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.

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that the medical schemes regulator is backing the curator of Samwumed as he prepares to put the scheme back in the control of elected trustees by the end of August.  

arcelormittalBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has threatened to lead contractors at ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) in a sympathy strike should the company not accede to its demands to permanently place contractors.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Business Report writes that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will be challenging the decision by the Labour Court to quash its proposed secondary strike aimed at shutting down the mining industry.  

newsBusinessLive reports that the chairperson of the Central Energy Fund, government’s energy holding company, was suddenly dismissed on Friday after allegations emerged that he solicited a bribe from a global oil trader Vitol.  

ambulanceANA reports that a 29-year-old female paramedic, arrested after cocaine was found in an ambulance she was driving, was due to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that the new ministerial handbook has been 10 years coming, but it will finally be implemented following the May elections.  

groupfiveSunday Tribune reports that a jobs bloodbath is looming with two big corporations, one in the construction sector and the other in banking, poised to shed thousands of workers.  

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newsIndependent News reports that Tiso Blackstar has come to an agreement with the Information Communication Technology Union (ICTU) to temporarily halt the strike that had been planned to commence last Thursday.  

standardbankBusiness Report writes that labour unions have reacted negatively to news that Standard Bank plans to close down 91 branches across the country, which might result in 1,200 people losing their jobs.  

groupfiveFin24 reports that Group Five, which is conducting retrenchment proceedings, has estimated that it would need to pay out R233m in severance pay as it enters business rescue.  

GEPFCity Press reports that state employees will soon be able to retire early with no penalties, but conditions will apply.  

AGONews24 reports that leaked photographs show that a day after the control of Bosasa (now known as African Global Operations) was handed back to CEO Gavin Watson and his fellow directors, armed security guards were called in to escort staff off the premises after they were summarily suspended on Friday morning.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Fin24 reports that Clarissa Venter, the Afrikaans teacher who was captured on video when she slapped a Grade 9 pupil, will return to work in the second term.  

bladenzimandeNews24 reports that despite 6,638 security personnel working in four regions across the country, 24 trains and 289 coaches were vandalised or were subject to theft between October 2018 and February 2019.  

prasaFin24 reports that the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has placed various executives on special leave or suspension.  

sapsNews24 reports that National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has condemned the killing of two off-duty police officers in two separate incidents in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in less than 24 hours.  

labourcourtsMiningmx reports that the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) efforts to broaden industrial action failed after the Labour Court on Friday judged a secondary strike bid to be unprotected, thereby preventing the union and its members from undertaking such action.  

newsThe Star reports that a Roodepoort gardener has died after six bull terriers mauled him to death while at work.  The man was at his employer's house in Ruimsig on Wednesday when the dogs attacked him. 

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa on Wednesday called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in the protracted strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations.  

newsSowetan reports that “How much do you want to go away?” was a question that retired Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judge Zak Yacoob repeatedly asked the axed director of the KZN Blind and Deaf Society to persuade her to drop a CCMA case.  

mosebenzizwaneThe Citizen reports that former director-general (DG) of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), Dr Thibedi Ramontja, told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Thursday that one of the advisors of former minister of mineral resources Mosebenzi Zwane instructed him to tender his resignation within 20 minutes.  

farming thumb medium80 84News24 reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip has been awarded R250,000 in a defamation case against an old friend who turned on him and posted on Facebook that he had been inhumane to his former farmworkers.  

VadiThe Star reports that thousands Soweto taxi commuters will have to find alternative transport for the next three months, starting on Friday morning, because routes will be shut down amid deadly feuds between associations.  

newsHilton Tarrant writes that three of SA’s five largest banks have been quietly cutting staff, particularly in retail units, to drive down stubbornly high cost-to-income ratios.  

sapu thumb medium80 79EWN reports that the South African Policing Union (Sapu) made an about turn and halted Thursday's planned strike pending a meeting with Police Minister Bheki Cele.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that workers are gearing up to bring media house Tiso Blackstar to a standstill on Thursday if the company does not pay its black journalists their bonuses and salary increases.  

numsaMining Weekly reports that steel producer ArcelorMittal SA (AMSA) says it has contingency plans at its various plants to minimise the potential impact on production of a National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) strike.  

VantageGoldfieldsMoneyweb reports that after three years in business rescue, Vantage Goldfields is headed for liquidation unless a buyer emerges in the next few days.  

AGONews24 reports that two weeks before corruption-accused African Global Operations (AGO), formerly known as Bosasa, was placed under liquidation, the company paid its CEO Gavin Watson a R5m "performance bonus".  This was over and above his monthly salary of R5.7m.