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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 -Wednesday 01 October 2014, 07:13

Sapo moves to end strike, while businesses are severely impacted

postoffice thumb100 Fin24 reports that the ongoing SA Post Office (Sapo) strike is having a serious impact on the business operations of enterprises across South Africa, but Sapo spokesperson Lungile Lose said this week that it was expected that the strike would end soon.  

NUM to back ex-PPC chief Ketso Gordhan in his bid to get job back

ppcThe New Age reports that trade unions at cement and lime producer PPC have vowed to support their former boss, Ketso Gordhan, who resigned as chief executive over differences with the board.  

Over 200 teachers facing misconduct charges still await their fate

saceThe Star reports that the South African Council for Educators (SACE) has asked the state for more cash to fast-track a backlog of over 200 cases of misconduct against teachers dating from the 2013/14 financial year.  

KZN student teachers not equipped to deal with harsh realities of rural schooling

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Daily News reports that a researcher has found that teachers are not being sufficiently equipped for the harsh realities they may face at rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal and were leaving the profession en masse for greener pastures.  

Statistics SA’s employment stats sampling being reassessed

stats-saEngineering News reports that Statistics SA’s statistician-general Pali Lehohla said on Monday that the organisation would be undertaking a review of the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) sample frame to address discrepancies between the data produced by the QES and that generated through the Stats SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS).  

SA spurns foreign healthcare workers, while refugee loophole fosters corruption

healthcareBusiness Day writes that South Africa is failing to train enough doctors and nurses to keep pace with its needs, yet red tape, hostile bureaucrats and ambivalent government policies all stand in the way of foreign healthcare professionals willing to fill the gap.  

Amcu hits out against Solidarity’s advice

amcu thumb medium80 81The New Age reports that Jeff Mphahlele, general secretary of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), said on Monday that his union would not be dictated to by rival union Solidarity on how to run its affairs.  

While state hires more, firms shed jobs

stats-saBusiness Day writes that, while the government and its entities hired more people in the second quarter, private businesses shed jobs, Statistics SA (Stats SA) figures showed on Monday.  

Report on critical state of SANDF gathers dust

sandf thumb medium90 89Business Day writes that, despite finding that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) was in a critical state of decline, the South African Defence Review 2014 is gathering dust while the joint standing committee on defence committee, which needs to consider it, has yet to be established.  

End in sight for Marikana inquiry

marikanacommission thumb100 The Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Monday concluded the phase of receiving evidence from witnesses.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Monday, 29 September 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the internet on Monday, 29 September 2014.

Red tape obstructing use of foreign health-care workers in SA

healthcareThe Star writes that foreign health-care workers could help fill SA’s vacant posts, but a report by Wits University’s African Centre for Migration and Society shows that red tape often gets in the way.  

Minister to fast-track cases of all public servants on suspension

southafricalogoThe Star reports that, speaking at a governance and administration cluster briefing, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said that the scores of public servants sitting at home on suspension and facing disciplinary hearings were hampering the delivery of services by creating hundreds of key vacancies.  

Sadtu slams over-emphasis on pupil assessment tests

sadtu90The implementation of Annual National Assessments (ANA) did not assist schools nor the education system, the South African Democratic Teachers` Union (Sadtu) said on Sunday.  

State pulls back on Israeli circumcision device due to pressure from Cosatu

Business Day reports that the Department of Health has put on hold its plan to introduce an Israeli-made circumcision device in the face of pressure from labour federation Cosatu and its affiliates.  

Motshekga’s and DG’s cars seized over nonpayment of Eastern Cape teachers

angiemotshekgaBusiness Day reports that luxury German cars used by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director-general have been attached after the government failed to pay more than R28m owed to teachers in the Eastern Cape.  

Web links to labour articles posted on Tuesday, 30 September 2014

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news articles we have come across on the internet on Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

Cosatu's 'painful reality' may signify its end, says Vavi

cosatuMail & Guardian reports that Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s draft organisational report prepared for the labour federation’s central committee meeting in November indicates that divisions within Cosatu have impacted negatively on the organisation’s influence in society and, unless its leaders act urgently, the federation will face a decline in membership, political clout and reputation.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Tuesday, 30 September 2014

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Monday, 29 September 2014.

Messy situation for PPC, with staff to petition to get ex-CEO Ketso Gordhan reinstated

ppcBusiness Report writes that employees at PPC are apparently planning to sign a petition in support of the reinstatement of Ketso Gordhan, the former chief executive of the listed cement and lime producer.

Marikana commission extended until 14 November

marikanacommission thumb100 Sowetan reports that the Farlam Commission of Inquiry has been granted another extension of its deadline.  

Implats chief says no for a second year to pay rise and bonuses

implatsBloomberg reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) chief executive Terence Goodlace has sacrificed a pay rise and bonuses for a second time. 

Tongaat mall chairman keeps inquiry in suspense over test results on column

Test results on a column similar to one that collapsed in the Tongaat mall were "mind boggling", according to Phumudzo Maphaha, who is leading the Department of Labour commission of inquiry into the deadly collapse.  

End of the road tonight for ‘old’ Generations, with revamped version back in December

sabcThe New Age writes that tonight viewers will see the last episode of the country’s longest running soapie ‘Generations’, the cast members of which were axed after going on strike to demand higher wages and royalties.  

Solidarity urges Amcu to help reduce gold mining industry 'tension'

solidariteit thumb medium100 77The Association of Mining and Construction Union (Amcu) should use its influence in the gold mining industry to promote sustainability, trade union Solidarity said on Monday.  

Increase in formal sector jobs in second quarter

stats-saBDLive reports that Statistics SA’s quarterly employment statistics (QES) showed on Monday that the number of formal-sector jobs increased by 155,000 to 8.666-million in the second quarter.  

Hundreds of Eastern Cape public servants retiring to cash in on retirement savings

gepfThe Herald writes that because of ongoing rumours that the government is planning to nationalise the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), hundreds of Eastern Cape nurses, police officers and teachers are retiring early to raid their retirement funds.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Monday, 29 September 2014

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour
stories that have appeared since mid-
morning on Friday, 26 September 2014.

With extension of agreement contested, survival of metals bargaining council hangs in balance

meibcCity Press writes that the long battle over collective bargaining in the metal and engineering sector is coming to a head, with the labour court having given the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) one month to fend off a legal attack that could undermine it completely.  

As it heads to congress, Sadtu claims to be “more united than ever”

sadtu90The New Age reports that the embattled SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) claimed on Sunday it was going into its eighth national congress, which will be held from Thursday to Sunday in Benoni, more united than ever.  

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