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.

Tiger BrandsCity Press reports that up to 300 contractor or temporary jobs have been culled at four plants that Tiger Brands has shut down or where it has suspended operations as the food giant tries to contain the damage caused by its association with the listeriosis crisis.  

SteinhoffBusiness Times reports that troubled retailer Steinhoff' plans to reward its directors for doing an "exceptionally demanding" job despite the company wiping out almost €12-billion (about R174-billion) of shareholders' money in an accounting scandal last year.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has called for an urgent summit with labour, state-owned power utility Eskom and government to discuss renewable energy and jobs.  

concourtThe Star reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) is due to bring finality to the question of whether the singing of a struggle song with the lyrics “Kill the boer” is grounds for firing black workers for being racist.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80GroundUp reports that about 80 community healthcare workers marched to the Western Cape provincial legislature on Thursday demanding to be integrated as public servants in the Department of Health.  

numsaFin24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers of SA (Numsa) on Thursday called on its members to embark on a general strike on 25 April 2018 to defend the right to strike.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 22 March 2018.

earningsBusiness Report writes that the CEO of asset management company Sygnia, Magda Wierzycka, said on Thursday that the minimum living wage for South Africans should be R6,000 per month.  

MsunduziGroundup reports that a waste picker was killed by a trash compactor vehicle at the New England landfill site in Pietermaritzburg.  Nswaki Mahlakwane died on the scene when she was caught in the machine on 14 March.  

kznlogo thumb100 Timeslive reports that on the eve of Easter weekend the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) transport department is scrambling to ensure that Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officials will be patrolling freeways at night.  

JMPDThe Star reports that more than 100 unroadworthy minibus taxis have been impounded by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department since 1 March, including 26 in a blitz in Rosettenville on Tuesday.  

newsThe New Age reports that as SA marked Human Rights Day on Wednesday, the plight of sex workers was put under the spotlight by a survey entitled: ‘The Policing of Sex Work in South Africa’.  

SWEATTimeslive reports that the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (Sweat) on Tuesday approached the High Court in Pretoria to ask that the Primrose Community Police Forum (CPF) be interdicted from beating‚ threatening and using snakes or dogs against sex workers.  

fsblogoMoneyweb reports that in a bid to curb corruption in the pension fund industry, Dube Tshidi, the registrar of pension funds at the Financial Services Board (FSB), has issued a directive forbidding the giving or receiving of gifts.  

sapu thumb medium80 79ANA reports that the SA Policing Union (SAPU) on Wednesday criticised recent top brass police appointments, saying they were patronage awards to those loyal to national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole.  

RMBRand Merchant Bank (RMB) writes in a sponsored article that, as part of its strategy to stay at the leading edge of innovation, it is focusing on robotics as one of the ways in which to improve the bank’s overall performance and help digitise operations.  

gavel thumb100 SABC News reports that a Pretoria man accused of raping a domestic worker and forcing her to perform sexual acts on his dogs was due on Thursday to appear in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court for his final bail hearing.  

amcu thumb medium80 81SABC News reports that the march by the Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Tuesday to the Union Buildings was marred by new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s decision to leave the venue without receiving the union’s memorandum of demands.  

acsaBusinessLive reports that employees of the Airports Company of SA (Acsa) are campaigning to remove Bongani Maseko, CEO of the state-owned company, based on forensic reports that recommended disciplinary action against him and three senior managers.  

news shutterstockIn our morning roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared on Tuesday, 20 March
and Wednesday, 21  March 2018.

joburgcityTimeslive reports that City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday that a manager who helped a company without relevant experience land a lucrative contract has been dismissed.  

mantasheBusinessLive writes that new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has muddied the waters around ownership levels in mining at a time when he is setting out to create certainty after years of instability under his predecessor.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that the implementation of the national minimum wage (NMW) could be postponed after interested parties warned that the process to give effect to the policy was in danger of not passing constitutional muster. 

sanral thumb100 eNCA reports that the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has condemned the use of violence by striking workers at a tollgate in northern KwaZulu-Natal.  

earningsANA reports that a report by investment firm 10X Investment shows that enduring pay disparities between males and females mean that many women in South Africa were not able to retire comfortably.  

northwestprovinceANA reports that public servants from the North West health department demanded on Tuesday that the provincial premier, Supra Mahumapelo, must go.  

numsaANA reports that hundreds of members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) marched on Wednesday to the Gauteng Legislature in Johannesburg to hand over a memorandum demanding that government should end “slavery” labour laws.  

SARSFin24 reports that trade unions have broadly welcomed the suspension on Tuesday of SA Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner Tom Moyane, saying that his tenure directly affected the “economy and the people as a whole”.  

earningsWith the implementation date for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) looming, companies and businesses that cannot afford the prescribed R20 minimum wage have urged to apply for exemption with the Department of Labour via the soon to be launched online system.  

santacoEWN reports that the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has given the Ekurhuleni Municipality 30 days to meet its demands, failing which it will launch a violent strike.