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.

saa thumb medium95 76Reuters reports that the business rescue practitioners appointed to try to turn around struggling South African Airways (SAA) said on Friday that the national airline had saved enough cash to pay January salaries.  

arcelormittalBL Premium reports that while warning of big financial losses in respect of the 2019 financial year, ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) said on Thursday that it had cut more than 1,000 jobs as part of steps to reduce costs.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has dismissed an application by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) for leave to appeal against a judgment on retrenchments at Royal Bafokeng platinum mine five years ago.  

AspenBusinessLive reports that pharmaceutical manufacturer Aspen Pharmacare has joined a growing list of SA companies retrenching staff, with plans to shed up to 219 jobs at its Port Elizabeth and East London plants as it seeks to remain globally competitive.  

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Thursday, 23 January 2020.

medicaldoctorThe Post reports that a Congolese national doctor was arrested in the Eastern Cape this week for allegedly practising without proper documentation.  

eskomFin24 reports that former Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba overruled the Eskom board's appointment of an acting CEO in 2014 because the candidate was white and it was a general election year  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Daily News reports that armed robbers posing as parents wanting to register a child at Buhlebethu Primary School in Inanda robbed teachers in the staff room and shot another while they were fleeing.  

newsThe Star writers that former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has found the perfect project to pursue as he launches his new political party.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Cape Times reports that legal representatives for SA National Defence Force (SANDF) officer Major Fatima Isaacs will be taking her headscarf matter to the Equality Court, despite the case having been withdrawn on Wednesday.  

corruptionwatchEngineering News reports that, despite its score advancing a notch in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), from 43 to 44, South Africa still ranks among countries that are deemed to have a serious corruption problem.  

uasa thumb medium70 84Business Report writes that the United Association of SA (Uasa) scored a major victory when the Labour Court ruled against Impala Platinum (Implats) in respect of an unlawful deduction of workers' leave days during the five-month platinum belt strike in 2014.  

SolidarityBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity has called on the government to step in to avert the possible axing of more than 3,000 employees at Samancor Chrome.  

cosatuThe Star reports that the government’s plan to restructure state-owned entities (SOEs) could be met with resistance by trade unions.  

eskomFinancial Mail reports that labour analyst Mamokgethi Molopyane says the new CEO of Eskom, André de Ruyter, is stepping into a minefield and, while organised labour has been subdued in recent months as the operational crisis at the utility escalated, as tough reform looms it is likely to spring into action.  

OldMutualBL Premium reports that Old Mutual is confident that any further legal challenges from its ousted CEO Peter Moyo won’t derail its attempts to appoint a new leader and put the eight-month dispute behind it.  

ancBL Premium reports that the government, backed by the ANC, has chosen to restructure SAA and retain it as a national airline.  

cwu thumb medium90 95BusinessLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has lashed out at the ANC, characterising the governing party as a “pig that eats its own children”, for its silence over Telkom’s job cut plans.  

cosatuNews24 reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Free State has condemned employers for allegedly forcing their workers to report for duty in the volatile Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality in QwaQwa.  

telkom thumb100 Engineering News reports that telecommunications group Telkom on Wednesday kicked off a consultation process with organised labour that could see up to 3,000 workers retrenched.  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has withdrawn charges against Muslim major Fatima Isaacs who refused to remove her headscarf.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the Transnet board says there is no conflict between itself and public enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan in regard to the appointment of a new CEO.  

eskomBL Premium writes that Eskom’s new CEO André de Ruyter has nailed his colours to the mast of improving the power utility’s operational performance in the short term and expects to present a plan to its board by the end of January.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that in line with expectations, the consumer price index (CPI) ticked up to 4% in December, partly due to food and fuel price increases.  

ambulanceCape Times reports that more paramedics have been left traumatised after two more attacks on them while they were helping patients.  

SolidarityBusiness Report writes that trade unions have called on the government to urgently review its economic policies amid a jobs bloodbath that has seen mining and manufacturing companies announce plans to retrench over 5,000 employees.  

RichardsBayMineralsBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday that President Cyril Ramaphosa and minerals & energy minister Gwede Mantashe should directly intervene and defuse ongoing tensions and violence at the beleaguered Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) mine.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Business Insider SA reports that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is looking for a thousand new recruits to join its ranks in the navy, army or air force.  

necsa1Fin24 reports that the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) acknowledged on Monday that its ability to pay salaries to employees at the end of January was at doubt.  

saa thumb medium95 76Traveller24 reports that with Treasury struggling to raise the necessary funds to keep South African Airways (SAA) aloft, travellers were being advised on Tuesday that as many as 19 SAA flights have been removed from the Airline Global Distribution Systems.