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.

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 16 September 2016.


TOP STORY

President Zuma declares 27 December a public holiday

EWN reports that President Jacob Zuma has declared 27 December a public holiday following a request by the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa).

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MINING LABOUR

UBank looks to widen client base beyond mineworkers

Business Report writes that UBank, whose clients are 90% miners in the gold and platinum sector, is diversifying its client base.

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Zama zamas vow to continue illegal mining in Kimberley suburb

SABC News reports that illegal diamond miners in Kimberley are adamant they will continue their operations, saying it is a struggle for survival.

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Bodies of two illegal miners found at Harmony shaft in Free State

Free State police have found the bodies of two illegal miners at the Eland shaft of Harmony mine in Welkom and arrested 22 other miners involved in illegal activities at the shaft.

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Two Lonmin mineworkers nabbed with explosives in car

ANA reports that two Lonmin mineworkers arrested for possession of explosive were each granted bail of R1,000 at the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

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Other labour posting(s) in this news category

  • Gideon du Plessis: Stelsel bevorder Aurora-korrupsie, at Netwerk24 (limited access)
  • Communities around mines suffer while govt does little to protect them from exploitation, at City Press
  • ANCYL calls for Zwane to address illegal mining, at Business Report
  • Lonmin, North West govt partner to develop informal settlements, at SABC News


MARIKANA DEATHS / FARLAM INQUIRY REPORT

Occupiers of Marikana houses ready to resist in looming eviction showdown

Greg Nicolson writes that a showdown looms in Marikana as government might begin evicting those who have occupied new houses on land donated by platinum producer Lonmin.

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COLLECTIVE BARGAINING / INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

‘Substantial’ progress made in retail motor wage talks

Business Report writes that substantial progress was made in “make or break” negotiations between trade unions and the retail motor industry last week.

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INDUSTRIAL ACTION / STRIKES / LOCK-OUTS

Uneasy truce over weekend at Free State hospitals after strike spread last week

Health E-News reports that a week after workers at the Manapo Hospital in Phuthaditjhaba, in QwaQwa in the Free State, began their strike, health workers at other hospitals joined the action.

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PROTESTS AND MARCHES

Social workers protest at Union Buildings over poor salaries and ‘horrible’ work conditions

TimesLive reports that over 20‚000 social workers from all over the country gathered at the Union Buildings on Monday in a peaceful protest to demand better salaries‚ better work equipment and better work conditions.

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Protesters disrupt Stormvoël toll plaza in Pretoria over jobs

Caxton News Service reports that a protest over jobs caused heavy traffic congestion at the Stormvoël toll plaza in East Lynne, in Pretoria, on Monday morning.

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LABOUR AND POLITICS

Cosatu could back Ramaphosa to unify ANC

City Press reports that Cosatu is putting together a list of at least six names of senior ANC leaders that would be capable of leading the party into the 2019 national elections.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Cosatu to discuss challenges faced by the ANC, at SABC News
  • G’n spanning in alliansie: Cosatu, at Netwerk24 (limited access)


CORPORATE TRANSFORMATION

Jimmy Manyi says corporate SA spitting on Madiba’s face over transformation at top

Weekend Argus reports that the Department of Labour (DOL) has vowed to take legal action against businesses dragging their heels to transform the workplace.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Labour department calls on company bosses to drive employment equity, at BDLive


FRINGE BENEFITS / PERKS

No more first-class or business flights for Nelson Mandela Bay officials

BDLive reports that new Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) Mayor Athol Trollip has banned all business and first-class domestic air travel for municipal officials and public representatives.

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RETIREMENT AND OTHER EMPLOYEE BENEFIT FUNDS

Two more arrested for Eastern Cape pension scam involving ‘advice’ from ancestors

ANA reports that two more Ugandans have appeared in court in connection with a scam in which people were defrauded, usually of their pension payouts, with promises that their “ancestors” would multiply the money.

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WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON SATURDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER AND SUNDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Saturday, 17 September and Sunday, 18 September 2016 at SA Labour News


WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON FRIDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Friday, 16 September 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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