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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 01 August 2015, 09:10

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Friday, 31 July 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, 30 July 2015.

Steelpoort action over mine jobs shows economic logic of violent protests

ramatlhodiCommentator Setumo Stone writes about Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi rushed visit to Steelpoort in Limpopo last week to defuse the violent protests taking place on the R555 highway over jobs for locals at the local mines and the state of the road.  

Lack of skills, capacity in municipalities hinders water delivery in SA

newsRDM Newswire reports that chief engineer in the Department of Water and Sanitation, Allestair Wensley, said on Wednesday at the Southern African Development Community National Water Week-SA workshop that a lack of skills and capacity among municipalities was at the heart of poor water service delivery.  

Some 2,300 employees to leave Telkom on Friday

telkom thumb100 Fin24 reports that over 2,300 Telkom employees have accepted voluntary severance packages, with most of these workers set to face their last day at the telecoms company on Friday.  

Sibanye believes a gold wage strike is unlikely

goldbarsBusiness Report writes that Sibanye Gold chief executive Neal Froneman said yesterday that, with the mining industry facing a myriad of challenges, employees were reluctant to embark on a strike.  

220 000 Cosatu members could strike in Western Cape over train service

cosatuFin24 reports that labour federation Cosatu will embark on strike action in the Western Cape in August if its Section 77 application to Nedlac related to commuter rail services is not dealt with urgently, it said on Thursday.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Thursday, 30 July 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, 29 July 2015.

Northam agrees 13% wage increase at Zondereinde platinum mine

northamDavid McKay reports that Northam Platinum has agreed a three-year wage deal with employees at its Zondereinde mine in which entry-level underground workers will receive a 13% increase on basic pay and allowances this year.  

SA’s new visa rules led to drop in visitors, says tourism minister

capetown thumb100 Reuters reports that Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday that South Africa’s new visa regulations have led to a "worrying drop" in foreign visitors and a new approach may be needed.  

Labour DG to testify in parliamentary hearing into Nedlac credit card abuse case

parliamentBDLive reports that Department of Labour director-general Thobile Lamati will be called to testify in the parliamentary hearing into a forensic audit report that found Herbert Mkhize had ripped off Nedlac by more than R1m.  

I waited six months to be paid, says Port Elizabeth teacher

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 writes that some teachers in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas are finding it hard to survive because they don't get paid for several months on end, one teacher claimed.  

Vavi demands to know who killed miners in Marikana

vavi1EWN reports that former Congress South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says that if Riah Phiyega is not responsible for what happened in Marikana, then the country must be told who ordered live ammunition and mortuary vans before the day of the shooting on 16 August 2012.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Wednesday, 29 July 2015

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Tuesday, 28 July 2015.

Transport union Satawu wants transport minister Peters and Prasa chairman Molefe sacked

satawu thumb medium90 101SABC News reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) and the SA Commuters Organisation have called on President Jacob Zuma to recall Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, and to sack the chairperson of the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), Popo Molefe.  

Thursday is D-day for gold mining wage negotiations

goldbarsNetwerk24 reports that Thursday is D-day for the gold mining sector as the Chamber of Mines is due on that day to present its final increase proposal to the trade unions involved in the wage negotiations.  

Telkom defends paying suspended CFO Schindehütte R18.8m

earningsITWeb reports that Telkom has defended paying suspended former CFO Jacques Schindehütte almost R18.8 million in the past financial year, saying the payments "were in line with the employment contract he had agreed to with Telkom".  

ANC warns Cosatu on spiralling wage hikes

ancANA reports that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has warned its labour partner, Cosatu, that spiralling salaries were becoming unaffordable for both the private sector and government.  

Assets of Gauteng Lions on the line over dismissal and sexual harassment lawsuit

gavel thumb100 The Star reports that on Thursday three sheriffs descended upon the premises in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, of the Gauteng Lions Rugby Union and eyed the plethora of property that could be attached after the union failed to abide by a recent labour court order.  

Ousted labour registrar Johan Crouse takes labour department to court

labourcourtsBDLive reports that ousted labour registrar Johan Crouse has filed papers challenging his removal by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.  

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani takes on ANC’s Mantashe over job cuts

cutifani thumb medium90 94BDLive reports that Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani on Thursday took issue with ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s criticism of the mining industry cutting thousands of jobs, urging that labour inflexibility be tackled.  

Gold producers table their final offers for a three-year wage deal

goldbarsMining Weekly Online reports that gold producers AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), Evander Gold Mines, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold have tabled their final offers to representative unions for a three-year wage deal.  

Cope lays qualification fraud charge against former SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala

graduate thumb100 News24 reports that the Congress of the People (Cope) has laid a charge of fraud against former SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala for allegedly lying about her qualifications.  

Cosatu, Fedusa and DA in jobs focus

employment thumb100 BDLive reports that looming job cuts in key industries across the economy are prompting moves by organised labour and the official opposition to place job-creation strategies back on the national agenda, despite positive employment data released on Wednesday.  

Unseemly Ceppwawu squabbles bring whole labour relations regime into disrepute

ceppwawuBusiness Report writes that a faction of the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) claims it has seen letters from the Department of Labour which instructed the sidelined departmental registrar of labour to abandon plans to put the beleaguered union under administration.  

Former Prasa 'engineer' charged with qualifications fraud

gavel thumb100 Fin24 reports that the former head of engineering services at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), Daniel Mthimkhulu, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's court on Wednesday on a charge of fraud and uttering relating to his qualification, the National Prosecuting Authority in Gauteng said.  

Western Cape seeks funding to fill gap created by public sector wage increases

westerncape thumb medium80 80BDLive reports that the Western Cape government will enter into discussions with the Treasury this week in a bid to secure more funding to cover the budget shortfall created by the public sector wage increases.  

Temporary relief as jobless rate falls to 26.4%

statssaBDLive reports that the unemployment rate came down slightly in the second quarter as jobs were created, but the drop was also due to large numbers of job seekers who were discouraged from looking for work.  

‘We require real leadership in the mining sector’

headgear thumb medium80 122Author and commentator Adriaan Groenewald writes that a shift in attitude in the current wage negotiations in the gold mining sector is essential to achieve industrial unity and a lasting solution.  

‘We are heading for a jobs bloodbath’, says economist Mike Schüssler

implatsheadgear smlBloomberg News writes that South Africa is bleeding jobs as falling commodity prices and increasing wage demands force mining companies to cut back on staff.  

Three-year wage agreement reached at civil engineering bargaining council

handshake thumb medium90 90Engineering News reports that a three-year wage agreement between the  Building, Construction and Allied Workers Union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the SA Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors has been reached at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI).  

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