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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 -Friday 31 October 2014, 12:02

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Friday, 31 October 2014

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Thursday, 30 October 2014.

Some Ellerines’ furniture divisions being sold off to save jobs

ellerinesBusiness Report writes that the sale of some furniture divisions under the troubled Ellerine Holdings is under way, with Dial-a-Bed being the first on the list.  

Two SA soldiers wounded in ambush in Sudan

sandf thumb medium90 89Two SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers deployed as part of a UN/African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan have been wounded in an ambush near their base, the SANDF said on Thursday.  

ARM and three unions conclude five-year employee participation fund

armMining Weekly Online reports that Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and three unions this week settled drawn-out negotiations over an employee participation fund (EPF).  

Amcu strike at Lace diamond mine drives up productivity

amcu thumb medium80 81Business Day reports that productivity at DiamondCorp’s new Lace mine in the Free State has nearly doubled since the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) called 160 of their members out on strike last week.  

ANC broke and may have to lay off staff

ancMail & Guardian reports that the African National Congress (ANC) is struggling to make ends meet after Parliament reduced its electoral funding by R20-million following election losses and may be forced to lay off staff.  

Fears for Umgeni Water worker missing in water tunnel

Daily News reports that an Umgeni Water employee who fell into a water tunnel on Tuesday night – apparently after the metal cover was stolen – is still missing, causing much anxiety to his colleagues and family.  

Cape Town’s MyCiTi bus drivers must return to work or face legal action

mycitiCape Times reports that MyCiTi bus drivers who embarked on an illegal strike have been given an ultimatum to return to work on Friday or face legal action.  

Maintenance workers at Steenberg golf estate strike for 10% wage increase

strike thumb medium85 85Cape Times reports that many of the maintenance workers at the Steenberg Golf Estate have downed tools in a wage dispute and have appealed to players to support them by staying away from the course and its charity event this week.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Thursday, 30 October 2014

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

Reviews of municipal IDPs underway to integrate mining towns

implatsheadgear smlThe Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) that was established to revitalise distressed mining towns has mobilised municipalities to review their Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) to pave the way for new-look mining towns.  

SA mining industry will look ‘very different’ in 20 years, says Chamber of Mines’ Baxter

headgear thumb medium80 122Mining Weekly Online reports that Chamber of Mines acting CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday that SA’s mining industry would continue to evolve over the coming decades, eventually transitioning into a mechanised, modernised and automated industry staffed by a highly skilled, well paid and lithe workforce.  

What does Numsa envisage with its United Front and how will it relate to a workers’ party?

numsaRaymond Suttner writes that from the outset it has been unclear precisely what the National Union of Mineworkers of SA (Numsa) envisages from its call for a United Front and how this relates to the establishment of a workers’ party and a movement for socialism.  

Top government officials flout rules on financial disclosure

pscBusiness Day reports that eleven directors-general of national departments, namely nearly a third of the total, failed to make declarations about their financial interests last year.  

MyCiti bus service on Cape Town’s Tableview route suspended on Thursday

mycitiNews24 reports that Cape Town’s MyCiti bus services on the Tableview route were suspended on Thursday as a wildcat strike by drivers continued.  

Don't blame Cosatu’s problems on ANC, says Mantashe

mantasheThe friction in labour federation Cosatu could not be blamed on the ANC, party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday.  

March by casual Post Office workers in Pretoria on Thursday causes traffic chaos

protestThe Star reports that traffic in Pretoria came to a standstill on Thursday afternoon as casual employees of the SA Post Office (Sapo) took to the streets and marched to the Union Buildings to deliver two memoranda of demands.  

‘Leadership battles’ could unravel Cosatu, says Vavi

vavi1Business Day reports that the paralysis resulting from chronic leadership battles within Cosatu was swiftly making the country’s largest labour federation irrelevant, its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi warned on Thursday.  

New union Mawusa which aims to take on Numsa to be registered today

Business Day reports that the Metal and Allied Workers Union of SA (Mawusa) — formed to counter the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) — is set on Friday to receive its registration and operating papers from the Department of Labour, setting the stage for fresh union battles.  

Metals strike in July delays SKA dish installations

Mail & Guardian reports that the month-long strike action in July in the metal and engineering sectors by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) was one of the reasons for the delay in the installation of dishes for the MeerKAT, the country’s 64-dish telescope and contribution to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), SKA SA director Bernie Fanaroff has reported.  

Woman who forged sick note for husband fined R2,000

healthcarePretoria News reports that a mother of four desperate to avoid her husband losing a day’s pay as the family could not afford it, issued him with a false medical certificate to give to his employer.  She has now earned herself a criminal record and has to pay a R2,000 fine.  

Post Office (Sapo) responds to CWU’s deadline with counter proposal

postoffice thumb100 The New Age reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) has submitted a counter-proposal to revised demands by the Communication Workers Union (CWU).  

Web links to labour articles posted on Thursday, 30 October 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the internet on Thursday, 30 October 2014.

Stats SA data show 22,000 jobs created between second and third quarters

stats-saA total of 22,000 jobs were created between the second and third quarters of this year, Statistics SA indicated on Thursday.  

Departure of Numsa may transform Cosatu

cosatuNatasha Marrian writes that broken and battered by two long years of infighting over issues brewing for twice as long, labour federation Cosatu faces massive changes if its largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), leaves its fold.  

Employer in dock after domestic worker mauled by pit bulls

gavel thumb100 A Pietermaritzburg man appeared in the city’s magistrate’s court on Tuesday charged with keeping ferocious dogs after five of his pit bulls mauled his domestic worker.  

Police investigate some 167 instances of Post Office-related strike violence

postoffice thumb100 Police are investigating at least 167 cases of violence related to the strike at the SA Post Office (Sapo), Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele said on Wednesday.  

Strike-hit Impala Platinum’s output down 25%, unit costs up 62%

implatsMining Weekly Online reports that strike-hit platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has produced 25.5% fewer platinum ounces in the three months to 30 September than in the corresponding period last year, while group unit costs rose 62% to R26,698/oz of platinum, compared with R16,488/oz in the same quarter of last year.  

Pension Funds Adjudicator clears complaints in-box

pfaBusiness Day reports that the office of the Pension Funds Adjudicator (PFA) has for the first time since its inception 16 years ago wiped out its backlog of complaints, mainly due to the improved working relationship between the pension funds, administrators and the PFA.  

New mall sparks jobs protest by Orange Farm residents

Orange Farm residents barricaded roads and burnt tyres demanding jobs at a new mall opened in the area, Gauteng police reported on Wednesday.  

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