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.

cosatuIn a comprehensive analysis, Amy Musgrave writes that labour federation Cosatu has come out of its 13th national congress emboldened by the idea that things can only get better and at some level this is true.  

MantasheReuters reports that Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe unveiled a new mining charter on Thursday, a crucial step to attracting further investment to a sector laid low by depressed prices, soaring costs and murky policy.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive writes that the significant decline in the number of employed South Africans is set to influence proceedings at next week’s jobs summit significantly.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that the CCMA has granted certificates of nonresolution of a dispute to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in respect of gold wage negotiations with Sibanye-Stillwater.  

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that firefighters at 30 stations across Cape Town held a lunchtime picket on Wednesday over their working conditions, including the lack of danger pay, promotion obstacles and the decreasing rate of pay for 24-hour shifts.  

BankservAfricaFin24 reports that backdated salary payments in the public sector in August continued to spur the increase in BankservAfrica’s (BSA’s) Take-home Pay Index.  

goldbarsANA reports that wage negotiations in the gold mining sector between three gold producers and four trade unions have yet to yield results.  

Stats SABusiness Report writes that SA’s troubled economy continues to bleed jobs, with the battered manufacturing sector letting go of 13,000 workers in the second quarter of the year.  

handcuffsTimeslive reports that four prison officials have been arrested for helping an inmate from the Boksburg Correctional Centre make an escape‚ the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said on Wednesday.  

JMPDTimeslive reports that a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer is in a stable condition after she accidentally shot herself following a high speed chase after a criminal.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that while the Department of Health is fighting trade unions in court over the safety of the Civitas building that house its headquarters in Pretoria, its officials admitted to the worrying state of the building months ago.  

parliamentNews24 reports that a police officer faces disciplinary proceedings after a parliamentary official committed suicide on the legislature's precinct two weeks ago – an incident which has raised security concerns at the national key point.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 26 September 2018.

sabcBusinessLive reports that the looming retrenchments at the cash-strapped SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will affect all occupational levels, including senior management, parliament heard on Tuesday.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that the pay for prescribed officers of companies — typically executives who are in a position to influence management of the enterprise — will have to be disclosed in the audited annual financial statements if proposed amendments to the Companies Act become law.  

sabcTimeslive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) needs urgent financial help otherwise it may not be able to pay salaries in November – a situation which has already hit independent producers.  

MantasheMining Weekly reports that Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe will on Thursday morning brief members of the media on the finalised version of the Mining Charter.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that employment in SA's non-agricultural formal sector dropped by 69,000 between March and June 2018, Statistics SA announced on Wednesday in its latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) bulletin.  

sapsPretoria News reports on the case of a former station commander at the Germiston police station who instituted a damages claim against the police force and a fellow officer after he was bad-mouthed in a document issued to his superiors.  

northencapelogoSABC News reports that the Northern Cape Artisanal Small Scale Miners organisation is assisting illegal diamond miners in the Namaqualand region to obtain mining permits.  

DenelBusinessLive reports that cash-strapped arms manufacturer Denel has not yet received the additional R1bn guarantee it has requested from the government, a move that could have serious implications for its cash flow.  

AlexanderForbesBusiness Report writes that sacked Alexander Forbes boss Andrew Darfoor indicated on Tuesday that he would be fighting his instant dismissal.  

KPMGBloomberg reports that KPMG in SA is continuing to lose staff and clients more than a year after issuing a public apology for some of the work it did in the country, according to sources familiar with the matter.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that many licensing and registration applications are not being processed at the Civitas Building headquarters of the health department in Pretoria while staff are protesting the “unsafe” condition of the building.  

sabcTimeslive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it will scrupulously follow the Labour Relations Act (LRA) in respect of possible retrenchments at the financially struggling public broadcaster.  

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has hit its first stumbling block over its proposed consolidation of all the medical schemes for public servants with the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems).  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92SowetanLive reports that the family of Gadimang Mokolobate, the teacher who was stabbed to death at school, allegedly by a pupil, could not hide their anger during his funeral service at the weekend.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 25 September 2018.

newsBusinessLive reports that a labour advocate has warned that the legalisation of private marijuana use does not mean an employee cannot be fired for arriving at work stoned.  

gavel thumb100 Daily Dispatch reports that the Department of Basic Education in the Eastern Cape has confirmed that one of its teachers is facing trial on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.