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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 -Wednesday 22 October 2014, 09:43

Tongaat mall collapse inquiry resumes on Wednesday

southafricalogoThe Department of Labour commission of inquiry into the Tongaat mall collapse in KwaZulu-Natal at the end of last year resumes on Wednesday.  

With CWU’s response to wage offer still awaited, about 65% of postal staff back at work

postoffice thumb100 The New Age reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) said on Tuesday that about 65% of its staff returned to mail sorting centres around Gauteng yesterday.  

CCMA denies infighting between director and chairman

ccmaThe Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Tuesday denied there were tensions within its ranks as indicated in recent press reports.  

SANDF warns of scam by bogus recruitment agency

sandf thumb medium90 89The SA National Defence Force warned on Tuesday against a bogus recruitment company for soldiers.  

Three Post Office workers attacked in Krugersdorp

Three SA Post Office (Sapo) workers were injured in Krugersdorp when they were attacked on Tuesday, Gauteng police said.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Tuesday, 21 October 2014

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Monday, 20 October 2014.

Gauteng hospitals' high staff vacancy rate a worry, says DA

healthcareSABC News reports that the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Jack Bloom says Gauteng hospitals are experiencing a very serious shortage of medical personnel, particularly skilled personnel, and that the high staff vacancy rate is a major contributing factor for poor service in Gauteng hospitals.  

Postal workers mull revised pay offer

postoffice thumb100 The New Age reports that a protracted strike by postal workers may be brought to an end today if the Communication Workers Union (CWU) accepts a revised offer for its members to return to work.  

Wesizwe reports first fatality at Bakubung platinum mine site

Mining Weekly Online reports that work on the shaft sinking operations on the main and ventilation shafts at the Bakubung platinum mine site, in Rustenburg, was suspended after Wesizwe on Monday reported its first fatality.  

NUM strikes at Glencore's Koornfontein mine in Mpumalanga

numNational Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members at the Gloria shaft of Glencore's Koornfontein mine in Mpumalanga have gone on strike, the union reported on Monday.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Monday, 20 October 2014

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared over the weekend
and early morning on Monday, 20 October 2014.

Half of Setas have been investigated for financial mismanagement, fraud and corruption

City Press reports that half of SA’s Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) have been forensically investigated amid claims of financial mismanagement, fraud and corruption, and some are under administration or are facing administration.  Meantime, the Setas received R37 billion over the past three years from companies, which contribute 1% of their total payroll to the skills levy that is used to run Setas.  

New metals union to hasten Numsa’s expulsion from Cosatu, while Vavi to survive ‘purge’

numsaThe New Age writes that the formation and successes of a new and pro-ANC union in the metal industry is likely to hasten the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) from labour federation Cosatu this week.  

NUM says no to Mantashe’s idea of a merger with Amcu

numThe New Age reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has dismissed talk of merging with its rival mining union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

Cosatu’s objections delay retirement reforms until at least 2017

retirementBusiness Times reports that retirement tax reforms meant to kick in from March next year have been delayed, after organised labour struck a behind-closed-doors deal with the Treasury last weekend.  But, this delay has exasperated the pension industry, which says it thwarts efforts to get South Africans to save more for retirement and is unnecessary as only a small number of the changes bother trade unions.  

Vavi and Numsa back in the line of fire at Cosatu

cosatuBusiness Day writes that disciplinary action against Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the suspension of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) are back on the table at the labour federation’s three-day special central executive meeting that commenced on Tuesday.  

Ivanhoe to cut jobs as it awaits DMR approval for new Limpopo platinum mine

Bloomberg News reports that Ivanhoe Mines’ South African unit, waiting for government approval for a new platinum mine, is preparing to lay off 325 workers meant to work at the site after keeping them on standby with full pay for more than four months.  

NUM signs three-year wage agreement with diamond producer De Beers

numThe National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has signed a three-year wage agreement with De Beers after tough negotiations, the union indicated on Tuesday.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Tuesday, 21 October 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the internet on Tuesday, 21 October 2014.

Deal to end Post Office strike is off for now

postoffice thumb100 Terry Bell reports that a grassroots rebellion by Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) members outside the Western Cape region has apparently stalled a deal brokered by Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele to end the SA Post Office (Sapo) strike.  

‘E-tolls firm cuts temporary staff’

Business Report writes that on Thursday Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said the e-tolling system was facing a crisis because many workers were being retrenched by the SA National Roads agency (Sanral) and the agencies and labour brokers it used, but the company that runs the e-toll-collection process, Electronic Toll Collection (ETC), said yesterday the only employees they were letting go were temporary subcontracting staff.  

Technical problem delays Gautrain on Tuesday

gautrainThe Gautrain was running late on Tuesday after experiencing technical problems and, although there was a service announcement saying there were delays, no reasons for the delays were given.  

Amending legislation not sufficient to ease strike violence: Seifsa

seifsaEngineering News writes that, violence and intimidation during times of employee strike action has become commonplace, but altering SA's legislation was unlikely to end the aggressive stance taken by disgruntled workers, according to Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) industrial relations executive Gordon Angus.  

Factional battles will lead to Cosatu’s collapse, says Vavi

cosatuBDLive reports that, speaking shop stewards council in the North West over the weekend, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi used his last public platform ahead of a crunch meeting of the federation’s top brass to warn union bosses that putting factional interests first would lead to the collapse of the labour federation and, ultimately, the demise of its ally, the ANC.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Monday, 20 October 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the internet on Monday, 20 October 2014.

ANC and Samwu in war of words over dysfunctional municipalities

samwu thumb medium80 78Sunday Independent writes that the war of words between the ANC and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) looks set to intensify as government gets serious about clamping down on poor-performing municipalities.  

Nene needs a plan for Eskom – and an iron fist on wage increases

neneBusiness Times writes that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene faces a baptism of fire when he unveils his first budget update this week as flagging growth and ballooning budget deficits take a toll on government finances, threatening to undermine SA’s international credit ratings.  

Cellular companies retrenching hundreds of employees

ict thumb medium85 101Business Day reports that MTN SA, which embarked on a cost-reduction programme in August following its poor financial performance, said last week that over 240 managers have taken voluntary retrenchment packages.  

Striking Post Office workers meet today to weight new offer

postoffice thumb100 Sowetan reports that, following a revised offer by the SA Post Office (Sapo) on Friday, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is scheduled today to hold consultation meetings with its members in regions and provinces to decide whether the strike at the parastatal should continue or come to an end.  

GEPF principal officer could face the chop this week

gepfSunday Independent reports that the controversy around suspended Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) executive principal officer John Oliphant, who has been implicated in a tender irregularly inflated by R20 million, will come to an end on Friday when a specially convened board meeting will finally decide whether he should be dismissed.  

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