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.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that three police officers attached to the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Taxi Violence Unit have been granted bail of R10,000 each following their appearance on Monday in the Durban Magistrate's Court on charges of corruption.  

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reports that according to Labour Registrar Advocate Lehlohonolo Molefe, over 200 South African unions have to change their constitutions to include balloting before strikes are declared or face deregistration.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that the strike at the SA Revenue Service (SARS) ended on Tuesday with both of the unions at the tax agency having settled on an offer that increases their wages and other benefits.  

newsANA reports that Nobel laureate Paul Romer on Monday described South Africa as an "economic disappointment", citing the high levels of unemployment among the country's youth, calling it a "human catastrophe".  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLIVE reports that striking King Sabata Dalindyebo municipal workers on Monday morning trashed several busy streets in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.  

amcu thumb medium80 81TimesLIVE reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will be continuing with its four-month wage strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations.  

handshake thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has signed a settlement offer made by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) and is officially no longer a part of the wage strike at the tax agency. 

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 1 April 2019.

numsaEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has accused the police and steel producer ArcelorMittal of colluding to unleash a fury of violence against striking workers and community members in Boipatong.  

numSowetan reports that according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the death on Thursday of Thomas Maluleke in a fall of ground incident at Modikwa Platinum Mine in Limpopo brought to 11 the total number of fatalities at the mine between 2003 and this year.  

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) on Monday blasted the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) over inadequate staffing after a female prison warder was stabbed to death during a hostage ordeal at the Goedemoed Medium Correctional Centre.  

ramaphosa2SowetanLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa told dozens of women and civil organisations on Thursday that the government was looking into decriminalising sex work.  

CapeTownlogoANA reports that the City of Cape Town council has approved R13.78 million to upskill participants in its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), with 170 set to receive SA Qualifications Authority-accredited training and skills development in the first project.  

newsThe Star reports that troubled mining company Central Rand Gold (CRG) has left more than 100 workers in limbo after it shut its gates without giving them notice.  

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reported on Monday that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) was due later in the day to update its members about the ongoing workers’ strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations.  

SARSSowetanLive reports that according to the SA Revenue Service (SARS), a wage settlement with its representative unions, the Public Servants Association (PSA) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), was "imminent".  

SA ExpressCity Press reports that a SA Express board committee has approved a move to cut jobs at the struggling airline following a request made by acting boss Siza Mzimela.  

ambulanceEWN reports that the Khayelitsha Health Forum has scheduled a meeting with police, the Khayelitsha community policing forum and local neighbourhood watch groups to set up teams that will be available 24 hours a day to safely escort ambulances to their patients in the area.  

santacoSABC News reports that according to taxi organisation Santaco, a taxi fare increase might be on the cards in light of the steep fuel hike that will take effect on Wednesday.  

healthcareEWN reports that according to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, the government is serious about rolling out the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme across the country in the next five years.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Times reports that rail safety authorities in Cape Town shifted their focus last week to train patrols and to opposing bail applications following a recent increase in reported robberies of commuters.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 29 March 2019.

ICASAEngineering News reports that the information and communications technology (ICT) sector remains one of the biggest employers and contributors to SA’s mainstream economy, the ‘State of ICT 2019’ report shows.  

mtnMoneyweb reports that MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter was paid R42.9 million in the financial year ended 31 December 2018, up from R40.6 million in 2017.  

DisChemANA reports that Dis-Chem and the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) on Thursday announced that they had reached an agreement to end a strike that commenced in November last year.  

BankservAfricaFin24 reports that according to well-known economist Mike Schüssler, there has been an ongoing decline in the number of salary payments going through the SA banking system, which could point to retrenchments.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that employees at the SA Revenue Service (SARS) are expected to continue with their wage strike on Monday, which will coincide with the release of the preliminary results of revenue collection for 2018/2019.  

handcuffsSunday Tribune reports that at least five factories were set alight, with one completely destroyed, at Mandeni’s Isithebe Industrial Estate on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) north coast last week.  

picBloomberg reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has granted the judicial commission of inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) an extra three months in which to finish its investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at the pension fund asset manager.  

Michael MasuthuNews24 reports that Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha wants answers about a hostage situation on Friday at the Goedemoed prison in the Free State in which an inmate stabbed a female warder to death and reportedly raped the surviving victim, also a warden at the facility.