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.

eskomEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says its members view Eskom’s decision to not pay bonuses as a declaration of war and a deal breaker in the ongoing wage negotiations.  

newsSowetan reports that relatives of workers who perished in a Limpopo copper mine last week have accused the company of leaving them in debt, after it did not pay for funeral costs as it had apparently promised.  

JMPDThe Star reports that the taxi driver arrested for allegedly knocking down a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) traffic officer and assaulting her now faces a more serious charge.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that a new government recruitment scheme, launched on Wednesday, was met with mixed reactions from the unemployed graduates supposed to benefit from it.  

goldbarsMining Weekly reports that the third round of gold mining sector wage negotiations took place on Wednesday, at which the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) was peppered with questions by unions seeking to gain clarity about feedback on their demands.  

eskomIn a short letter to the editor, MP Michael Bagraim, who is the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) labour spokesman, writes bluntly that Eskom should embark on mass retrenchments.  

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

effSowetanLive reports that a number of leading businesses in East London were forced to shut their doors on Tuesday when EFF supporters marched to their premises protesting against alleged exploitation of workers by these companies.  

UguTimeslive reports that the water supply on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) south coast was held hostage on Wednesday by a group of protesters in the Harding community.  

sapsSABC News reports that responding to questions from sex workers at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkhongi said he supported calls for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa.  

gautrainThe Citizen reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) is hopeful about resolving a wage deadlock with the Bombela Operating Company, which runs the Gautrain, despite a last-minute cancellation of a meeting scheduled for Thursday.  

strike thumb medium85 85Theto Mahlakoana analyses the Department of Labour’s recently released 2017 Industrial Action report and concludes that the report shows once more that there are no winners when workers head for the picket line, but the biggest loser is labour.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that in light of the growing number of fatalities in SA mines, the Minerals Council SA (formerly called the Chamber of Mines) plans to launch a national campaign of Safety and Health Days in Mining, in mid-August.  

newsBusinessLive reports that recruitment group Workforce Holdings has acquired the Dyna Group for nearly R80m in cash as it looks to increase its exposure to training services.  

goldbarsANA reports that trade unions were expected to formally respond to wage offers tabled by gold producers when the third round of negotiations resumed on Wednesday.  

telkom thumb100 Moneyweb reports that Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko earned total remuneration of R27.2m in the 2018 financial year to 31 March, up from R25.9m a year ago.  

southafricalogoANA reports that that the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) was due on Wednesday to launch a public service graduate recruitment scheme in a bid to tackle high level of graduate unemployment in SA.  

atmBusinessLive reports that a technological battle to fight back against brazen cash-in-transit robbers has begun.  

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that on Tuesday the High Court in Pretoria granted an urgent provisional liquidation order against TNA Media, which owns the newspaper Afro Voice (previously known as The New Age).  

NBCRFLIBusinessLive reports that trade unions representing workers in the road freight and logistics industry have warned of a strike that could affect key industries in SA’s economy.  

gunNews24 reports that a security guard was shot dead when a gang of 15 men robbed a Shoprite supermarket in Heidelberg, south of Johannesburg, on Friday evening.  

NaspersFin24 reports that Naspers has denied that its CEO Bob van Dijk earned R1.6bn in the year ended March 2018, indicating that he has not yet cashed in his share options.  

southafricalogoThe Star reports that survivors of the Marikana massacre have accused the government of seeking to settle only part of their claims for the tragedy.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that repairs to the two platforms at Cape Town station damaged during a fire last week were completed on Tuesday.  

miners2City Press reports that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed new technology to address the safety issues in South Africa’s mines.  

arcelormittalEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity has called ArcelorMittal SA’s (AMSA’s) proposed wage offer for this year “nothing but a slap in the face of hard-working employees”.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that a staggering 3,639 work stoppages, dating back to September last year, have affected many public hospitals in the troubled Gauteng health department.  

pandorSowetan reports that on Friday Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, announced a 23-member reference group that would ensure that recognition of prior learning (RPL) was realised.  

telkom thumb100 BusinessLive reports that Telkom paid about R36m less to executives in the 2018 financial year, though CEO Sipho Maseko received 5% more.  

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that up to 101,669 jobs could be created during the first five years of construction of the Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park (LEIP), which will be located in Musina.