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.

parliamentThe Sunday Times reports that Parliament’s executive managers have received more than R2m in salary increases backdated to April last year.  This has raised the ire of staff who say their bosses had previously agreed to forfeit such hikes because there was no money.  

telkom thumb100 The Sunday Independent reports on a “unilateral” restructuring process undertaken by Telkom that resulted in hundreds of permanent employees being outsourced on short-term contracts.  

boardroomtableMail & Guardian reports that public sector unions are bracing themselves for a stand-off with the government because they fear Ayanda Dlodlo, the new minister of public service and administration, will present a lower wage offer than the one put on the table by her predecessor, Faith Muthambi.  

BusinessLive reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has requested the chair of the Davis Tax Committee‚ Judge Dennis Davis‚ to appoint a panel of independent experts to review the current list of zero-rated items.  

saccawu thumb100 News24 reports that Shoprite employees nationwide embarked on a two-day protest on Wednesday and Thursday to demand better working hours, permanent jobs and provision of late-night transport.  

newsNews24 reports that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Thursday warned that two individuals were scamming young people by promising them fake jobs at the organisation.  

numsaANA reports the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa’s) legal bid to prevent the Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe and Eskom from concluding agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) has been struck off the roll as the application was found to be not urgent.  

miner thumb medium90 104Bloomberg reports that the number of people killed in South African mines has reached 22 this year, as mining companies struggle to improve on their safety record in 2017, when deaths increased for the first time in a decade.  

UNTUGroundUp reports that on Wednesday the United National Transport Union (UNTU) declared a dispute with Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) over a deadlock reached in the 2018 wage negotiations.  

southafricalogoTimeslive reports that the Department of Labour (DOL) has launched an investigation into a building collapse in Jacobs‚ south of Durban‚ which claimed the lives of three construction workers on Wednesday.  

nedlacBusinessLive reports that Madoda Vilakazi, executive director of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), has said that the Department of Labour’s bungling of draft policy agreements reached at the institution undermines its work.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 28 March 2018.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that 12 Mnquma Municipality officials have been accused of fraud and corruption after allegedly flouting tender processes, the Hawks in the Eastern Cape have said.  

earningsTimeslive reports that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has waded into the debate around equal pay for men and women in the private sector‚ saying employers did not need the law to change this situation.  

Mathunjwa2The New Age reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), has called for increased beneficiation in the mining sector so that more jobs could be created.  

gavel thumb100 EWN reports that the two-day bail hearing of seven mine workers accused of orchestrating the murders of union leaders in and around Marikana was due to begin in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.  

amcu thumb medium80 81EWN reports that according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the deaths of two workers at Harmony Gold’s Joel Mine in the Free State could have been avoided.  

numsaANA reports that the High Court in Pretoria has heard an application by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to prevent the energy minister and Eskom from concluding agreements with 27 independent power producers (IPP) pending a separate, related court case.  

strike thumb medium85 85Daily News reports that Shoprite Checkers workers have embarked on a three-day strike, which started on Wednesday and will end on Friday.  

Stats SAThe New Age reports that more than half a million children in South Africa, some as young as seven, were being used for child labour in 2015.  

SadagBusinessLive reports that many medical scheme members with mental illness are being forced to dig deep into their own pockets to foot their bills and are delaying or stopping treatment when the money runs out.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that Vuyani Jarana, CEO of South African Airways (SAA), warned on Tuesday that the lack of capacity and skills at executive level was a risk to the airline’s three-year turnaround plan.  

free stateNews24 reports that the Free State government has instructed all government officials to abandon their posts on Wednesday to bid farewell to outgoing premier Ace Magashule and welcome the new premier Sisi Ntombela.  

SACAAThe New Age reports that the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has ordered two training institutions, accused of not offering sufficient training to airport security trainees, to stop all training until an investigation has been completed.  

pscEWN reports that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has expressed concern about the high vacancy rate in some government departments, specifically about positions that have not been filled for a period of time.  

cosatuFin24 reports that labour federation Cosatu said on Tuesday that it was disappointed that government would not be able to implement the national minimum wage (NMW) by the original 1 May deadline, but that this presented an opportunity to perfect the applicable draft laws.  

harmonyNews24 reports that two people have been killed following a "seismic related fall" at one of Harmony Gold’s mines in Welkom.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 27 March 2018.

SaftuThe Citizen reports that general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), Zwelinzima Vavi, said on Tuesday that it was an indictment for unions and formations representing marginalised people that half of the country’s workforce earned below R3,400.  

capetown thumb100 The New Age reports that tourism directly employed 686,596 people in 2016, an increase of 2.7% or 17,945 employees compared with 2015, a Statistics SA report indicated on Monday.