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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 21 April 2015, 06:50

Amcu membership figures could tilt power among unions in mining wage talks

amcu thumb medium80 81BDLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is awaiting a response from the Chamber of Mines (CoM) on what it says is a flawed representation of membership data ahead of wage negotiations in the gold and coal sectors.  

ConCourt rules City Power must hire workers left in limbo after sub-contract cancellation

concourtMail & Guardian reports that the Constitutional Court has ruled that state organs, as employers, have to take over the employment contracts of workers if a contract or tender is cancelled and the work that was outsourced is transferred back to the state.  

Workers at Eskom’s Medupi site interdicted to return to work

eskomMoneyweb reports that some 21 contractors doing construction work at Eskom’s Medupi power station have obtained a court order for workers to return to work and refrain from violence.  

Amcu official shot dead in Rustenburg on Sunday

amcu thumb medium80 81News24 reports that an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) regional official was gunned down at Luka village outside Rustenburg, the union said on Monday.  

Rebuilding Marikana: Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Lonmin’s CEO, Ben Magara, details the steps taken to improve a deeply fraught relationship with his company’s workforce in the wake of the August 2012 Marikana tragedy.  

Medupi workers to continue striking until they are certain about getting their bonuses

eskomJan de Lange writes that the strike at Medupi is going to continue until Eskom reaches an agreement with workers over their bonuses in respect of completion of the first power generation unit.  

Mineworker loses his house while waiting for Compensation Commissioner’s payment

solidariteitNetwerk24 reports that a desperate mineworker who suffered brain damage as a result of a mud slide has been waiting for more than two years for payment from the Compensation Commissioner (CC) and has had to sell his house.  

Nhleko: Zulu King was urging government to deport illegal immigrants

nkosinathinhlekoNews24 reports that police minister Nathi Nhleko has defended King Goodwill Zwelithini, saying that the Zulu monarch’s difficulties over comments he made about foreigners arose because that there is no proper Zulu equivalent for the word “deportation”.  

Web links to a selection of labour articles posted on Saturday, 18 April and Sunday, 19 April 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Saturday, 18 April and Sunday, 19 April 2015.

Xenophobia backlash in rest of Africa leaves SA firms vulnerable

Business Times reports that South African companies with operations north of the border are suffering a fierce backlash from this week's wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa.  

With the SACP snubbing Numsa’s conference on socialism, war of words continues

numsaThe Citizen reports that tensions between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Communist Party (SACP) continue.  Numsa has accused the SACP of embarking on a “hate speech” and “propaganda” against the union’s leadership.  

Sasol pulls SA workers from Moz operations as xenophobic tensions rise

sasolPetrochemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that it had evacuated 340 South Africans from its operations in Mozambique.  

Embattled Cosatu unions have back to the wall in state wage talks

southafricalogoBDLive reports that public sector wage negotiations this year have predictably been coloured by a toxic mix of circumstances, with the tightfisted approach by the government due to fiscal constraints being the chief driving force behind the unions’ difficult situation.  

Web links to a selection of labour articles posted on Friday, 17 April 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Friday, 17 April 2015.

Vavi to charge MKVA’s Lulamile Jack for death threat

vavi1The New Age reports that expelled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is to lay a criminal charge against the Limpopo leader of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA).  

Business can’t operate ‘in environment of violence’, says Chamber of Mines

comBDLive reports that Chamber of Mines of SA (CoM) CE Bheki Sibiya said on Monday that organised business cannot operate in an environment of violence and xenophobia.  

Web links to a selection of labour articles posted on Monday, 20 April 2015

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the World Wide Web on Monday, 20 April 2015.

Kenmare sends South African workforce home from Mozambique

kenmareMining Weekly Online reports that titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources has temporarily repatriated the South African members of the workforce at its Moma mine, in Mozambique.  

Mid-morning roundup of labour news on Monday, 20 April 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, 17 April 2015.

SA gold producers wrestle with Mining Charter housing targets

houseDavid McKay writes that the release of a preliminary report into how South African mining firms measured up against the targets in the Mining Charter was predictably focused on BEE ownership, but another aspect was the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) unhappiness with the sector’s efforts to improve housing and living conditions.  

Housewife worth more than R50,000 per month if her services were hired

earningsIf one had to pay a South African housewife for all the work she does, it would easily cost R500,000 per year, Netwerk24 reported on Sunday.  

Treasury undermining public sector wage talks, unions say

southafricalogoBDLive writes that public sector unions are heading for a showdown with the Treasury over the state’s "inflexibility" in the current round of wage talks and have accused Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene of undermining collective bargaining.  

Labour brokers to tackle amended Labour Relations Act in court

gavel thumb100 BDLive reports that umbrella bodies representing temporary employment service firms, known as labour brokers, intend to approach the courts in coming weeks for relief against the recently amended Labour Relations Act.  

Teachers’ union Sadtu condemns attacks on foreigners

sadtu90eNCA reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’’ Union (Sadtu) said on Saturday that attacks on foreign nationals have caused untold damage to South Africa – a country that values human rights, peace and solidarity.  

President of new Cosatu affiliate Limusa killed in car accident in KZN

newsNews24 reports that Sifiso Maphumulo, president of new Cosatu affiliate the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa), died in a car accident on the N3 in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday night.  

Cosatu files notice with Tshwane Metro of intention to march on government departments

cosatu thumb medium80 102BDLive reports that labour federation Cosatu in Gauteng said on Friday it has filed a notice with the Tshwane Metro in respect of its intention to march on government departments to pressure the state into acceding to wage demands by civil servants.  

Sadtu launches programme to tackle violence in schools

sadtu90Eyewitness News reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has launched the first of six seminars for principals and district officers around the country to tackle the issue of school-based violence.  

South Africa continues to see big potential for jobs in call-centre sector

employment thumb100 Engineering News Online reports that South Africa is fast becoming the new call centre destination of choice for large international firms, instead of countries like India and the Philippines, where the industry is well developed and thriving.  

Chamber of Mines pledges safe working environments amid xenophobic upheaval

comMining Weekly Online reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA (CoM) has committed in a statement that its member companies would continue to provide a safe working environment, as espoused in the country’s laws.  

Public servants march next Thursday to Treasury in Pretoria over wage increases

protestBDLive reports that, as the state digs in its heels over the public-sector wage bill, Cosatu affiliates will march to the Treasury next week to put pressure on the government when more conciliation efforts take place later this month.  

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