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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 -Thursday 18 December 2014, 19:38

Stop divisive talk, Vavi tells SACP

vavi1Cape Times writes that Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has lambasted the SA Communist Party (SACP) for continuing to sow divisions in the labour federation, saying that the party, once the vanguard of the workers, was quickly alienating itself from its primary constituency.  

Labour Court overturns deputy commissioner Pillay's suspension from SARS

sarsMail & Guardian reports that Labour Court Judge Annelie Basson has ordered the SA Revenue Services (SARS) to reinstate suspended deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay with immediate effect, ruling that the suspension was unlawful and in breach of his employee contract.  

Tim Harris denies Cosatu’s claim that he’s a jobs-for-pals cadre

daCape Argus writes that when it was announced last week that former DA finance spokesman and MP Tim Harris would take over from Nils Flaatten in April as the new chief executive of Wesgro – the province’s destination, marketing, investment and trade promotion agency – Cosatu’s provincial secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, accused the DA of finding “jobs for pals”.  

Minimum wage debate: The old cheap labour system will get South Africa nowhere

earningsGilad Isaacs & Ben Fine provide the latest contribution in the debate in academic circles over a national minimum wage.  

Lonmin to set the Marikana record straight once Farlam commission has reported

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Brendan Ryan reports that platinum producer Lonmin intends to fight back publicly early next year against its critics over the events that took place at Marikana in 2012 once the Farlam Commission report is delivered to President Jacob Zuma.  

Debtors take application of garnishee order system to court

gavel thumb100 Fin24 reports that the University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic (LAC) and 15 individuals have approached the Cape Town High Court in an application to determine whether it is constitutionally permissible for a person’s wage or salary to be attached, without any form of judicial oversight, in order to satisfy a judgment debt.  

Arrest of bogus Pikitup workers welcomed

pikitup thumb medium90 90The acting managing director of Pikitup, Ika Magasa, has welcomed the arrest of four bogus operatives pretending to be Pikitup employees.  

Eastern Cape schools win R81m victory over reimbursement for temporary teachers

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Times Live reports that on Wednesday the Eastern Cape basic education department was ordered to pay R81-million to 90 schools that hired and paid teachers when the department failed to do so.  

Gauteng taxi commuter safety can't be guaranteed

gautengTimes Live reports that Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Wednesday that the safety of taxi commuters in Gauteng could not be guaranteed, despite a commitment by taxi associations to resolve their conflicts.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Monday, 15 December 2014.

North West premier’s initiative will see 2000 houses built in Marikana

northwestprovinceThe New Age reports that, as South Africa celebrated the Day of Reconciliation on Tuesday, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo used the public holiday to launch his reconciliation, healing and renewal programme, which will see more than 2,000 houses built in Marikana and the area also electrified.  

Malema calls on EFF members to blockade ‘BEE’ mines

effTimes Live reports that when closing the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF's) national people's assembly in Bloemfontein yesterday, party president Julius Malema called on members to "block mines" in which magnate Patrice Motsepe (African Rainbow Minerals), Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (Lonmin) and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete (Gold Fields) had interests.  

State wage talks resume in new year after unions reject inflation-based increase

southafricalogoBDLive reports that wage talks between unions representing 1.3-million public servants and the government will resume in the second week of January, after unions rejected an offer that would have seen salaries increase strictly in line with inflation over a three-year period.  

With disputes a threat to motor industry, “attitudinal shift” by all parties needed

strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that departing Volkswagen SA (VWSA) MD David Powels says employers and unions in SA’s motor industry must find better ways of settling their differences or risk the industry’s manufacturing reputation being permanently damaged.  

Give us your bottom line on wages, government tells public sector unions

southafricalogoPretoria News reports that public sector unions are getting feedback from their members on the government’s latest wage offer after talks nearly collapsed earlier this month.  

Popcru seeks info on alleged abuse at Bishop Lavis police training college

popcruThe Star reports that Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (Popcru) top brass will be in Cape Town on Thursday to get first-hand information about the state of affairs at the police Bishop Lavis Training College.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Thursday, 18 December 2014

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Municipality ordered to provide employee with documents relating to her demotion

gavel thumb100 Herald Live reports that a municipal employee has succeeded in her bid to obtain information from her employers after approaching the High Court when she was demoted for allegedly leaking confidential information to the media.  

Former Eskom employee sues power utility for R100m

eskom thumb100 BDLive reports that Eskom is facing a R100m lawsuit from its former chief information officer, Virgil Rabie, who in September launched an application against the energy parastatal for loss of future earnings, pain and suffering and legal fees after he was fired in May 2011.  

Labour Court sets aside 2011-2014 metals wage agreement: Neasa

neasaThe Labour Court in Johannesburg has set aside the 2011-2014 wage agreement in the metal and engineering industries sector, the National Employers’ Association of SA (Neasa) said on Thursday.  

Fears of vandalism leads Telkom to tell retrenched call centre staff not to come back

telkom thumb100 MyBroadband writes that, following reports that a labour dispute involving contract workers in Telkom’s call centre was looming, the company has told 480 contract call centre staff whose contracts were not renewed not to come back to work.  

‘Named and shamed’ bogus colleges leads to flood of complaints

graduate thumb100 The New Age reports that it has received a flood of complaints from students and colleges following an article in which the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) named and shamed bogus tertiary institutions.  

Cosatu vows in 2015 to put aside internal conflicts

cosatuBDLive reports that labour federation Cosatu said on Wednesday it would put aside internal conflicts in 2015, promising to continue "fearlessly exposing the exploiting bosses, corrupt politicians and incompetent officials, and winning better wages and working conditions".  

Web links to labour articles posted on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the World Wide Web on Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Numsa’s United Front still has long way to go

numsaIn its Wednesday editorial, Business Day reports that this past weekend saw the election of the interim national working committee of the United Front (UF), a "social movement of protest" initiated by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) as an umbrella to unite organisations striving for a "more equitable and socialist-orientated SA".  

As Harmony Gold invests in foreign mine, Kusasalethu layoff talks proceed

harmonyBusiness Report writes that Harmony Gold’s Golpu project in Papua New Guinea would take a chunk to fund over the next six years, chief executive Graham Briggs said, but it was a leaner and more profitable venture compared with the producer’s South African operations.  

Though company liquidations fall, they are still high

stats-saBDLive reports that according to Statistics SA a total of 1,941 companies were liquidated between January and last month, and although this was a 13% drop compared with the same period last year, the number was still high.  

Suspensions of two senior SARS employees to be challenged in Labour Court today

labourcourtsEWN reports that deputy commissioner at the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Ivan Pillay, and the body’s head of strategic planning, Peter Richer, are due to legally challenge their suspensions in the Labour Court on Monday morning.  

De Doorns child labour at R3.30 an hour probed

farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp reports that the Department of Labour is investigating allegations of child labour on a grape and mushroom farm outside De Doorns.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Monday, 15 December and Tuesday, 16 December 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the World Wide Web on Monday, 15 December and Tuesday, 16 December 2014.

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