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.

parliamentBusinessLive reports that a numbering error in the National Minimum Wage Act has bungled a clause that protects workers from employers who intend to circumvent the new law.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 13 December 2018.

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has retaliated against Sibanye-Stillwater, saying that the miner had resorted to further "underhanded tactics" in an effort to discredit the legal and protected status of the union’s strike at the producer’s gold operations.  

saa thumb medium95 76Business Report writes that the South African Airways Pilots’ Association (Saapa) has reiterated its commitment to the national airline and its support of chief executive Vuyani Jarana’s efforts to turn the state-owned airline around.  

SARSNews24 reports that axed SA Revenue Services (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane faces a growing legal bill as he heads to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) again.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that trade union federation Cosatu has cast doubt over the optimism about the job creation potential of legal cannabis.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has extended the wage agreement entered into with three unions to all employees, effectively rendering the three-week-long strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members unprotected.  

psaPretoria News reports that the ongoing investigation into the state of the Department of Health’s Civitas headquarters has found 29 non-compliant floors and a building that is literally falling apart.  

nehawu80The Star reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has called on the ANC to expand the removal of those implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank looting scandal to all provinces, and to ban them from the party’s political activities.  

ancSowetanLive reports that the internal enquiry of ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe and his former personal assistant (PA) got under way on Wednesday, with the victim’s boyfriend by her side to give her support.  

southafricalogoSowetanLive reports that the government is reviewing its recruitment regulations for entry-level posts in the public service to allow for the hiring of new employees without prior experience.  

earningsIn a useful report, GroundUp presents a number of pertinent questions and the answers thereto in respect of the National Mining Wage (NMW).  

newsGroundUp reports that seventeen employees of the Fort Napier Medico Legal Mortuary in Pietermaritzburg, who were arrested on Monday, were released with a strong warning on Tuesday.  

goldfieldsFin24 reports that Gold Fields is to cautiously resume operations at its South Deep mine on Thursday after the National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM) head office called off a strike of nearly six weeks against retrenchments.  

numsaANA reports that Comair Limited said on Wednesday a strike planned by ground staff affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) could not go ahead legally as the CCMA was unable to hear the dispute between the parties until January 2019.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 12 December 2018.

numsaBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has turned the tables on employers in the strike-hit plastics sector, claiming they were responsible for “psychological violence” inflicted on workers.  

mycitiEWN reports that police have said that each MyCiTi bus attack is being investigated as a separate incident and that no link has been determined.  

limpopo thumb100 SowetanLive reports that Limpopo ANC deputy chairperson Florence Radzilani jumped before she could be pushed by resigning as the mayor of the Vhembe district on Tuesday.  

strike thumb medium85 85BL PREMIUM writes that while SA trade unions have been crying foul over the workers’ right to strike being attacked by the bosses, they might have done a better job at undermining this fundamental constitutional right on their own.  

MantasheMining Weekly reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe stressed on Wednesday that the key factor in the future of SA mining was the human element.  

sassaTimesLive reports that the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) in KwaZulu-Natal has welcomed the sentencing of five of its officials to a total of 37 years behind bars for processing fraudulent social grants amounting to R750,000.  

strike thumb medium85 85Ciaran Ryan writes that the plastic converters industry strike by 33 000 workers, now in its ninth week, is turning out to be one of the most violent in years.  

SARSFin24 reports that axed SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane will again turn to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) and will appeal the North Gauteng High Court’s dismissal of his application to overturn his sacking.  

minerBusinessLive reports that as mining and manufacturing kicked off the fourth quarter with stronger-than-expected growth, data from Statistics SA showed that both sectors bled jobs in the third quarter.  

ramaphosa2News24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the arrest of local government officials who "put personal greed ahead of the interest of our people".  He was addressing the SA Local Government Association's (Salga’s) national members’ assembly in Durban.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater on Tuesday said the situation at its Beatrix gold operations, in the Free State, were tense.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer inflation accelerated slightly to 5.2% in November from 5.1% in October due to higher food prices and a spike in the price of diesel.  

Stats SAANA reports that employment in SA’s formal non-agricultural sector fell by 0.2%, or 16,000 jobs, to 9.733 million in the third quarter compared with the previous three months.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that a bus was escorted to the Sandton police station on Monday after the 105 occupants, alleged to be striking workers, were arrested on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property.