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.

boardroomtableFin24 reports that private security guards and their employers are heading for two days of mediation in October following weeks of deadlocked wage talks.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 26 September 2019.

Stats SANews24Wire reports that new numbers released by Statistics SA show a bloodbath in construction jobs over the past months, while the mining sector is steadily employing more people – for now.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that the latest BankservAfrica Take-home Pay Index (BTPI), released on Wednesday, showed that there was a small decline in the average take-home pay for August on a year-on-year basis.  

gavel thumb100 EWN reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and finance union Sasbo on Thursday said they would be appealing the Labour Court ruling interdicting a planned banking sector strike on Friday.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Report writes that Sibanye-Stillwater intends to take advantage of the lapse in December of the six-month moratorium on retrenchments after its merger with Lonmin and axe more than 5,000 workers.  

ambulanceANA reports that the Eastern Cape health department on Wednesday condemned the latest attack on an ambulance crew in Port Elizabeth.  

southafricalogoThe Star reports that despite maintaining its unqualified audit opinion, the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) underspent its budget by R196 million in the 2018-19 financial year.  

earningsFin24 reports that according to the SA Reserve Bank’s quarterly bulletin released on Wednesday, SA workers are seeing meagre pay increases that do not keep up with inflation.  

arcelormittalFin24 reports that in a statement on Wednesday, ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) announced that it might close some of its operations.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that pilots at SA Airways (SAA) say they are willing to embark on a lawful strike to save the indebted national carrier.  

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that the Labour Court has interdicted Friday’s planned strike to shut down the country’s banking sector.  

Sibanye StillwaterBL Premium writes that the likelihood of Sibanye-Stillwater, the world’s largest platinum miner, facing another crippling strike at its mines increased after it indicated it would lay off up to 5,270 people at the Lonmin assets it now owns. 

cutifani thumb medium90 94Bloomberg reports that the BHP Group has talked to Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani about running for the top job at the diversified miner, according to sources familiar with the matter.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 25 September 2019.

cloverFin24 reports that the Competition Tribunal has given the go-ahead to a takeover of SA's biggest dairy company, Clover, by Tel Aviv-based Milco.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday rebuked sexual assault of pupils by teachers and called on law enforcement authorities to investigate and arrest the perpetrators.  

nehawu80Business Report writes that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has condemned Business Unity SA (Busa) for seeking to interdict the looming strike at banks called by finance union Sasbo.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has slammed the strike by Amatola Water workers, who downed tools last Friday despite being essential service workers.  

OldMutualFin24 reports that Peter Moyo returned to Old Mutual's offices in Sandton on Wednesday, demanding that he be allowed back at work.  But for the third time, he was refused entry.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107News24 reports that an Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) traffic officer, who was filmed while allegedly intoxicated on duty, has been suspended.  

employment thumb100 News24Wire reports that according to the Banking Association of SA, SA’s six largest banks had 152,441 employees in 2018, some 4,000 more than the 148,500 employees in 2015.  

numsaANA reports that the National Union Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Tuesday it was headed for a strike in the motor retail and components sector as talks with employers over wages and allowances remained deadlocked.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater on Wednesday advised that it would start consultations with relevant stakeholders regarding the restructuring of its Marikana operations and associated services.  

joburgcityEWN reports that according to Metrobus, all its depots were operating at full capacity on Wednesday following last week's bus drivers’ strike.  

panafricanIn comment on Wednesday, BusinessLive noted that Pan African Resources (PAR), a gold miner in Mpumalanga, has doubled spending on security to R106m to prevent illegal mining primarily at its Barberton property.  

cosatuTimesLIVE reports that the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) has vowed to shut down SA’s borders with eSwatini in solidarity with a strike in that country by public servants.  

OldMutualFin24 reports that axed Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo claimed on Monday that Nombulelo Pinky Moholi's resignation from the insurer’s board amid his legal tussle with the company was not a coincidence.  

sapsNews24 reports that a 29-year-old man suspected of being part of the killing of two law enforcement officers earlier this month in Philippi was on Monday night shot dead by members of the Special Task Force.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that a Gauteng teacher has lost a bid to hold the Department of Basic Education accountable for an attack on her.  The teacher from Smangaliso Mkhatshwa Secondary School in Winterveldt took the department and the school governing body to court for damages after being stabbed by a pupil in 2014.