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.

transnetlogo thumb100 Fin24 reports that further provisional suspensions of staff might be on the cards at Transnet as auditors at the state-owned port and freight rail operator continue to comb through past forensic reports.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that speakers at the Public Sector Forum said on Tuesday that performing lifestyle audits on public-sector employees was unlikely to make a meaningful impact on corruption.  

implatsheadgear smlBusinessLive reports that most residents of eight mining communities that were surveyed by ActionAid SA said that they derived no benefit from having a mine in their area and that its proximity brought health and environmental problems instead.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that according to Cosatu, the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) could have exercised better oversight over the scandal-ridden Public Investment Corporation (PIC).  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 5 February 2019.

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that a National Trade Union Congress delegation is due to meet with RCL Foods on Wednesday in a final bid to avert a bread and flour strike.  

cosatuReuters and Business Report write that trade union federation Cosatu said on Tuesday that it opposed a proposal to split up state-owned Eskom into three different entities, noting that it would not solve the struggling power utility's governance and debt problems.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87EWN reports that the SA Medical Association (Sama) has called on all medical interns and community service doctors who have not yet received their January salaries to not report to work until they have been paid.  

CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that City of Cape Town Speaker Dirk Smit has decided not to act against JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, over the alleged irregular appointment of Robbie Robberts, the director of policing and enforcement services.  

samwu thumb medium80 78City Press reports that fearing for their lives, union bosses have allegedly gone into hiding following the recent murder of Roland Mani, deputy secretary of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) in Limpopo.  

medicaldoctorNews24 reports that Gauteng's Portfolio Committee of Health has welcomed Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa's intervention after her department failed to pay medical interns on time.  

employment thumb100 Lauren Graham and Leila Patel, researchers at the University of Johannesburg, write that young South Africans spend on average R938 a month looking for work.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that according to the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group, the exemptions provided for in regulations under the National Minimum Wage Act mean that workers in some sectors will, in effect, be earning poverty wages.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom, which is facing a net loss of R20bn in the current financial year and is burdened by R419bn debt, says it needs multi-year increases well in excess of inflation to return to sustainability.  

medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that according to SA’s private hospital groups, National Health Insurance (NHI), which the government is pushing as the solution to the country’s health crisis, could lead to the loss of up to 132,000 jobs.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 4 February 2019.

eskomEngineering News reports that embattled electricity utility Eskom has made shock adjustments to its revenue application currently before the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa), which, if approved, would translate into tariff increases that are even higher than the 15% a year hikes sought in its initial application.  

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA), which represents government employees and pensioners, said on Monday the concerns it had previously raised about the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had been vindicated by allegations of corruption and impropriety against the fund manager’s board and senior officials.  

gavel thumb100 ANA reports that seventeen mineworkers facing multiple charges relating to a violent strike at Lonmin mine in Marikana near Rustenburg seven years ago appeared briefly in the North West High Court in Mogwase on Monday.  

ramaphosa2The Citizen writes that later this month President Cyril Ramaphosa is to face his first Cosatu-led national strike since he came to power.  This will likely prove to be a litmus test of the improved political relationship between the labour federation and the ANC government.  

JMPDSowetan reports that senior officials at the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) have been accused of rigging an interview process for the post of facilities manager in order to appoint their preferred candidate.  

handcuffsSowetan reports that the escape of prisoners at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday has been blamed on staff shortages and inexperienced court orderlies.  

cosatuIndependent News reports that on Friday Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi referred to explosive allegations made before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture implicating senior members of the ANC.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that protesters set fire to a Durban city bus in Overport on Monday morning.  

CapeTownlogoWeekend Argus reports that the City of Cape Town council is engaged in a fresh fight over a “jobs for pals” scandal implicating the Department of Safety and Security’s JP Smith and Richard Bosman.  

fawuCape Times reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), representing hundreds of Blue Ribbon Bread workers in Salt River, Cape Town, has distanced itself from the torching of a vehicle, stabbing of a company promoter and injuring of schoolchildren.  

transnetlogo thumb100 EWN reports that eight senior managers at Transnet have been served with suspension notices.  

parliamentANA reports that Parliament's police portfolio committee said on Sunday that more resources needed to be allocated to police specialised units combating highly trained and heavily armed cash-in-transit (CIT) robbers and for other high-risk operations.  

LosiIndependent News reports that labour federation Cosatu is gearing up for a national strike in two weeks’ time to protest against retrenchments, unemployment, corruption and racism.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 1 February 2019.