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.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 22 October and Sunday, 23 October 2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 21 October 2016

amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has reached wage deals in principle with platinum producers Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin.  

gautrainThe Star reports that so greatly has the number of passengers increased on the Gautrain that the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has decided to purchase 12 new trains.  

bhpBloomberg reports that BHP Billiton wants women to account for half of its workforce by 2025 as the world’s top miner seeks to change the gender balance in an industry dominated by men.  

sibanyeThe National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has rejected Sibanye Gold’s takeover of Anglo American Platinum’s Rustenburg operations, saying it would open the floodgates for job cuts.  

sabcNews24 reports that, according to the Democratic Alliance (DA), SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng has promised an extra R10,000 to each staff member as a "sweetener deal".  

transnetlogo thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that the Transnet Pensioners Action Group (TPAG) will be nominating three of its members for the upcoming election of new trustees for three of Transnet’s pension funds.  

eskomFin24 reports that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who received a total salary package of R9.467m in the 2015/16 financial year, will not be getting a salary increase in the next year.  

cosatuThe Citizen writes that a decision by Cosatu not to officially endorse Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the top ANC job is threatening to tear the trade union federation apart.  

kznlogo thumb100 TMG Digital reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government is seeking about R1.1 billion from Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to pay the salaries of thousands of izinduna (headmen).  

ambulanceDaily News writes that private ambulance services in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are under attack, with paramedics increasingly falling victim to criminals while on duty.  

In a new Jacana Media publication, ‘Solidarity Road: The Story of a Trade Union in the Ending of Apartheid’, Jan Theron writes about the values that shaped the trade union struggle and the decisions and practices which undermined them.  

numsaMoneyweb reports that Numsa Investment Company has applied for a section 13B licence to set up an umbrella fund such that employees at small factories will be able to invest in its retirement fund.  

strike thumb medium85 85BusinessLive reports that tobacco group Philip Morris International has suspended production at its strike-hit Boksburg factory on Gauteng’s East Rand as a precautionary measure.  

nedlacIOL News reports that Cosatu has once again accused the government and big business of dragging their feet on introducing a national minimum wage (NMW) for the country.  

amcu thumb medium80 81TimesLive reports that over 2‚000 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members who work at Sasol coal mines in Secunda‚ Mpumalanga have been on strike for the past two months.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), confirmed on Thursday that the union was consulting members about a possible wage strike in the retail motor industry.  

RobertsonWineryBusiness Report writes that unions belonging to SA’s soon-to-be launched new labour federation are warning of a secondary strike at Robertson Winery (RW) in the Western Cape.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 20 October 2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 19 October 2016

kznlogo thumb100 News24 reports that the doors at the Gale Street Medico-Legal Mortuary in Durban have reopened following a two-day strike, the KwaZulu-Natal health department said on Wednesday.  

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

merafong thumb100 The Citizen reports that the Merafong municipality has been interdicted from discontinuing the piped water supply to the Blyvooruitzicht mining community and was ordered to come up with a plan to repair the water and sewerage infrastructure.  

healthcareTMG Digital reports that the Gauteng Department of Health recruited a total of 3‚256 doctors and nurses between January and August this year.  

WorkingOnFireCape Times reports that Working on Fire’s (WoF’s) Trevor Abrahams has refuted claims of exploitation of workers, telling MPs that the 300 firefighters the organisation sent to Canada in June were essentially there as volunteers.  

strike thumb medium85 85TMG Digital reports that on Wednesday strikers at tobacco company Philip Morris International blocked the main road leading to the company’s factory in Boksburg with burning tyres.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Mercury reports that teacher unions are claiming a major victory after the Department of Basic Education agreed to demands to write the “objectionable” Annual National Assessment (ANA) exams only every three years.  

sabcEWN reports that the Labour Court has given the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) until Tuesday next week to rewrite and submit new affidavits that indicate who was responsible for the decision to dismiss eight SABC journalists.  

sibanyeReuters reports that Sibanye Gold has cleared the final regulatory hurdle for its $330 million acquisition of Anglo American Platinum's (Amplats’) Rustenburg mines.