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.

sidumodlaminiCosatu president Sdumo Dlamini seems set on a collision course with the majority of the labour federation’s member unions over the issue of who should succeed President Jacob Zuma.  Dlamini has thus far projected himself as a nonpartisan player, though there is an expectation that he will steer Cosatu towards supporting Zuma's ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.  But, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign within Cosatu seems to be at an advanced stage and Dlamini will have the almost insurmountable task of convincing the federation's biggest unions otherwise.

tshwane thumb100 BDLive reports that Tshwane Democratic Alliance (DA) mayor Solly Msimanga is wielding the axe in the metro and will soon decide on how to purge a bloated staff complement in a bid to slash the municipality’s R6bn salary bill.  The city spends 33% of its operating budget on employee costs.  Msimanga had allayed fears of a wide-ranging purge after taking office, but this latest move suggests he is targeting ANC deployees in the city.

handcuffsCape Times reports that a 27-year-old Kleinvlei man was due to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning following his arrest last week for the murder of a metro police officer in February.  Ben Koopman was gunned down while on duty.  Two people were spotted fleeing from the scene with his service pistol and a police radio.

cosatuCape Times reports that SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) general secretary André Kriel issued a statement on Sunday, “with the permission of the Cosatu president”, condemning the destruction of university property and calling for an immediate return to classes no later than Monday.  

anglogoldashantiDavid McKay writes that, in an interesting illustration of how the increasing number of safety audits on SA’s mines by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) was getting out of hand, .AngloGold Ashanti CEO, Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, has compared them to a freeway accident where the authorities had resolved to check the brakes of every car on the freeway instead of just the cars involved in the accident.

handshake thumb medium90 90TMG Digital reports that more than 100 SA Commercial‚ Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) strikers at the Table Mountain cableway will be back at work on Monday after a pay deal ended their wage stoppage.  The deal gives staff pay increases of between 8% and 13.5%‚ with lower income earners receiving the largest increase.

farming thumb medium80 84TimesLive reports that tens of thousands of seasonal farmworkers, whose jobs are already on the line because of a crippling drought, are now facing another employment threat in that farmers, who claim they cannot any longer afford the prescribed minimum wages, are choosing to hire cheaper foreign workers.  In 2013 the minimum prescribed wages for farmworkers rose by 52%.

RTMCTimesLive reports that Steve Msiza, president of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), is accusing Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) bosses of trying to hound him into quitting his job as the corporation's chief of security by bringing a string of "flimsy charges", including testifying for a colleague in a disciplinary hearing and not applying for sick leave.

satawu thumb medium90 101BDLive writes that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) is on the road to recovery and looking to expand after a tumultuous four years in which it suffered two splits, but the union now also faces competition from the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) which has broadened its recruiting scope to organise members across sectors.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 30 September to Sunday, 2 October 2016

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that dozens of members of the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) embarked on a protest outside Airways Park in Kempton Park on Friday morning.  

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reported on Friday that negotiations were still underway between striking Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) workers and management.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

labourcourtsTwelve singers who were dismissed from or stopped working with the Cape Town Opera (CTO) last month because of a feud over contracts filed a statement of opposition with the Labour Court on Wednesday in response to the company's initial claim against them.  

CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that initial public response to the City of Cape Town council's plans to address traffic congestion through a new traffic demand management strategy has largely been positive.  

cosatuDavid McKay writes that one interesting development to come out of the latest illegal mining disaster in which miners (‘zama-zamas’) were killed at Langlaaate has been the suggestion by Cosatu that the government decriminalise the activity.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90Sungula Nkabinde reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing on the underlying socio-economic challenges of mining-affected communities heard more evidence of Social and Labour Plans (SLPs) that have failed to benefit the people for which they are supposedly intended.  

PoultryAssociationPretoria News reports that that the SA poultry industry is set to lose thousands of jobs by the end of the year, brought on mainly by an oversupply of chicken imports flooding the market.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that according to Cosatu, directors of companies involved in cartel conduct should be prosecuted because fines imposed on the companies did not deter antitrust behaviour.  

healthcareSowetan reports that a facility in Limpopo that provides treatment for extreme cases of drug resistant Tuberculosis (TB) has been temporarily shut down after the provincial health department suspended over 30 nurses working there.  

sabcANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday that Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s salary at the SABC was increased by almost half a million rand, from R3.7 million to R4.1 million, during the 2015/16 financial year.  

BevSAMoneyweb reports that a applicant for a quality controller job at Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, which had been advertised online in July, received an unusual response from the prospective employer.  

minerMining Weekly reports that the mining sector must strive to achieve zero harm by doing everything possible to prevent fatalities, injuries and the spread of diseases among workers at SA mines.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 29 September 2016

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that attempts to inspect the localised geological conditions underground at Vantage Goldfields’ troubled Lily gold mine, in Barberton, have been aborted.  

sabcRDM reports that in a strongly worded statement, Cabinet has criticised the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) over the Hlaudi Motsoeneng appointment matter.  

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

pnp thumb100 eNCA reports that the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) will hold discussions with members on the new self-service till points at Pick n Pay.  

MineRescueServicesBDLive reports that illegal mining at abandoned and closed mines is “spiralling out of control”, with increasing numbers of injuries and deaths seen at mines across all commodities produced in SA.  

easterncape thumb100 DispatchLive reports that as part of an ongoing protest against the non-payment of overtime, Eastern Cape provincial traffic officers from the Amathole District have decided to down tools.