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.

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that a R7bn pension fund is at the heart of a legal challenge by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) against Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Cooperation (SABC) announced on Thursday that it would be establishing two commissions of inquiry.  

gautengBusinessLive reports that the Gauteng health department has moved to defuse tension with unions, which led to last week’s violent protests at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, by undertaking to pay outstanding staff bonuses by the end of June.  

protestGroundUp reports that about 200 farmworkers supported by the Women on Farms Project marched to the offices of Agri-Western Cape in Paarl on Tuesday.  

presidencyEWN reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa says government has put youth unemployment at the top of its national agenda.  

vavi1News24 reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has condemned the privatisation of energy generation to "capitalist companies" and expressed its support for a call for social ownership of the renewable energy project.  

Sibanye StillwaterReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that a miner has been killed in a rockfall at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein gold mine.  

wsuniversity thumb100 DispatchLive reports that all Walter Sisulu University (WSU) workers have been barred from entering campus premises.  Vice chancellor Professor Rob Midgley issued the “lock out notice” to workers on Wednesday evening, highlighting that it was effective from midnight on Wednesday.  

IDCBusinessLive reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of eight Gupta-owned companies have been elbowed out of managing Shiva Uranium following court action by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).  

protestEWN reports that according to the Gauteng Health Department, all services at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg were back to normal on Friday morning following a shutdown of the facility due to violent protests.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
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Thursday, 31 May 2018.

concourtTimeslive reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) heard on Thursday that it should adopt a position that if racism was proved in the workplace‚ dismissal should follow as a result unless there were exceptional circumstances.  

newsThe Star reports that the families of three miners assumed to have died in the Lily Mine disaster in Mpumalanga, have been compensated – two years later.  

protestTimeslive reports that protesting workers trashed the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday in a dispute over unpaid bonuses.  

kznlogo thumb100 ANA reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) on Wednesday emphasised government's commitment to ensuring a safe and secure environment for the Auditor-General's work.  

concourteNCA reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) was due on Thursday to hear an application about whether workers can be fired for singing certain struggle songs.  

numEWN reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says that two years after the disappearance of three workers at Lily Mine, government has failed to hold to account the Australian mining company responsible for the deadly rock fall.  

northwestprovinceNews24 reports that North West Social Development MEC Hoffman Galeng has been meeting with the provincial Nehawu leadership over the past two weeks to resolve the disruption of health services in the province.  

ShopriteNews24 reports that retail company Shoprite has been accused of using "dirty tricks" when dealing with striking workers at its Centurion warehouse.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will discuss job losses in the industry, the health and safety of workers and corruption at state-owned companies at its national congress next month  

SaftuThe Citizen reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is preparing to fight the National Minimum Wage Bill passed by the National Assembly this week with mass mobilisation that will culminate in a two-day national strike.  

saccawu thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the SA Commercial Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) said on Wednesday that employees who were retrenched by Woolworths for not accepting the terms of the conversion to flexitime in 2012 must be reinstated.  

kznlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, said on Wednesday that there would be no bonuses or salary increases for employees at municipalities that performed poorly.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that former transport minister Joe Maswanganyi has been appointed as the new chairman of Parliament’s portfolio committee on public service and administration.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 30 May 2018.

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that one person has died and four others were injured in a suspected arson attack on a commuter train at Ottery Station in Cape Town.  

parliamentFin24 reports that Optimum Coal Mine and the Shiva Uranium Mine, once owned by the Gupta family’s Tegeta Exploration and Resources, have been guilty of operational non-compliance for breaking mining regulations and posing risks to workers.  

saceTimeslive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has laid criminal charges against SA Council for Educators (SACE) officials for failure to adequately vet teachers.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday it was worried about the fate of its members at JIC Mining Services.  

gautrainFin24 reports that frustrated Gautrain commuters have complained that frequent delays on the routes are causing a loss in productivity, missed meetings and longer working hours.