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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 -Monday 30 March 2015, 08:13

Cosatu public sector unions to meet on Monday on way forward with deadlocked wage talks

southafricalogoTerry Bell writes that, after the government declares a dispute on Friday with public sector unions over state wage increases, behind-the-scenes talks are continuing, but a major strike now seems likely with the unions perhaps more united than at any time in the recent past.  

Call for mental checks for pilots

medicaldoctorTimes Live reports that in terms of a proposal that originated in the SA Aerospace Medical Association, a database accessible through the internet that would allow examiners to check on the mental health of pilots might one day red-flag individuals with psychological problems.  

Cosatu facing financial crisis, spends R300,000 a month beyond its income: Vavi

cosatu thumb medium80 102Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said on Sunday that the country’s biggest trade union federation, Cosatu, was facing financial problems.  

I'm not going to resign, says defiant Vavi

vavi1Fin24 reports that the general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Zwelinzima Vavi, says he is not going to resign his position.  

Eighty percent of domestic workers without UIF coverage

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that 80% of domestic workers in South Africa are without Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) coverage.  

Embattled Vavi expected to throw in the towel at press conference on Sunday

vavi1The Sunday Independent reports that embattled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is expected at a press conference today to announce that he will be resigning from the labour federation he has headed for more than 15 years.  

State declares dispute declared in public sector pay talks

southafricalogoBDLive reports that wage talks for SA’s 1.3-million public servants are now headed toward mediation and conciliation at the behest of the state, a move which has evoked concern from organised labour that premature conciliation on an inadequate wage offer could push unions to strike.  

Final Marikana commission report ready for Zuma

marikanacommission thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Marikana Commission of Inquiry will hand over its report to President Jacob Zuma next week.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Friday, 27 March 2015

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Thursday, 26 March 2015.

Court extends paid maternity leave to men who become dads through surrogacy

labourcourtsTimes Live reports that in a ground-breaking judgment yesterday, the Labour Court in Durban said it was discriminatory to refuse paid maternity leave to a gay man who became a parent through surrogacy.  

Vavi faces motion of no confidence from Cosatu KZN

vavi1BDLive reports that Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal has called for a motion of no confidence in the labour federation’s general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.  This comes at a time when there is no let-up in Cosatu infighting.  

Late salary payments at two struggling North West municipalities

northwestprovinceNetwerk24 reports that two municipalities in the North West are so deeply in debt that this week they couldn’t pay monthly salaries on time.  

Over 1,000 workers fired at Eskom’s Medupi site by contractors

eskomEWN reports that Eskom has confirmed that more than 1,000 workers who took part in a one-day strike at the Medupi Power Station this week have been fired.  

Postal workers join CWU strike at Telkom

cwu thumb medium90 95The New Age Online reports that workers belonging to the Communications Workers Union (CWU) at Telkom and at the SA Post Office (Sapo) have embarked on a strike against the outsourcing of Telkom’s call centre, supply chain and technology services on Thursday morning.  

Demand spurs rerun of labour department roadshows on amendments to legislation

southafricalogoBDLive reports that the Department of Labour and the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will rerun a series of roadshows explaining the raft of recent changes to SA’s labour legislation in response to high demand, the department said on Thursday.  

Traffic lights ‘sabotage’ in Joburg Roads Agency (JRA) strike

jraThe New Age writes that the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has apologised for traffic signal malfunctions and said that they have been as a result of acts of sabotage.  

Second policeman dies after N3 shootout on Sunday

gunSABC News reports that a second policeman has died in hospital following a shooting on Sunday on the N3 South, just before the Modderfontein off-ramp in Edenvale on the East Rand.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 March 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 March 2015.

Communication Workers Union may embark on strike at Telkom

cwu thumb medium90 95BDLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said on Friday it may embark on strike action at Telkom this coming week, accusing the telecoms provider of "ideological bankruptcy" as it pushes ahead with restructuring that will see some staff transferred to new employers at the end of March.  

Anglo Coal gives R28 million to struggling eMalahleni municipality

angloamerican fullNetwerk24 reports that the struggling municipality of eMalahleni (Witbank) on Thursday got a welcome boost of nearly R28 million from Anglo Coal to assist, among other things, to improve the skills of its personnel.  

Hospersa demands meeting with KZN premier over health mismanagement and corruption

hospersaSapa reports that about 200 members of the Hospersa trade union marched through Pietermaritzburg on Friday afternoon to demand a meeting with KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu over mismanagement and corruption in the province's health department.  

Labour Court throws out Matona’s case challenging Eskom suspension

labourcourtsBDLive reports that Eskom Chief Executive Tshediso Matona’s attempt to have his suspension lifted by the Labour Court failed on Friday.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Friday, 27 March 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Friday, 27 March 2015.

Assmang Black Rock workers stage protest against layoffs

protestKathu Gazette reports that several hundred mine workers at Assmang Black Rock made a robust call on 17 March 2015 to their management to reverse the decision to retrench close to 371 workers with effect from April 2015.  

Gold mines’ claim of better living for miners a sign of panic, says NUM

houseSowetan reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has rejected claims by AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), Gold Fields, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold that they have turned around the lives of their workers by offering them better accommodation and says that the R1.5-billion that the gold producers have spent on accommodation on the mines is a smokescreen.  

Communication gap biggest hurdle with ex-miners accessing compensation

miner thumb medium90 104Mining Weekly Online writes that efficient communication with migrant mineworkers in Southern Africa, regarding social security benefits, poses a significant challenge to the Southern Africa Trust (SAT) and the Southern Africa Miners’ Association (Sama).  

Claims made that Post Office delays paying staff, suppliers

postoffice thumb100 Fin24 reports that with the financial stability of the SA Post Office (Sapo) having been called into question this week by staff, suppliers and political parties, the parastatal allegedly delayed paying its middle-management employees.  

Gold mining companies push for employees to own houses

houseBloomberg reports that South Africa’s biggest gold companies plan to build and sell more houses to employees to ease the social pressures that led to the deaths of at least 44 people in 2012 and a record-long strike in platinum last year.  

Judgment reserved until Friday in Eskom CEO's suspension challenge

labourcourtsSapa reports that judgment in the challenge by Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona to have his suspension set aside was reserved by the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Thursday, with the decision expected to be handed down on Friday.  

Strikers at Eskom’s Medupi site table huge demands

eskomMoneyweb reports that striking workers at Eskom’s Medupi power station construction site have demanded, among other things, a bonus of R10,000 for the successful synchronisation of Unit 6 as well as payment for a further 200 hours for each of the 13,000 workers on site.  

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