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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 -Saturday 29 August 2015, 10:04

Web links to a selection of labour news reports posted on Friday, 28 August 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Friday, 28 August 2015.

With 290 000 jobs at risk, will government pull steel sector out of the fire?

newsFinancial Mail writes that SA’s big steel producers are in deep trouble and events are overtaking their ability to save a key but rapidly disintegrating sector.  

Joburg City dismisses firefighters’ claims of poor working conditions

ems joburgThe Star reports that the City of Johannesburg has dismissed claims by disgruntled firefighters of substandard working conditions and also that its emergency services are in dire need of vital equipment and related resources.  

Ten East Rand police officers charged with murder, torture

sapsNews24 reports that ten policemen appeared in the Tembisa Magistrates court on charges of murder and torture on Thursday following the death of a man they were questioning for theft, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said.  

Police probe claim illegal miners are trapped in disused Benoni shaft after explosion

sapsThe Star reports that police are investigating whether there is any truth to a claim that about 17 illegal miners are trapped in a disused mineshaft after an explosion underground in Benoni.  

Csaawu needs to raise R250,000 or face closure next month

farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp reports that the Commercial Stevedoring Agricultural & Allied Workers’ Union (Csaawu) has been going door-to-door on farms between Robertson and Ladysmith this week in a bid to raise enough money to keep its doors open.  

Only 23 out of 110 posts filled at Tshwane local municipality electrical depot

tshwane thumb100 News24 reports that there is a severe shortage of staff at the Nokeng Tsa Taemane local municipality's electrical depot in Tshwane, with only 23 out 110 vacant posts filled.  

Web links to a selection of labour news reports posted on Thursday, 27 August 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Thursday, 27 August 2015.

Survey finds take-home pay and also pensions have increased faster than inflation

newsFin24 reports that salary earners are better off despite higher personal income tax rates and higher medical insurance deductions, the BankservAfrica Disposable Salary Index (BDSI) showed on Wednesday.  

‘SA trade unions need to be united to push their interests’

newsDaily News reports that at a panel discussion in Durban on Tuesday night union leaders expressed the view that trade unions were still relevant for workers in the country and they needed to be united to push their interests.  

Salga pleased municipal wage negotiations successfully concluded with no strike action

salgaRDM News Wire reports that the SA Local Government Association (Salga) said on Wednesday it had successfully concluded the salary negotiations with trade unions in the local government sector‚ and that "strike action and its destabilising effects have been averted".  

Justice ministry workers threaten strike over ‘abuse’ by supply chain chief director

nehawu80Sowetan reports that Justice Department employees have threatened to down tools if one of the department’s managers is not removed from his position.  

New deal due to be signed on Monday aims to stem mine job cuts

implatsheadgear smlBDLive reports that crisis talks in the mining sector have yielded a commitment on new measures to save jobs and help make the industry more sustainable in the long term.  

Vavi calls on mining unions to rally behind silicosis sufferers in case against gold producers

vavi1EWN reports that the former general secretary of labour federation Cosatu, Zwelinzima Vavi, has called on all of South Africa’s mining unions to rally behind a class action civil claim against gold mining companies whose employees have contracted silicosis.  

Union queries if presence of NIA spooks at SABC’s Durban office means staff are being spied on

sabcNews24 reports that the Broadcast Electronic Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) has lifted the lid on what it describes as suspicious activity by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) at the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s Durban office.  

Midday roundup of labour news on Friday, 28 August 2015

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Thursday, 27 August 2015.

National minimum wage: A delicate balance

earningsFinancial Mail writes that Nedlac has kept a tight lid on talks over the proposed national minimum wage (NMW), but cracks are beginning to show as leading researchers (never mind the political actors) bump heads over the right way to approach the problem.  

National Transport Movement (NTM) guns for Prasa and unlucky Montana

newsSowetan reports that the National Transport Movement (NTM) has opened criminal cases against the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and its former CEO Lucky Montana.  

Lonmin sheds 1,400 jobs as cost-cutting programme gets under way

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Mining Weekly Online reports that, after last month announcing a programme of shaft closures and workforce reductions, platinum producer Lonmin said on Thursday that 1,400 employees have already left the business.  

KZN school principal hacked to death after threats she should resign

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that the principal of Villa Maria School in Bishopstowe near Pietermaritzburg was hacked to death in Table Mountain Road on Wednesday.  Nokuthula Magwanyana had left the school and was travelling home to Pietermaritzburg at about 4pm when she was attacked.  A police source said it was believed that Magwanyana was forced off the road by a group of men who had allegedly been threatening her and calling on her to resign as principal.  She suffered at least eight deep wounds to her neck, back and face.  The source said Magwanyana had recently opened a case of intimidation at the Bishopstowe police station, and speculated that this could be linked to her murder.  It is alleged that Magwanyana was told she would be killed if she did not resign.  An unnamed teacher at the school said that a small contingent of staff and parents were unhappy after Magwanyana’s appointment as principal in 2013.  

Magwanyana was an HOD before she applied for and was awarded the position of principal.  KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesman Sihle Mlotshwa said they were “shocked and disturbed that one of their own had been killed in such a brutal and barbaric manner”.

  • This report by Sherlissa Peters is at Daily News
  • Read too, Family of slain KZN principal devastated, at News24


Get other news reports at the SA Labour News home page

Department of Labour hosts workshop on new driven machinery regulations

southafricalogoThe Department of Labour’s Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Directorate on Thursday launched the new Driven Machinery Regulations (DMR) with a workshop aimed at ensuring that stakeholders know about the changes made to the regulations and to ensure compliance.  

Road freight strike by Satawu truckers looms

satawu thumb medium90 101The New Age reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) says truck drivers are heading for a strike if an agreement with the trucking industry is not reached.  

Midday roundup of labour news on Thursday, 27 August 2015

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Wednesday, 26 August 2015.

Study shows earnings of about R4,000 needed to lift workers out of poverty

earningsBDLive reports that new research from a group at the University of the Witwatersrand indicates that to lift wage earners and their families out of poverty, earnings would need to reach around the R4,000 a month level.  

Solidarity proceeds with investigation into NWU group life insurance tender process

solidariteitOFM News reports that trade union Solidarity says it will continue to question the transparency of a tender process for the administration of group life insurance for staff members at the North West University.  

Ferrochrome maker IFM in business rescue, blames outages and labour


ifmBDLive
reports that International Ferro Metals (IFM), a London-listed ferrochrome producer in SA, has gone into business rescue, citing Eskom’s expensive and irregular electricity supply, "militant union activity" and state-ordered safety stoppages of its furnaces for compounding the negative effect of the weak ferrochrome price.  

SAPS recruitment in KZN: thousands apply

saps thumb100 The Mercury reports that on Tuesday thousands of young people packed Currie’s Fountain in Durban hoping to be selected to join the police force.  

Web links to a selection of labour news reports posted on Wednesday, 26 August 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Wednesday, 26 August 2015.

Telkom vows to end massive exit payouts for executives

telkom thumb100 TechCentral reports that telecoms firm Telkom will not again structure a contract with an exit package as generous as the one paid to former chief financial officer Jacques Schindehütte, board chairman Jabu Mabuza has vowed.  

Municipal wage talks a success following intervention of facilitator

samwu thumb medium80 78The Citizen reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) signed a three-year wage agreement with the SA Local Government Association (Salga) on Tuesday.  

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