Today's Labour News

newsThis 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.

newsEWN reports that rescue teams at the Lily Mine in Barberton say they’ve removed 550 tonnes of rock and debris today, but still haven’t spotted the metal container in which three workers remain trapped.  

newsNews24 reported on Tuesday afternoon that, with rescue teams only 12 metres away from where the Lily Mine workers in Mpumalanga are trapped, it's now only a matter of drilling through rocks to reach the three.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
mid-morning on Monday, 8 February 2016.

strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that a strike by workers from the Umjindi local municipality in Mpumalanga has caused a stink in the historic mining town of Barberton.  

cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu in Mpumalanga claims that on Monday it was denied entry to the Lily Mine in Barberton where three workers were still trapped after a crown pillar collapsed.  

newsSowetan reports that a worker at an aircraft services company, Multi Aircraft Services, has quit his job after his boss allegedly called him and his colleagues k****s and baboons.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90David McKay reports that Ben Magara, CEO of platinum producer Lonmin, has declared himself "cautiously optimistic" about the prospect for a fair wage settlement when wage negotiations being in May.  

edconBloomberg reports that Edcon Holdings, SA’s largest clothing retailer, plans to cut jobs at its Johannesburg head office as seeks to revive sales and earnings.  

gideonduplessisIn his presentation on Monday at the annual Mining Indaba, Gideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, said local stakeholders were hampering the progress of the local mining industry through poor leadership and decision-making.  

denosa thumb medium60 92The New Age reports that Cosatu-aligned nurses in the Eastern Cape will march against “appalling” working conditions, just a day ahead of the state of the province address next week.  

farming thumb medium80 84Cape Times writes that the Department of Labour (DOL) last week announced that from next month the statutory minimum wages for farmworkers would be rising, but unions have criticised the increases, saying that a loaf of bread costs more than the increase in the daily rate.  

newsNews24 reports that there is renewed hope for three people trapped in a collapsed mine in Mpumalanga after the mine’s manager confirmed on Tuesday morning that communication had been received from underground.  

pikitupNews24 reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said on Monday that it was in the process of ensuring that the criminal charges against Amanda Nair, MD of Joburg waste management company, were reinstated.  

MotsoalediThe New Age reports that Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has called on any doctor who is unemployed due to the freezing of state medical posts to come forward.  

sitaITWeb reports that disgruntled workers at the State IT Agency (SITA) have turned to the Public Protector (PP), submitting a complaint requesting an investigation into allegations of maladministration, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.  

boardroomtableReuters reports that Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin will again be sitting around the wage negotiations table with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) this year.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 8 February 2016.

angloamericanReuters reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) will cut 1,000 jobs at its struggling Twickenham mine, the firm’s chief executive said on Monday.  

angiemotshekgaSunday Tribune reports that, speaking at the Education Summit on Friday, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, stated that the report into the alleged selling of state teaching posts was set to be released before the end of this month.  

cwu thumb medium90 95TMG Digital reports that according to the Communication Workers Union (CWU)‚ Julius Malema’s “attack” on journalists from the Gupta-owned ANN7 and The New Age contradicts his party's claims to be “a vanguard of the working class”.  

mosebenzizwaneFin24 reports that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Monday that, after visiting Lily Mine in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, on Friday, the company agreed with the ministry that it should be closed with immediate effect.  

parliamentParliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour has expressed satisfaction with public hearings on the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill that were held last week.  

earningsMoneyweb writes that a national minimum wage (NMW) in SA is inevitable, but the level at which it is set will mean be the difference between addressing poverty and inequality significantly or plunging the economy into decline.  

evrazBDLive reports that a deal to buy Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium has fallen through, leaving the steel maker in business rescue.  

newsEWN reports that the Lily Gold Mine near Barberton confirmed on Monday morning that it has established what it believes to be audio communication with three remaining trapped miners.  

medicaldoctorTimesLive writes that despite doctors being outnumbered two-to-one by Department of Health administrative staff, medical posts are being frozen.  

comBDLive reports that according to Roger Baxter, CEO of the Chamber of Mines of SA, the South African mining sector cut 47,000 jobs between 2012 and early 2015 as the industry grappled with soaring costs and low commodity prices.  

presidencyBDLive reports that the Presidency is working with government departments to find the "quickest possible legal route" to attend to the concerns of Cosatu about the compulsory annuitisation provisions of the Tax Laws Amendment Act.  

pikitupTimesLive reports that Johannesburg waste-collection workers were expected to return to work on Monday after a two-day work stoppage last week.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 6 February and Sunday, 7 February 2016.