Today's Labour News

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news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 11 August 2016.


TOP STORY – ESKOM WAGE AGREEMENT

Eskom strike averted after marathon wage talks brokered by CCMA

Fin24 reports that the deadlock in the Eskom wage negotiations has been broken following a 14-hour marathon wage negotiation process brokered by the CCMA that lasted until the early hours of Friday morning.

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Numsa not yet on board with Eskom wage deal, Solidarity happy

Fin24 reports that Eskom announced on Friday morning that it had reached a two-year wage agreement with its recognised trade unions, but the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is still considering the utility’s offer.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Strike has not adversely affected operations, Eskom assures, at BDLive
  • Power supply steady despite strike, says Eskom, at Fin24


INDUSTRIAL ACTION / STRIKES / LOCK-OUTS

Wave of strikes over wages hits several sectors

BDLive reports that South Africa has been hit by wage-related strikes across several sectors, including energy, telecommunications and petrochemicals.

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With strike still causing some petrol shortages, conciliation due to begin on Friday

Netwerk24 reports that the petroleum sector strike is still ongoing and, while the SA Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) says there is sufficient supply to meet demand, some filling stations are experiencing delays with deliveries.

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Still no end in sight to petrol sector wage strike

eNCA reports that after a strike of two weeks in the petrochemical sector, employers and union members are meeting at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday.

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CWU members on strike at Telkom since Thursday

ITWeb reports that members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at Telkom are on strike, as the union fights for salary increases for its members.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Striking fuel industry workers vow to not back down, at SABC News
  • CWU marches to the bourse, at Business Report
  • Union tells Telkom, MTN workers to down tools, at SABC News
  • Striking Telkom workers march through CT demanding 11% and end to retrenchments, at GroundUp
  • Strike action against MTN 'imminent', warns CWU, at Fin24


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Six grass cutters die in fire at Gauteng’s Suikerbosrand nature reserve

ANA reports that six people died from burn wounds after fire broke out at the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve near Heidelberg, the Gauteng provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Thursday.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Cape Town construction worker critical after 5m fall, at The Citizen
  • Crane used to lower injured worker at Durban’s Pavilion, at TimesLive
  • Woman disabled by pitbull fights for employment, at DispatchLive


MINING LABOUR

Kuruman traffic blockaded in protest over employment at Black Rock mine

Netwerk24 reports that on Thursday members of a community forum in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district blockaded the Kathu and Deben T-junction that leads to the Black Rock mine with rocks and tree stumps.

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Other general mining internet posting(s)

  • Eastplats confirms probe into Crocodile Mine deal, at The Citizen


LABOUR AND POLITICS

Vavi won’t comment on why the left fared so badly in municipal elections

SowetanLive reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Wednesday went to ground, refusing to answer questions about the poor performance of the United Front (UF) in the local government elections.

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NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE

With Nedlac deadlocked over level of national minimum wage, academics to fight it out

Financial Mail reports that government is to create a panel of seven academic experts to try and resolve, by October, the impasse over the introduction of a national minimum wage (NMW).

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WORKPLACE CONDITIONS / WORKPLACE CODES

Row over ban on Muslim student chefs having beards hits top Durban hotel

The Mercury reports that members of Durban’s Muslim community have slammed the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani hotel management for refusing to allow two Muslim student chefs to continue their internships if they did not remove their beards.

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RETIREMENT AND OTHER EMPLOYEE BENEFIT FUNDS

Guard your pension fund, says economist Dawie Roodt

Engineering News reports that Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt maintains that the promises of politicians are always greater than the South African taxpayer’s capacity to deliver.

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EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT / CORRUPTION / DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Ten KZN police officers charged with corruption relating to dagga smuggling

The Citizen reports that ten police officers appeared at the Bergville and Ladysmith Magistrates’ Court on Thursday on corruption charges and were released on bail of R1,000 each.

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WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON THURSDAY, 11 AUGUST 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Thursday, 11 August 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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