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 Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 2 November 2016.

medicaldoctorCape Argus reports that according to unions representing doctors and nurses, a crisis in the public health sector is inevitable due to the Department of Health’s freezing of vacant posts.  

cosatuTMG Digital reports that trade union federation Cosatu on Thursday denounced the “wasteful expenditure of taxpayer’s money by public representatives on frivolous legal challenges”.  

strike thumb medium85 85DispatchLive reports that East London-based Bacalum Manufacturers is heading for its first legal strike and lockout over wages and conditions on 14 November.  The company is a manufacturer of high-end glass and aluminium fittings.  

newsThe Mercury reports that the decision by an employer to suspend a Durban man who wrote on Facebook that Indians were “low-class rubbish with no morals” has been seen by race experts as a step in the right direction.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu has intensified its opposition to the employment tax incentive because of the government’s refusal to exclude labour brokers from the scheme.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90TimesLive reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has lambasted municipal and national government officials for not answering key questions in an investigation into socioeconomic conditions in mining communities.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The New Age reports that health practitioners belonging to various unions in the OR Tambo region are threatening to down tools over a crisis caused by a “gross” shortage of staff and issues relating to study leave.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that, in a further sign of the increasingly strained relations between the alliance partners, trade union federation Cosatu issued a statement on Thursday sharply critical of its allay the ANC.  

uasa thumb medium70 84The United Association of SA (Uasa) put out a statement on Wednesday claiming that the recent wage agreement signed between Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was “unlawful”.  

VantageGoldfieldsThe New Age reports that it has been nine months since the tragic Lily Mine collapse in Barberton, Mpumalanga, and the lives of three families who lost their loved ones in the collapse have gone from bad to worse.  

newsBusinessLive reports that a newly published report by the Treasury shows that technical and vocational colleges are deeply dysfunctional.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that the proposals in the King IV Report on Corporate Governance on the disclosure and voting requirements on remuneration are meant to enhance transparency and are unlikely to lead to a decrease in executive pay.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that an accord between the retail motor industry and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) over a three-year agreement may be imminent.  

GEPFBusinessLive reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) has reported its lowest investment return since the financial crisis.  

Apologies to readers for the break in postings.  This was due other pressing commitments that the editor had to attend to.  We will be back in business from today.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 31 October 2016

reavayaTMG Digital reports that the City of Johannesburg said it will hold talks with the companies operating Rea Vaya buses to establish the cause of a strike their drivers took part in on Tuesday.  

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday,28 October 2016.

jicminingBloomberg reports that platinum producers are severing ties with a services firm that accounts for the biggest share of profit at the controversial Gupta family’s investment company.  

FronemanNetwerk24 reports that according to Neal Froneman, CE of Sibanye Gold, illegal miners, or zama zamas as they are known, are a massive problem at SA’s big commercial gold mines.  

sandf thumb medium90 89eNCA reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is undergoing voluntary military skills development training to increase its intake of women.  

numBusiness Report reports that the Times Media Group (TMG) has emerged as the frontrunner to buy Primedia from its shareholders for an undisclosed amount.  

bladenzimandeCity Press reports that enrolments at the government’s 50 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges have seemingly plummeted this year.  

numTimesLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is extremely distressed and concerned that the perpetrators responsible for attacks last month on two its members have not yet been brought to book.  

evrazBusiness Report writes that Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, the steel producer which went bust last year, has “reinvented” its assets in a bid to generate revenue to pay its creditors and the 1,800 employees who have been retrenched.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107Sowetan reports that speeding is suspected in the fatal crash involving a rubbish truck in which two municipal employees died and four others were injured when the vehicle overturned on Saturday.  Drunken driving has also been suggested.  

newsNetwerk24 writes that employees of Clifton Publications in Maitland, Cape Town, are facing an uncertain future after a large part of the company’s factory was destroyed in a fire on Saturday night.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLive reports that the Railway Safety Regulator has called for the establishment of a compensation fund for commuters who are hurt in train accidents.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Reuters reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Sunday it was ready to sign three-year wage deals with SA’s three biggest platinum producers.