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.

newsBusiness Report writes that the importance of the road freight industry to SA’s economy is shown in that 86% of the freight transported annually in the country goes by road.  However, the sector, as well as rail transport, are in trouble.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Netwerk24 reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says that this week it will put forward its “full and final” package of wage increases and other improvements in respect of the platinum sector.  

RobertsonWineryTimesLive reports that a storm is brewing in the Swedish parliament over the controversial stocking of South African wines at a government-owned chain of liquor stores.  

newsTMG Digital reports that sixty South African pilots have taken up jobs with foreign airlines over the last 12 months.  Most of them took up positions with Middle Eastern carriers‚ according to SAA Pilots Association chairman Captain Jimmy Conroy.  

wefBusiness Report writes that SA’s gender gap is closing and the country has moved up two places to 15 out of 144 countries.  This is according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2016 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), published on Tuesday.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that failure by the JSE or the King Code to take a more robust stance on executive remuneration could see this controversial issue put on the agenda of the 2016-17 Companies Amendment Bill.  

southafricalogoThe Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) will increase wages for its participants from R78.86 per day or per task performed to R83.59 from Tuesday, 1 November 2016.  

effTimesLive reports that as higher education Minister Blade Nzimande once again outlined why free higher education for all was not a possibility, the EFF proposed a retirement fund levy to fund the country's fees shortfall.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 25 October 2016

metrorail thumb medium90 92Caxton News Service reports that Gauteng Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng advised on Tuesday that by 4.30am the train wreckage from Monday’s Tembisa crash had been cleared off the tracks and that the two lines were operational.  

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comANA reports that the Chamber of Mines (COM) has rejected the view that the mining industry has had a purely negative impact on society in sub-Saharan Africa.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive writes that cutting operational costs in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) did not mean the metro’s new leadership would make employees’ lives miserable.  

ramaphosa2The Presidency reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is pleased with the progress that is being made by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) Task Teams on Labour Relations.  

benchmarksBusiness Report writes that Bishop Jo Seoka, chairman of the Bench Marks Foundation (BMF), on Monday called for a new model for mining.  

satawu thumb medium90 101TimesLive reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) has added its voice to those condemning the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) for its alleged reluctance to improve train safety.  

ambulanceeNCA reports that new emergency services entrants in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are being given military training skills.  

solidariteitIOL News reports that trade union Solidarity plans to take the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to court again after the broadcaster cancelled the contract of a senior sports commentator.  

unisaThe Citizen reports that outsourcing has fallen at the University of South Africa (Unisa) after 10 months of deliberations.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Human error was the cause of Monday’s collision between two Metrorail passenger trains, in which one person died and 243 commuters were injured.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that in a massive boost for unemployed youth, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro announced on Monday that 1,800 bursaries are up for grabs for those interested in pursuing a career in the transport industry.  

westerncapeNetwerk24 reports that the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has applied for an interdict which it hopes will prevent teachers’ union Sadtu and students’ organisation Cosas from disrupting the annual national assessment tests for learners.  

graduate thumb100 SABC News reports that the Fees Commission received written and oral evidence on the funding of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges on Monday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 24 October 2016

farming thumb medium80 84Sunday Times reports that supermarkets in Denmark have started taking SA wines off their shelves following a scathing documentary on conditions for farmworkers at some of the country's top wine estates.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Two trains collided on Monday afternoon between Tembisa and Kaalfontein, resulting in one fatality and between 100 and 150 injuries.  

southafricalogoSunday Independent reports that National Treasury's decision to withdraw R64 million allocated for additional inspectors as requested by the Department of Labour has angered unions.  

nedlacThe New Age reports that according to the labour constituency at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), things are edging closer towards the realisation of a national minimum wage (NMW).  

sandf thumb medium90 89TMG Digital reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) on Sunday night announced that one of its members was in police custody after “allegedly sexually harassing his patient”.  

CCMANetwerk24 reports that Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Labour, threw all legal requirements overboard in 2013 when she appointed Daniel Dube as chairperson of the council of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).