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.

earningsBusinessLive reports that Woolworths Holdings’ decision to reduce the weighting of total shareholder return (TSR) in calculating long-term incentives for its executives has sparked fears that the executives are not expecting a recovery in the share price.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that the Treasury has delayed plans to set up a National Health Insurance (NHI) fund‚ saying it wants advice from the Davis tax committee on the feasibility of proposals to adjust the medical tax credits to finance it.  

farming thumb medium80 84TimesLive reports that the Western Cape is facing a jobs bloodbath, with 50‚000 workers in the agriculture sector in the region estimated to be in line to lose their jobs due to the drought.  

er24News24 reports that a man’s body was retrieved from a grain silo on a farm outside Springs on the East Rand on Tuesday morning.  

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) on Wednesday said that it was opposed to the plan by government to sell its Telkom shares, and was standing firm against the privatisation of state assets.  

SANParksSABC News reports that scores of tourists enroute to the Kruger National Park's Orpen gate through the R531 were left disappointed after they were forced to turn back and use other entrances to the park.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that Judge Hans Fabricius on Wednesday ruled in the High Court in Pretoria that former Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize had lacked the authority to suspend director-general Mkhuseli Apleni and declared that his suspension was unconstitutional and of no force and effect.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Bloomberg reports that platinum producer Lonmin should have its operations suspended in SA after years of failing to comply with its social and labour commitments, according to the community living around its mines.  

southafricalogoThe Department of Labour Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch will be hosting a session on employment equity (EE) with private and public sector employers and organised labour to establish why it is difficult to comply with EE legislation.  

SaftuANA reports that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said on Tuesday that it was expecting “business as usual” from Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s mini-budget and added that he was part of the country’s economic problems.  

panafricanBusinessLive reports that the directors of Pan African Resources (PAR) are at their wits’ end with disruption caused by 30 people at the site of their R1.7bn Elikhulu tailings project.  

Solidarity2Mining Weekly reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday submitted an urgent application to the Labour Court requesting a ruling regarding the validity of platinum producer Lonmin’s withdrawal of Solidarity’s recognition rights.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that Gauteng’s education department has still not appointed markers for this year’s matric exam papers, with unions expressing their worry about the delay because thousands of pupils have already started writing the exams.  

gunTimesLIve reports that police have launched a manhunt for a group of men who shot and killed a meter-taxi driver in Pine Avenue‚ Ferndale on Monday.  

PsetaBusinessLive reports that President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation allowing the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to look into allegations of unlawful and irregular transactions at the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA).  

handcuffsNews24 reports that an alleged cop killer remains behind bars after appearing in the Louis Trichardt Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.  

saa thumb medium95 76IOL News reports that South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed that its managers will not receive salary increases this year due to the financial constraints currently facing the embattled airliner.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 24 October 2017.

anglogoldashantiSABC News reports that two miners have been trapped underground after a rock fall at the AngloGold Ashanti Kopanang mine in Vaal Reefs near Klerksdorp in North West.  One body has been recovered.  

cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu said on Monday that it was looking ahead to the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) with some trepidation even though it hoped that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba would rise to the occasion.  

eskomFin24 reports that suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko’s disciplinary hearing will now only commence on 23 November, after only two witnesses have testified thus far.  

VantageGoldfieldsBusiness Report writes that Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Monday that Lily Mine in Barberton was expected to return to production.  

uberTimesLive reports that according to app-based taxi service Uber, the government must take a stronger stand to end the violence between its drivers and metered taxi drivers.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Daily Voice reports that Metrorail security guards in the Western Cape nabbed two would-be arsonists on Thursday when they allegedly tried to set carriage seats alight.  

mildredoliphantBusinessLive reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has engaged with labour federations about the unhealthy competition among unions on the platinum belt that has claimed six lives thus far and wants the Department of Mineral Resources to deal with the killings.  

limusaANA reports that the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA’s (Limusa’s) strike at Toyota Tsusho Africa in Durban, entered its fourth day on Monday.  

npaNews24 reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has declined to prosecute a 44-year-old school bus driver for the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old pupil earlier this month, due to a lack of evidence.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that former Eskom boss Brian Molefe insists that he was a permanent employee at Eskom and therefore qualified to be a member of its pension fund.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Mining Weekly reports that trade union Solidarity said in a statement on Monday that it had been informed by Lonmin that the platinum producer was planning to reduce its workforce by 1,139 workers before Christmas.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 23 October 2017.