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.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 10 April 2017

strike thumb medium85 85Thousands of bus drivers are set to go on a national strike from Wednesday after they failed to reach a wage agreement with their employers.  Trade unions Numsa, Satawu and Towu served employers with a 48-hour strike notice on Monday.  

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 7 April 2017.

dipuopetersTMG Digital reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused former Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters of contradicting herself on the 350% wage increase of former Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) acting CEO Collins Letsoalo.  

vavi1IOL News reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Friday that the move to elect President Jacob Zuma into the top ANC position had been a terrible mistake.  

Rhodes UniversityRhodes University is facing financial distress and wants to cap salary increases at 5% in order to remain viable.  But support service workers want an increase that is in line with inflation and wage negotiations have deadlocked.  

handcuffsEWN reports that police say more arrests are imminent following the murder of a security guard in Hanover Park last week.  Eldridge Lucas was shot and killed when a group of men hijacked a cigarette delivery van he was travelling in.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that striking farmworkers, who have been squatting in the bush for more than a month, have vowed not to return to work until their demands have been met.  

graduate thumb100 TimesLive reports that, after five years of trying to clamp down on unregistered colleges, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is still battling to shut down these bogus institutions.  

ambulanceCape Argus reports that paramedics in the Western Cape are increasingly coming under attack when responding to emergencies, with many saying they fear for their lives.  

angloamerican fullBusinessLive reports that Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) top executives were grilled for almost half-an-hour at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Friday about the sharp increase in the number of workers killed in 2016 from 2015.  

sibanyeMining Weekly reports that Sibanye Gold won four awards at this year’s National Skills Authority (NSA) awards.  

cosatuThe Sunday Independent reports that it was Cosatu’s three powerful public sector unions that forced the labour federation to resolve at its central executive committee (CEC) meeting last Monday that President Jacob Zuma should step down.  

nehawu80EWN reports that the National Health Education & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) says it will continue with its strike at the Department of Social Development until its demands for better salaries and working conditions are met.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 7 April to Sunday, 9 April 2017

newsNorthern Natal Courier reports that fifty-four workers have been retrenched following the announcement of the closure of the Glencoe abattoir.  

sapsSABC News reports that police killings have once again come under the spotlight with 79 officers having lost their lives between 2015 and 2016.  

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that achieving 60% local content on vehicles assembled in SA will have a significant impact on the economy, including the creation of 49,000 new jobs and the addition of R68-billion to the gross domestic product.  

robdaviesEngineering News reports that SA’s clothing and textile sector has saved thousands of jobs with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) production incentives programme within the Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that overall employment across non-agricultural businesses, such as factories, offices and stores, as well as national, provincial and local government entities increased by 90,000, or 0.9%, year-on-year between December 2016 and December 2015.  

nehawu80Daily News reports that the ongoing strike by members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in the social development department is delaying justice for many awaiting-trial prisoners and families of the victims of crime.  

bhpBloomberg reports that BHP Billiton is taking diversity lessons from banks and law enforcement to achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 and to promote women into top executive roles.  

bladenzimandeBusinessLive reports that three Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) remain under administration for various reasons.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Miningmx reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu), is thought to have personally intervened in the unprotected strike at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine that ended on Thursday morning.  

strike thumb medium85 85Netwerk24 reports that a number of non-striking employees of the Gauteng Department of Social Development (DSD) have been seriously injured, with one of them admitted to intensive care, after they were assaulted at their homes by strikers.  

zumaBusinessLive reports that President Jacob Zuma met Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini and general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali on Wednesday, following a call earlier this week by the labour federation’s central executive committee (CEC) for Zuma to resign.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 6 April 2017

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 5 April 2017.

ehrenreichNews24 reports that trade union federation Cosatu in the Western Cape has accused companies of double standards for giving their employees time off to protest against President Jacob Zuma.  

protestTMG Digital/The Times writes that if you're planning to march in a planned national shutdown on Friday‚ get it cleared with your boss.