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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 23 May 2015, 16:36

Activists submit promotion of access to information application for release of Marikana report

marikanacommission thumb100 The Citizen reports that the South African History Archive (SAHA), in consultation with the Marikana Support Campaign (MSC) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K), has submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) request to the Presidency for the release of the Farlam Commission Report.  

Telkom jobs scam resurfaces

telkom thumb100 BusinessTech reports that Telkom has warned that a recruitment scam offering “Telkom internships” upon payment of a “booking fee” of R90 is still in operation.  

MTN takes CWU to court over picketing violations and intimidation

mtnFin24 reports that cellphone operator MTN South Africa said on Friday that it had taken the Communication Workers Union (CWU) to the Johannesburg Labour Court for allegedly blocking entrances to the company’s offices and intimidating staff.  

Paramedic strike on Friday cripples KZN health sector

ambulanceNews24 reports that hundreds of KwaZulu-Natal paramedics stayed away from work on Friday as part of an ongoing spat with health department management over back-pay.  

Impact of power constraints to feature in upcoming mining and municipal wage talks

electricitypowerlines2Financial Mail writes that, with fears of a strike by SA’s 1,3m public servants at an end, concerns are rising about wage negotiations in other sectors, with employers bracing to resist above-inflation increases and push for a more productive workforce.  

DA’s bill to hold unions liable for strike damage rejected by portfolio committee

parliamentBDLive reports that Parliament’s labour committee on Wednesday rejected a proposed draft bill that would have made trade unions partly responsible for the cost of strike-related violence and damage to property.  

NUM raises concerns over mineworkers’ safety

numANN7 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says the country's mining sector is still lagging behind in health and safety measures.  

Eskom wins 17-year legal battle against Solidarity over disputed verbal agreement

concourtThe Constitutional Court has dismissed an application for leave to appeal by trade union Solidarity in the matter of a disputed agreement with Eskom that dates back 17 years.  

Grieving firefighters drown out chief's speech at memorial service for colleagues

joburgcityNews24 reports that grieving emergency workers and firefighters showed their dissatisfaction of their work environment on Thursday when they sang loudly, drowning out the speech of Tshepo Makola, Chief of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services (EMS), at a memorial service for two of their colleagues.  

‘Drivers smell victory’ and won’t pay reduced tolls, says Vavi

vavi1RDM News Wire reports that according to Zwelinzima Vavi, government’s announcement of a new dispensation for e-tolls “is an admission that the mass campaign against e-tolls is winning and the system is collapsing‚ as thousands of motorists continue to refuse to pay.”  

Satawu claims Gauteng secretary Chris Nkosi’s comrades were behind his death

satawu thumb medium90 101eNCA reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) claims that comrades of the late Gauteng secretary Chris Nkosi were behind his death.  

Web links to a selection of labour news reports posted on Thursday, 21 May 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Thursday, 21 May 2015.

Notwithstanding public sector deal, tough municipal pay talks still lie ahead

boardroomtableTerry Bell writes that, with the public sector wage negotiations over bar the shouting, the situation regarding local government employees is still deadlocked, with a third round of talks scheduled for three days to start on Tuesday next week.  

MTN confirms guarantee of 4% pay rise every December and 13th cheque every March

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that cellphone operator MTN SA has agreed to a guaranteed annual increase for certain levels of employees, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.  

Hundreds of MTN workers strike over bonuses and salary increases

mtnRDM Newswire reports that hundreds of striking MTN workers picketed outside the company’s offices nationwide on Wednesday.  

Satawu wants 25% wage increase at road freight bargaining council

satawu thumb medium90 101The Citizen reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) says it is not prepared to budge on most of the demands it has sent to the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry in preparation for wage negotiations.  

State wage deal to cost an extra R66bn over three years

southafricalogoBloomberg News reports that Acting Public Service and Administration Minister Nkosinathi Mthethwa said on Friday that this week’s public sector wage deal will cost the government an additional R66 billion.  

Web links to a selection of labour news reports posted on Friday, 22 May 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Friday, 22 May 2015.

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Friday, 22 May 2015

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Wednesday, 20 May 2015.

Cape Chamber wants Cape Town to resign from Salga over high municipal wage rises

ccciThe Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on the City of Cape Town to resign from the SA Local Government Association (Salga) and to conduct its own wage negotiations with its staff.  

Post Office turnaround plan presented to Cabinet envisages shedding of 5,000 jobs

postoffice thumb100 RDM News Wire reports that a turnaround plan to fix the troubled SA Post Office (Sapo)‚ which is on its knees after a series of labour strikes‚ has been finalised and presented to Cabinet.  

SAPS in drive to re-enlist former cops

saps thumb100 IOL News reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) said on Thursday that it was set to recruit former officers who had left the organisation.  

Forty-two bogus universities and colleges closed down

graduate thumb100 ANN7 reports that forty-two bogus universities and colleges which offered fake and unaccredited programmes have been shut down in the past week, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) said.  

Cosatu factions ‘ignored’ ANC advice on healing internal rift

cosatu thumb medium80 102Mail & Guardian reports that the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) task team appointed to help resolve divisions in labour federation Cosatu was unsuccessful because the factions ignored the recommendations of the task team.  

‘Many newly-appointed Eastern Cape teachers not paid since January’

education blackboard thumb medium80 92RDM News Wire reports that a large number of newly-appointed teachers in the Eastern Cape have not been paid since January‚ according to the Democratic Alliance (DA).  

NUM wants 84% pay increase for entry-level gold mining workers

numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will push for an 84% rise in basic pay for entry-level gold mining workers, a near 10 percentage-point increase on previous demands.  

NUM faces R15m lawsuit for damages and loss of income in Good Hope Construction dispute

numCape Times writes that a violent labour dispute at Good Hope Construction (GHC) involving alleged kidnappings, a sjambok attack, malicious damage to property and a murder could see the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) sued for R15 million.  

Home Affairs makes applying for SA visas easy for senior executives

gigaba2BDLive reports that senior executives seeking to make visa and permit applications will no longer have to visit the usual Home Affairs branches in Johannesburg‚ after a "premium" centre was launched by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in Sandton on Wednesday.  

Web links to a selection of labour news reports posted on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Wednesday, 20 May 2015.

This was best wage deal on the table, say public servants

southafricalogoFin24 reports that the head of the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) confirmed that the government sealed an agreement with unions on Tuesday to raise public sector wages by 7% this year, thereby averting a potentially crippling strike by 1.3 million workers.  

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