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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 -Thursday 26 February 2015, 20:22

Cosatu labels MyCiTi bus roll out ‘racist’ and substandard in some areas

mycitiEWN reports that an Equality Court application, which claims the roll-out of the MyCiTi bus service in Cape Town discriminates against poor communities, has been postponed to next month.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Thursday, 26 February 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, 25 February 2015.

Treasury stays firm on Gauteng e-toll system, but monthly fee ceilings to be revised

sanral thumb100 Donwald Pressly reports that the National Treasury made it clear in the National Budget on Wednesday that the government will not consider scrapping the controversial e-tolls in Gauteng, and has not considered using part of the road levy to subsidise the system.  

Telkom faces ‘five pressing questions’ from Solidarity over restructuring

solidariteit thumb medium100 77Business Tech writes that Solidarity indicated on Wednesday that at a meeting later that day it would be asking Telkom management to front up on several controversial issues relating to its restructuring process, which the trade union says, could affect up to 10,000 employees.  

More arrests imminent in KZN teachers’ qualifications fraud saga

kznlogo thumb100 SABC News reports that an extensive investigation instituted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has uncovered widespread fraud being committed by teachers who submit fraudulent matric and tertiary qualifications.  

DMR to spend R4.1-billion in compliance crackdown at mines

headgear thumb medium80 122Mining Weekly Online that in clamping down on noncompliant mining companies, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) plans to spend some R4.1-billion, or 81.4% of its total budget, on enforcing compliance with legislation and promoting sustainable resource use and management over the current medium-term expenditure framework.  

After deadlock on Wednesday, CWU vows to continue fighting Telkom retrenchments

cwu thumb medium90 95EWN reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it will continue to fight against Telkom's plans to retrench its members after a meeting on Wednesday with management deadlocked.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Wednesday, 25 February 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Wednesday, 25 February 2015.

Labour Court halts Telkom's planned retrenchments

telkom thumb100 Telkom's planned retrenchment of 105 workers was halted by the Johannesburg Labour Court on Wednesday, the Information Communication Technology Union (ICTU) said.  The union had brought an urgent application against the telecommunications service provider.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Wednesday, 25 February 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, 24 February 2015.

Recognition agreements bind Amcu to centralised gold wage talks

amcu thumb medium80 81David McKay writes that one of the lesser known aspects of gold industry recognition agreements signed by mining companies with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) last year was that they committed the union to centralised bargaining when wage negotiations rolled around.  

Policeman killed in dramatic Western Cape shoot-out on Tuesday

saps thumb100 A policeman and the man who allegedly shot him were both killed in an informal settlement in Sir Lowry's Pass near Cape Town on Tuesday afternoon, Western Cape police reported.  

Bogus college in Johannesburg exposed for offering fake qualifications

graduate thumb100 SABC News reports that a bogus institution operating in the Johannesburg CBD has been exposed for taking money from unsuspecting students and offering worthless qualifications in return.  

United Front, led by Numsa’s Karl Cloete, to march on Parliament over Budget

unitedfrontThe New Age reports that the United Front (UF) is set to march to Parliament today where Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is set to deliver his 2015/16 national budget speech.  

Gold mining chiefs to push for ‘productivity link’ in wage talks

boardroomtableBloomberg News writes that gold majors AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold and Harmony Gold say productivity must be included in the wage negotiations with employees due to begin in about April.  

Telkom says union ‘misrepresented’ court order and restructuring has not been halted

telkom thumb100 Fin24 reports that Telkom says the Information Communication and Technology Union (ICTU) has “chosen to completely misrepresent the facts” regarding a Labour Court order.  

Implats aims for smaller Rustenburg operation

implatsFin24 reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) said on Thursday it aimed to modernise its Rustenburg mines, the epicentre of often violent labour unrest in recent years, into "smaller, more concentrated mining" operations.  

Incentives yielding results, creating jobs, says National Treasury

employment thumb100 Engineering News Online reports that the National Treasury said on Wednesday that incentives and other economic interventions have collectively led to the creation of more than a-million jobs in the past year.  

Treasury to conduct comprehensive review in 2015 of public sector salaries

earningsEngineering News Online reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has committed that National Treasury will undertake a comprehensive assessment of the public sector wage bill this year after a 2014 study found that most public sector workers were in the top 30% of national wage earners.  

DA admits to Western Cape’s job creation failings

westerncape thumb medium80 80Cape Times reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has admitted that job creation in the Western Cape is not happening fast enough, after the African National Congress (ANC) produced evidence to show unemployment in the province has worsened under the DA’s rule.  

Public service wage bill a ‘concerning matter’ for the finance minister

neneCarol Paton writes that SA is saddled with a problematically high wage bill for public servants, most of whom are in the top 30% of wage earners nationally, according to the budget review.  

Increased tax will affect economy: Uasa

uasa thumb medium70 84Increasing income tax for individuals will have a negative effect on economic growth, the United Association of SA (Uasa) said on Wednesday in reaction to Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s 2015/16 national budget speech in Parliament.  

State hopes to reach ‘fair, sustainable’ public-sector wage deal

southafricalogoBDLive reports that Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile has said that the government hopes to reach a fair, sustainable public-sector wage agreement that protects the purchasing power of public servants.  

SA Rugby still set on 50% black target

saruHerald Live reports that the South African Rugby Union (Saru) has vowed to continue its pursuit of a 50% black player target in the Springbok team by 2019.  

Nurses at KwaDukuza hospital charged after deaths of patients

kznlogo thumb100 SABC News reports that four nurses have been charged at the KwaDukuza Provincial Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal after the deaths of patients.  

Nene urged to make commitment to fiscal discipline and keep wage hikes below inflation

neneBusiness Day writes that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will need to demonstrate a real commitment to fiscal discipline and announce a new strategic vision for economic growth in his budget announcement on Wednesday if he is to instil confidence in investors and credit rating agencies, according to economist and Pan-African Capital Holdings CEO Iraj Abedian.  

Time for turnaround in SA mining chain of promises, says Solidarity’s Gideon du Plessis

gideonduplessisNoting that the annual Mining Indaba yet again ended up as a talk shop and produced nothing of real significance, Gideon du Plessis, general secretary of Solidarity, takes a critical look at the mining industry where “promises” abound, but where the challenges are both numerous and very real.  

Illegal mining a serious concern

The New Age writes that illegal miners, popularly known as zama zamas, are increasingly posing a threat to operational mines, while mine security and staff are coming into the line of fire.  

Khulubuse Zuma to challenge R1.5bn Pamodzi claim in court on Thursday

auroraMoneyweb reports that the North Gauteng High Court will on Thursday hear an urgent application by former director of Aurora Empowerment Systems and nephew of President Jacob Zuma, Khulubuse Zuma, to have claims of more than R1.5 billion against Aurora reviewed and set aside.  

Union federation Fedusa wants budget to protect workers, poor

fedusa thumb medium80 85The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) on Tuesday called upon Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to protect the poor and workers when he introduces the 2015/16 national budget on Wednesday.  

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