news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 1 June 2016.


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Cop killings should be deemed a national disaster, says Sapu

ANA reports that the South African Policing Union (Sapu) on Tuesday condemned the murder of a police officer in Ritavi, Limpopo, and called for government intervention.

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Randfontein murder highlights risks of working as an estate agent

TimesLive writes that the murder of a Gauteng estate agent has brought home the dangers of the job.  Hanlie Lategan was found dead in a stream in Randfontein, 20km away from where she arranged to meet potential home-buyers from Cape Town on Monday.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Four jailed for killing cop after robbing him of R23k, at IOL News


MINING LABOUR

Search for trapped Implats miner continues; family taken underground

ANA reports that the family of a trapped Impala Platinum (Implats) miner was due on Wednesday to go underground to see where he went missing.

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Sibanye chief draws hard line on strikes

Business Report writes that Sibanye Gold boss Neal Froneman has thrown down the gauntlet at unions, charging that the industry would no longer tolerate strikes as a means to push it into making compromises during negotiations.

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Rustenburg municipality still recovering from 2014 platinum belt strike

ANA reports that Rustenburg in North West has not fully recovered from the 2014 protracted strike in the platinum mines, executive mayor Mpho Khunou said on Tuesday.

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Amplats drastically reduces the number of job cuts needed at Union and Twickenham

Bloomberg reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has reduced the number of job cuts tied to restructuring at its Union mine and Twickenham project by 85% as it moves workers to other projects.

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MARIKANA DEATHS / FARLAM INQUIRY REPORT

Phiyega must be fired, nothing less, Claassen inquiry hears

ANA reports that the Claassen board of inquiry probing the fitness for office of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega heard on Thursday that she must be must be removed from office.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Phiyega mustn't be spared testimony by Marikana survivors and widows, say lawyers - Mail & Guardian
  • Phiyega ‘het besef sy sal nie onskuld kan bewys’, at Netwerk24
  • Mathunjwa admitted as witness at inquiry into Phiyega’s fitness for office, at BDLive
  • Phiyega failed to draw the line at Marikana: Mpofu, at IOL News
  • Phiyega lied to protect Ramaphosa, Mthethwa: Amcu on Marikana, at eNCA


INDUSTRIAL ACTION / STRIKES / LOCK-OUTS

Santaco to forge ahead with Gauteng taxi strike at end of June

SABC News reports that the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says plans for a taxi strike are going ahead.

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Striking workers block University of the Free State main entrance

SABC News reports that striking workers at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein have blocked the main entrance at the institution with their vehicles.

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BARGAINING COUNCILS

Numsa declares dispute over MEIBC levy agreements

Business Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) has declared a dispute with employers over the extension of levy agreements to non-party members at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).

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UNION STRUCTURES / UNION ORGANISATIONAL REPORTS

NUM weakened by divisions over new labour federation

Business Report writes that the divided National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has been weakened by leaders who are interested in forming part of the mooted new union federation.

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LABOUR AND POLITICS

Ehrenreich challenges De Lille to debate over her ‘pandering to the rich’

TMG Digital reports that Cosatu’s Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich has challenged Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille to a public debate, in an escalating war of words over how the city is run.

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RECRUITMENT / STAFFING / SKILLS

SA Air Force maintenance suffering from loss of skilled technicians

Defence and security news publication defenceWeb writes that the aircraft maintenance capabilities of the SA Air Force (SAAF), including in respect of the presidential Boeing Inkwazi, have decreased dramatically.

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Defence ministry on a recruitment drive at tertiary institutions

SABC News that the defence ministry is on a recruitment drive for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as the Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, is worried about the ageing force and declining capability.

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OUTSOURCING / CONSULTANTS

Municipalities ‘too reliant on consultants’ for financial reporting

BDLive reports that Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu said on Wednesday that, despite an increase in the number of municipalities receiving clean audits, local government remained too reliant on the use of consultants.

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REMUNERATION / SALARY ADMINISTRATION

Faced with not receiving their June salaries, Oakbay employees vow to carry on

SABC News reports that employees of the Gupta-owned business empire have vowed to continue their services despite the likelihood of not receiving their salaries in June.

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Finance union Sasbo supports banks’ decision to sever ties with Gupta companies

Moneyweb reports that the Finance Union Sasbo has come out in support of banks’ decision to terminate their relationships with Oakbay Investments and the Guptas.

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EXECUTIVE PAY

Old Mutual faces shareholder revolt over CEO’s possible 1,000% payout on salary

Financial Times reports that a shareholder rebellion was brewing at Old Mutual on Wednesday after the financial services group proposed a payout of 1,000% of base salary for its CEO Bruce Hemphill.

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WORKPLACE CONDITIONS / DRESS CODE

eNCA to review its employee dress policy following 'doek’ controversy

SowetanLive writes about the eNCA “doek” controversy relating to the decision to remove a reporter’s footage from a bulletin because she was wearing a head scarf (doek).

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WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON WEDNESDAY, 1 JUNE 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at SA Labour News


WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON TUESDAY, 31 MAY 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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