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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 -Tuesday 30 June 2015, 10:03

Solidarity launches plan to help households in event of electricity blackout

solidariteitEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity, in conjunction with KragDag and Maroela Media, has launched an emergency plan to assist households in the event of a total power blackout.  

CWU waiting for MTN to sign settlement to bring end to strike

mtnBusiness Report writes that cellphone operator MTN is mulling over a wage deal with the Communications Workers Union (CWU) as the strike by the union enters its fifth week.  

Riah Phiyega used as ‘scapegoat’ for Marikana, says Amcu’s Mathunjwa

phiyegaThe Citizen reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), said on Monday that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega was used in the Marikana commission of inquiry report as a scapegoat to cover up for those in high government positions.  

Web links to a selection of labour news reports posted on Monday, 29 June 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Monday, 29 June 2015.

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Monday, 29 June 2015

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Friday, 26 June 2015.

With cops out of their depth, underground gang warfare in Gauteng “very serious”

gautengSunday Independent reports that sophisticated gangs armed with semi-automatic weapons such as R5s and AK47s and explosives are at war over the control of illegal mining operations in Gauteng, Free State and Northern Cape, with the situation in Gauteng getting out of hand.  

With its official embrace of Limusa, Cosatu closes door on Numsa

sidumodlaminiThe Citizen reports that S’dumo Dlamini, president of Cosatu, on Sunday officially embraced the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa), thereby firmly shutting the door on any prospects of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) returning to the labour federation.  

Gold wage offer of anything less than 20% will not even be considered by the NUM

numBloomberg reports that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary David Sipunzi said on Friday that gold producers would need to offer a pay increase of at least 20% to even be considered by the union.  

New municipal union launched in Gauteng by disaffected Samwu members

newsSunday Independent reports that ousted and sidelined members of the SA Municipal Workers Union who are aligned to Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi have launched a rival union in Gauteng, with a national launch planned for later in the year.  

National police commissioner Phiyega won’t leave without a fight

phiyegaCity Press writes that national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega is digging in her heels ahead of the inquiry into her fitness to hold office announced by President Jacob Zuma last week.  

New metalworkers’ union Limusa elects leaders

limusaANA reports that the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa) appointed leaders at its inaugural congress held in Durban over the weekend.  

Web links to a selection of labour news reports posted from Friday, 26 June to Sunday, 28 June 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web from Friday, 26 June to Sunday, 28 June 2015.

Marikana report indicates that the NUM, Amcu and Lonmin could have done more

marikanacommission thumb100 eNCA reports that the Marikana Commission has found that platinum producer Lonmin and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) did not use their “best endeavours” to resolve the wage dispute that led up to the deaths of 44 people over several days in August 2012.  

Solidarity welcomes ruling against Aurora directors

solidariteitThe Citizen reports that trade union Solidarity has welcomed a ruling on Thursday in the High Court in Pretoria holding the directors of Aurora Empowerment Systems liable for stripping the assets of Pamodzi Gold as a victory for the workers and the rule of law.  

Phiyega takes the fall over Marikana, as Ramaphosa, Shabangu and Mthethwa walk

marikanacommission thumb100 BDLive reports that Deputy President and former Lonmin director Cyril Ramaphosa and other members of the executive have been let off the hook in the findings of the Farlam Commission on Inquiry into the 2012 Marikana massacre, but National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is under scrutiny.  

Unpaid KZN headmen threaten to disrupt next year’s local elections

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that provincial headmen or izinduna in KwaZulu-Natal are planning a march to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) offices on Tuesday to seek answers to why they have not been paid their salaries as per President Jacob Zuma’s recent proclamation.  

Stats SA report shows youth unemployment has worsened since 2008

statssaBDLIve reports that Statistics SA’s youth labour market report released on Monday showed that youth unemployment deteriorated between 2008 and the first quarter of this year, and more young people have given up looking for work.  

Gold producers table opening wage offers ranging from 7.8% to 13%

goldbarsGold producers have proposed a five-year wage deal to unions in which employees from entry level up to category 8 are being offered an increase effective 1 July ranging between 7.8% and 13%, with the deal also including a profit share element.  

Putco cancels bus services in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng

putco thumb100 ANA reports that the Public Utility Transport Corporation, which runs the Putco bus service, on Monday announced plans to cancel its services in the Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng municipalities with effect from 30 June 2015.  

Marikana miners may take bid for justice to International Criminal Court

marikanacommission thumb100 EWN reports that Marikana mineworkers and the families of those killed in the 2012 massacre at the Lonmin Platinum mine have told their lawyers not to rule out launching an international court bid for justice.  

Compromise ends disruptive MTN strike

mtnBusiness Times writes that MTN South Africa and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have reached a compromise in a dispute over bonuses and wages that led to a four-week strike, marred by violence, at the cell phone operator’s Johannesburg offices.  

Parliamentary committee says new public wage deal a step in right direction

parliamentEWN reports that Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration has said that a new wage agreement between government and public sector unions signals a step in the right direction for workers and the state.  

DA wants legislation brought in so as to compensate Marikana victims

daBDLive reports that according to the Democratic Alliance (DA), Parliament should pass legislation to compensate the victims of the Marikana shooting in August 2012 and thereby avoid costly and lengthy legal proceedings.  

Knives out for new NUM boss Sipunzi for his pro-Vavi, pro-Numsa stance

numSunday Times reports that the knives are already out for David Sipunzi, newly-elected general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), who last weekend was the target of an attempted censure motion at a special meeting of the union’s national executive committee (NEC).  

No appetite for gold strike, but can huge gulf between the parties be bridged?

goldbarsCity Press reports that, with analysts estimating that gold producers might table a wage increase offer between 5% and 6% today when talks in the sector resume, fears remain that the parties will not be able to bridge the gulf between them.  

Families of victims to sue over Marikana massacre

marikanacommission thumb100 TimesLive reports that lawyers representing families of dead and injured Marikana mineworkers are preparing for a multibillion-rand class action lawsuit against the government.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Friday, 26 June 2015

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Thursday, 25 June 2015.

Uber taxi service plans to create 15,000 jobs in SA by 2017

uberBDLIve reports that app-based taxi service Uber has set itself the ambitious target of creating 15,000 jobs in SA by 2017, despite the country’s slim economic growth prospects.  

Lack of trust hobbles this week’s gold mining wage talks

boardroomtableMail & Guardian reports that gold producers have implored labour to move away from adversarial posturing and approach this year’s wage negotiations differently.  

New forum between industry bodies and union Fawu created in Western Cape fruit, wine sectors

farming thumb medium80 84Fin24 reports that a bold step towards improved labour relations in the Western Cape’s fruit and wine sectors was taken when two key industry bodies, Hortgro and VinPro, and the Food & Allied Workers Union (Fawu) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  

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