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.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 12 December 2017.

Solidarity2Pretoria News reports that the Department of Education (DBE) has denied what it said were insinuations by some school principals that 1,800 Gauteng teachers would lose their jobs next year.  

miner thumb medium90 104GroundUp reports that Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources Godfrey Oliphant told Parliament’s portfolio committee on mines last Friday that private litigation “is a flawed solution to the problem of justice for workers who contract occupational disease” and that he had been “discomfited” by the past experience of the asbestos relief trusts.  

VUTTimesLive reports that after accidentally being exposed to HIV‚ a lecturer chose to return to his family home to deal with the trauma, but before he could recover he was dismissed by the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).  

chickensReuters reports that the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has asked the SA government to seek "urgent comment" after a report indicated that thousands of workers in Brazil's meat and poultry sectors were victims of forced labour and inhumane work conditions.  

newsTerry Bell writes that nearly 24 years down the line, a number of former Midrand municipal workers who were controversially sacked after a strike in 1994, might be getting their jobs back.  

meibcThe Star reports that the practice of companies dismissing employees through alleged fraudulent liquidation scams is playing itself out in a case before the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  

limusaANA reports that the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa) said on Monday that it would proceed indefinitely with its wage strike at Agni Steel SA in Port Elizabeth.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that train services on Cape Town's central line remained suspended on Tuesday after thousands of commuters were left in the lurch on Monday.  

DenelEWN reports that the United Association of SA (Uasa) has warned that Denel’s cash flow problems might result in more than 4,000 employees not being paid their December salaries.  

miner thumb medium90 104GroundUp reports that a settlement between thousands of ill gold miners and the gold mining industry is possible before the end of the year, according to one of the attorneys for the mineworkers.  

PSCBCBusinessLive reports that the government has rejected most of the wage and conditions of employment demands tabled by public sector labour unions at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).  

witsuniversityBusinessLive reports that four labour unions representing workers at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) are due to approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) this week, to lodge a wage dispute.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLive reports that the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCCI’s) response to Metrorail's decision to suspend services on the busy central line in Cape Town on Monday was that “the criminals have won."  

sabcANA reports that two trade unions at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Monday threatened to resume their strike against a proposed salary increment following another impasse with the employer.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92City Press recounts some of the tales of violence in schools that teachers related last week.  Pupils slap, stab, threaten and throw chairs at teachers.  

miners2BusinessLive reports that a small device, with an aerial the size of an adult’s forefinger and a wafer-thin circuit board the width and length of a matchbox, could crack open the problem of finding mine workers lost in underground rockfalls.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that the Western Cape emergency services have warned that staff won’t be able to enter some areas should they be declared Red Zones.  This came after a crew was robbed over the weekend and another had to escape community members.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24Wire reports that Metrorail Western Cape announced on Monday the suspension of all trains running on the central line, which services areas such as Khayelitsha, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Bishop Lavis and Langa, until further notice.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA reports that labour federation Fedusa said on Monday it would be meeting with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) on how to protect workers’ pensions hit by a heavy sell-off in the securities of beleaguered retailer Steinhoff.  

KaiserChiefsSunday World reports that a rebellion over an annual increase and a Christmas bonus at Kaizer Chiefs has erupted at the club's headquarters in Naturena.  

concourtTimesLive reports on the view of former Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob that if there was one thing the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) still needed to rectify, it was the decriminalisation of prostitution.  

medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that the Department of Health says it will wrap up the placement of final-year medical students in their internship posts this Friday.  

GeneralMotorsBusiness Report writes that the vehicle manufacturing industry shed 823 jobs in the third quarter of this year, which was partly the result of retrenchments caused by the decision by General Motors SA (GMSA) to disinvest from SA.  

prasaANA reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and the United National Transport Union (Untu), its passenger rail sector affiliate, have expressed outrage at the appointment of Cromet Molepo as acting CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).  

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

gunNews24 reports that police said on Saturday that a Durban taxi driver had been shot and killed by his own passenger.  

sapsMaroela Media reports that in a report released last week on the career prospects that the SA Police Service (SAPS) offers to its non-commissioned officers, trade union Solidarity painted a bleak picture.  

GEPFBusinessLive reports that according to the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), public servants need not fear that their pensions would be negatively affected by the spectacular crash of the Steinhoff share price last week.  

minerBloomberg News reports that for the first time in almost a decade, more people are dying in South African mines, the world’s deepest and among the most dangerous.