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.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90In a short note on Thursday, Reuters reported that platinum producer Lonmin and precious metal group Sibanye-Stillwater said on Thursday that more than 12,000 jobs would be cut over the next three years following a $382 million takeover of Lonmin by Sibanye-Stillwater.  

amcu thumb medium80 81The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday issued a statement indicating that it had signed a wage review agreement with African Rainbow Minerals’ (ARM’s) Two Rivers Platinum Mine.  

DenelEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Wednesday reported that State-owned defence industrial group Denel might not be able to pay its staff their salaries for December.  

ambulanceGroundUp reports that on Tuesday, paramedics and trade unions members met at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg to discuss a campaign to end deadly attacks on ambulances.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that Ukhozi FM‚ one of SA’s biggest radio stations‚ has since Thursday morning not been broadcasting any news bulletins due to a strike at the SA broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that the High Court in Pretoria has granted an order to a stateless man allowing him to work and live in SA while the home affairs minister reconsiders his application for permanent residence.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater Group (SSG) has made an all-share offer to acquire platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Lonmin.  The offer values Lonmin at about £285-million.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed that it has received a request from the vice-chancellor of the University of South Africa (Unisa) asking it to intervene and deal with allegations of racism, sexism, and harassment at its college of law.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that, after stern resistance to the nonbinding vote on remuneration policy at a recent annual general meeting, Remgro’s engagement on Thursday with dissenting shareholders on the matter lasted only 20 minutes.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLive reports that a clerk employed by the Gauteng department of health has been convicted of conspiring to murder the CEO and the labour relations manager of the Bheki Mlangeni Regional Hospital in Soweto.  

amcu thumb medium80 81eNCA reports that charges have been dropped against the two men arrested in connection with the killing of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) officials in Marikana.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Argus reports that due to the efforts of Metrorail's technical teams, who have managed to repair the twenty-three track boxes destroyed by vandals on Sunday, the suspension of Cape Town’s Khayelitsha-Kapteinsklip-Bishop Lavis line has been lifted.  

sabcEWN reports that that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) indicated on Wednesday that it was in talks with middle-management officials and freelancers at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to get them to join planned industrial action on Thursday.  

SteinhoffFin24 reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and its asset manager, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), said on Wednesday that they would insist on the appointment of at least two independent non-executive directors on Steinhoff’s board following the retailer’s dramatic share price collapse.  

DenelBusiness Report writes that Denel executives met on Tuesday with trade unions to discuss what steps will be taken to ensure that workers’ salaries and bonuses are paid.  

ManpowerGroupBusiness Report writes that the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2018 was released on Tuesday and showed that chances of finding a job will be highest in the Western Cape, with the Free State province to have the least job opportunities.  

sapsDaily News reports that at least 106 police officers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have been implicated in crimes ranging from culpable homicide and assault with grievous bodily harm, to unlawfully discharging a state firearm and torture.  

Stats SABloomberg News reports that SA’s consumer inflation rate (CPI) fell for a second straight month in November as food prices climbed at the slowest pace in two years.  

seifsaANA reports that the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday that SA’s employment statistics showed signs of a "deeply troubled economy" and were a serious cause for concern.  

medicaldoctorThe Witness reports that medical unions have sent a clear warning to the Department of Health to ensure medical students secure internships and community service posts next year, or face court action.  

sabcTimesLive reports that a work stoppage at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), scheduled to commence on Thursday, will take place two days before the five-day national elective conference of the African National Congress (ANC) and could affect coverage of the event.  

gunNews24 reports that a police officer was murdered along a Cape Town highway, early on Tuesday morning, while escorting a truck containing perlemoen (abalone).  

Stats SAFin24 reports that employment levels declined again during the third quarter of the year, with an analyst expecting employment to remain flat going forward.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Argus reports that commuters travelling on Cape Town's central line, which runs through Kapteinsklip, Khayelitsha and Bishop Lavis, have had to use alternative transport again on Wednesday.  

SteinhoffIOL News reports that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has directed the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to launch an investigation into possible non-compliance with the Companies Act by the SA-based global retailer Steinhoff.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 12 December 2017.

Solidarity2Pretoria News reports that the Department of Education (DBE) has denied what it said were insinuations by some school principals that 1,800 Gauteng teachers would lose their jobs next year.  

miner thumb medium90 104GroundUp reports that Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources Godfrey Oliphant told Parliament’s portfolio committee on mines last Friday that private litigation “is a flawed solution to the problem of justice for workers who contract occupational disease” and that he had been “discomfited” by the past experience of the asbestos relief trusts.  

VUTTimesLive reports that after accidentally being exposed to HIV‚ a lecturer chose to return to his family home to deal with the trauma, but before he could recover he was dismissed by the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).  

chickensReuters reports that the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has asked the SA government to seek "urgent comment" after a report indicated that thousands of workers in Brazil's meat and poultry sectors were victims of forced labour and inhumane work conditions.