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.

chickensANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday that agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana needed to explain what his department was doing to ensure that jobs were saved, and what bird flu containment measures were in place in the poultry industry.  

gunNews24 reports that a security guard is in a critical condition after being shot by a gang of armed men at the Forest Hill City Mall in Centurion on Sunday morning.  

earningsBusinessTech writes that it is well-established that people working in the economic hub of Johannesburg get better salaries than their counterparts in other big metros in SA, but the gap between the average salaries in the three major metros is shrinking.  

GEPFCity Press reports that a top official at the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) last week kept ajar the possibility of the fund investing in bankrupt national carrier South African Airways (SAA), which is clamouring for a bailout.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 8 September to Sunday, 10 September 2017.

ancEWN reports that the Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) has called on both Uber and meter taxi drivers to put the safety of commuters first.  

sabceNCA reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng may have to cough up more than R1-million in legal fees after a Labour Court ruling on Friday.  

mildredoliphantEWN reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has urged business leaders and government to finalise the national minimum wage legislation.  

healthcareBusinessLive writes that Dr Noxolo Mbadi cut an exhausted figure as she stood in the paediatric unit of Addington Hospital on Thursday, struggling to hold back tears as she laid bare the details of critical staff and equipment shortages at the public hospital.  

sapsTimesLive reports that Gauteng police said that they would be maintaining a "strong presence" in the Sandton CBD on Friday after clashes between Uber drivers and metered taxi drivers on Thursday night.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, points out that more than 22,000 mining employees presently have a so-called section 189 retrenchment notice in their hands.  

uberTimesLive reports that Sandton city streets resembled a war zone on Thursday evening as Uber taxi drivers embarked on a rampage.  

sabcNews24 reports that the Johannesburg Labour Court has found that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former head of news Simon Tebele and the SABC must each pay a portion of the legal costs for the wrongful dismissals of the so-called SABC8.  

angloamerican fullANA reports that an Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) employee has died from his injuries after suffering chemical burns in an accident at the company’s Precious Metals Refinery (PMR) in Rustenburg.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that more than 8‚000 jobs are on the line at state-owned rail company Transnet‚ where management is believed to be mooting a second round of retrenchments this year.  

ambulanceCape Times reports that the lives of those living in the most dangerous areas in Cape Town are at risk because it takes an average of two hours for paramedics to reach a patient in an emergency situation in a “red zone” community.  

sabcANA reports that the Labour Court on Wednesday heard that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting CEO Jimmy Matthews was responsible for the sacking of eight journalists in July 2016.  

healthcareNews24 reports that a parliamentary committee says the high vacancy rate at the troubled Addington Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has negatively impacted healthcare in the province.  

uctCape Times reports that according to University of Cape Town (UCT) workers and student activists they had no choice but to withdraw their planned strike over labour issues, after the university applied for a court interdict over two technicalities.  

psaThe New Age reports that the Public Servants Association of SA (PSA) on Tuesday said it has been lobbying a number of stakeholders, including Fedusa-aligned unions and Cosatu, ahead of wage talks at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).  

newsBusinessLive reports that on Wednesday, the High Court in Pretoria heard an application brought by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) against the longstanding CEO of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa), Phumzile Tshelane.  

farming thumb medium80 84ANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Union (Saftu) said on Tuesday that at least 123 farmworkers were on strike in Ventersdorp, in the North West, over union recognition and wages.  

southafricalogoBusiness Report writes that labour federations have called on the National Treasury to revisit submissions and engage meaningfully on the contentious sugar tax now that its implementation has been deferred.  

protestBusiness Report writes that next round of protests by the taxi industry will target vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Works (BAW), Sasol in Secunda and the Fourways Mall.  Further companies may be added to the list of targets.  

transhexBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on diamond mining company Trans Hex to surrender its mining licence amid its plan to retrench 332 employees at its ageing and loss-making Baken Mine in the Northern Cape.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) says it is not biased in its issuing of section 77 certificates, which protect workers embarking on socioeconomic protests.  

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

parliamentANA reports that Parliament’s Select Committee on Economic and Business Development on Tuesday said it was shocked and angered by claims that a farmer gave his workers “rotten meat” while feeding his caged lions with fresh chunks.  

ZululandUniversityThe Citizen reports that a former education lecturer at the University of Zululand (Unizulu) has opened criminal charges against the vice-chancellor, Prof Xoliswa Mtose, for tender rigging, contravention of the university’s supply-chain policy, fraud, irregular and wasteful expenditure, violating the higher education act and misrepresenting her CV.  

education90Cape Times reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has indicated its support for the government’s decision to appoint an “unqualified” person as Klipspruit West Secondary School’s principal despite the community objections.