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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 29 January 2015, 15:23

Free State community health workers back in court on Thursday for illegal protest

gavel thumb100 Mail & Guardian reports that the 129 Free State community healthcare workers and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members arrested in July last year, after staging a night vigil protest on 10 July without permission, are to return to the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court on Thursday.  

Three witnesses in Sizani ‘ghost teachers’ fraud case apply for legal representation

legalaidsaHerald Live reports that three teachers who allegedly accepted money and are expected to testify at the R1.2-million fraud trial of Portia “Pankie” Sizani have all applied this week to the Legal Aid Board for legal representation while they provide evidence in court.  

Worker who lost arm first day on job sues for R2m after workmen’s comp claim never lodged

gavel thumb100 Dispatch Live reports that a Dimbaza man is suing his former employer for over R2-million after losing his arm on the first day of duty.  Mabhuti Swaartbooi started at School and Office Furniture (S&OF) on 1 May 2008 as a general worker.  

SARS says disciplinary probe into deputy commissioner Pillay at ‘advanced stage’

sarsBusiness Day reports that an internal investigation by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) into allegations of gross misconduct and acts of impropriety by its deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay were at an "advanced stage", the tax agency said on Wednesday.  

NUM to take up case of miners fired summarily at Dries Meganiese Dienste mine

numDiamond Fields Advertiser reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday that it would register a case of unfair dismissal with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in respect of the 25 workers at Dries Meganiese Dienste mine near Windsorton in the Northern Cape who were issued with their marching orders yesterday.  

SABC’s Motsoeneng says he’s underpaid and could earn more elsewhere

sabcBusiness Day reports that controversial South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, whose qualifications came under scrutiny after it emerged he did not have matric, says he could earn more if he were working for a different organisation.  

Diversified miner Glencore mulls closure of some of its SA coal operations

Mining Weekly Online reports that diversified miner Glencore is considering the closure of some of its coal-mining operations in South Africa, which would reduce its overall SA production by at least five-million saleable tons of coal a year and affect more than 1,000 employees.  

IRR study on police crime flawed, says SAPS

saps thumb100 A study by the SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR) about police involvement in serious and violent crimes was based on flawed methodology, SA Police Service (SAPS) management said on Wednesday.  

Labour Minister challenges unions to find common ground on national minimum wage

oliphant thumb medium90 106Business Day reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Wednesday urged organised labour to be clear on the common ground for the framework of a national minimum wage, or be subject to the same risks of unclear majorities in current systems of collective bargaining that some employers were able to exploit.  

Sentencing postponed in domestic worker k-word assault case

gavel thumb100 The sentencing of a man who called his ex-girlfriend's domestic worker a “k****r” was postponed in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to next Friday, 6 February.  

Eastern Cape administration director-general denied bail in rape case

easterncape thumb100 Despatch Live reports that the Eastern Cape’s top administrator, administration director-general Dr Loyiso Mbabane, who is accused of raping a relative and allegedly trying to bribe her into dropping the case, was denied bail by the East London Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday afternoon.  

Top Eastern Cape civil servant arrested for rape

handcuffs thumb100 Herald Live reported on Tuesday that a top civil servant in premier Phumulo Masualle’s office spent his fourth night in custody after appearing in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with an allegation of rape.  

SA may see fewer prolonged strikes as the CCMA can now intervene, say analysts

ccma thumb medium75 98Moneyweb writes that the new powers of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to intervene in strikes are set to give the dispute resolution body more teeth and curtail prolonged strikes.  

Overworked prison officials ‘under emotional and psychological strain’: research report

southafricalogoBusiness Day reports that a report due to be released on Wednesday by Just Detention International SA (JDI SA), which conducted research in a Johannesburg correctional facility, highlights that poor working conditions, long hours and fear for one’s life are some of the normal conditions for prison officials.  

State rethink on posting of doctors by way of ‘certificate of need’

medicaldoctorBusiness Day reports that it emerged on Tuesday that the Department of Health is planning to revise the National Health Act’s controversial provisions for regulating where doctors work.  

Workers at three Limpopo municipalities on 'stay away' due to salary payment issues

limpopo thumb100 The New Age reports that a majority of workers from three Limpopo municipalities, Bela Bela, Vhembe and Mopani, have embarked on a 'stay away' due to unpaid salaries.  

Teacher suspensions cost KZN R6m

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Mercury reported on Wednesday that 30 teachers and government officials who are at home on paid suspension leave are costing the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) education department nearly R6 million in salaries and benefits while their disciplinary hearings are being finalised.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Thursday, 29 January 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, 28 January 2015.

A third of employees in SA do more than required, global report finds

newsBusiness Day reports that a global workplace report has found that 33.2% of employees in SA go "above and beyond the call of duty" for their employers, but that fewer of them want to stay in their jobs compared with their working counterparts worldwide.  

NUM slams ‘opportunist’ DA over eliciting of its support for strike bill

fransbaleniThe New Age reports that Frans Baleni, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, has described the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) attempt to elicit the union’s support for the political party’s Labour Relations Amendment Bill of 2014 as opportunistic.  

Former principal officer of state pension fund moves on to start own firm

newsBloomberg News reports that John Oliphant, who left as the principal executive of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) after a year-long suspension, has started Gaia Investment Partners to benefit from African infrastructure projects.  

National minimum wage for farmworkers to increase by 7.7% from 1 March 2015

farming thumb medium80 84Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has announced an upward adjustment to the minimum wage of farmworkers with effect from 1 March 2015.  

Two 'broke' Limpopo municipalities fail to pay workers’ January salaries

limpopo thumb100 Times Live reports that municipal workers in two Limpopo towns, Mopani and Vhembe, have not been paid their January salaries and the national Treasury has blamed senior officials.  

One out of every 100 cops is dirty, IRR study finds

saps thumb100 Anna Cox writes that some of the findings of a study released by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) on Wednesday morning were that one in every 100 policemen in South Africa is involved in serious and violent crime and that, as long as the police service remains home to violent criminals, it is unlikely that the country will experience a sustained and significant decline in serious and violent crime.  

MTN plans up to 578 job cuts: Solidarity

mtnReuters reports that MTN, Africa's biggest telecommunications provider, plans to issue dismissal notices by 1 May to up to 578 people at its South African enterprise business unit, trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Wednesday, 28 January 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, 27 January 2015.

SANDF ready to do battle with DRC rebels: Nkoana-Mashabane

sandf thumb medium90 89Peter Fabricius writes that South Africa was ready to go into battle against the FDLR rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and against other forces destabilising the continent, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, stated at the AU in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.  

Solidarity back in court to challenge police ranking system

labourcourtsNetwerk24 reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) could make application today in the Labour Court in Johannesburg to amend its pleadings in an affirmative action case in an attempt to show that its ranking system is not applied as a quota system.  

Six held after gang storms Northern Cape diamond mine, makes off with diamonds

newsSix people have been arrested following the storming on Monday morning of a Northern Cape diamond mine by a gang of between 15 and 20 men and the theft of three diamonds, the Hawks said on Tuesday.  

Solidarity, SAPS lock horns in court over ranking system

solidariteit thumb medium100 77City Press writes that the new ranking system of the SA Police Service (SAPS) has been deemed "inflexible" by the Labour Court in Johannesburg, Solidarity reported on Tuesday.  

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