services in Cape Town could be hit hard from next Friday when thousands of SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members launch an indefinite strike over a six-month-old dispute.  

Cosatu decision on possible Numsa expulsion deferred until 7 November

numsaLabour federation Cosatu did not vote on its affiliate the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) being expelled from the organisation, a spokesman said on Thursday.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Thursday, 23 October 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the internet on Thursday, 23 October 2014.

Rea Vaya bus drivers on strike

reavayaRea Vaya bus drivers were on strike, the City of Johannesburg reported on Thursday.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Thursday, 23 October 2014

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

Productivity back on agenda of mining worldwide

headgear thumb medium80 122Business Day writes that productivity on mines around the world took a back seat during the commodities boom, as companies chased production, but now that markets have cooled, productivity and its decline are back as a key concern for CEOs.  

National and provincial departments not abiding by recruitment policy: PSC report

pscBusiness Day reports that most of SA’s national and provincial departments are not following national procedure in the appointment of many senior managers, a report from the Public Service Commission (PSC) shows.  

ANC not in favour of Numsa expulsion: Ramaphosa

ramaphosaThe ruling party was not in favour of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) being expelled from labour federation Cosatu, deputy ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.  

Civil lawsuit by Marikana widows on the cards

marikanacommission thumb100 The New Age writes that a civil lawsuit against the government by the widows of slain Marikana miners is on the cards and will be processed as soon as the commission investigating their deaths had been concluded.  

Huge job losses being experienced in ICT sector: Solidarity

solidariteit thumb medium100 77The ongoing restructuring in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry was putting employees under immense pressure, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday.  

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