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.

gavel thumb100 TimesLive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng has failed to escape personal liability for the legal costs associated with a 2016 ban on coverage of violent protests ahead of the 2016 local government elections.  

protestGroundUp reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has ruled that the failure to give notice of a protest should not be made a criminal offense.  

ImperialFinancial Mail reports that shareholders at transport and logistics group Imperial are clearly unimpressed by the hefty increases awarded executives as part of the restructuring of the group into two entities, Motus and Imperial Logistics.  

CapeTownlogoGroundUp reports that dozens of City of Cape Town employees marched to the Civic Centre in Cape Town on Friday to demand permanent employment and the right to join unions.  

goldfieldsBusinessLive reports that gold producer Sibanye-Stillwater faces a strike from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over unhappiness with a wage increase settled with other unions.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom said on Monday that it was going ahead with plans to flatten its top structure and merge certain divisions in its quest to enhance operational and cost efficiencies.  

newsEngineering News reports that Barloworld Automotive had been forced to reduce its headcount by around 1,000 people over an 18-month period, CEO Keith Rankin said on Monday.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that in an effort to address high youth unemployment, the government plans to change public service regulations to allow for recruitment in all entry-level posts in the public service without prior experience.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 19 November 2018.

SAWEAEngineering News reports that the SA Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has defended the industry’s job creation potential.  

unisaPretoria News reports that the University of SA (Unisa) employee exposed as the source of scores of fake news stories with the potential to divide South Africans along racial lines will be subjected to internal investigations.  

Sibanye StillwaterTimesLive reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater on Monday confirmed it had received a strike notice from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that a teacher has raked in more than R1-million in salary for doing nothing, following a long-drawn-out fallout with a principal and the school governing body.  

irvinjimFin24 reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), the "disastrous" Independent Power Producers (IPPs) programme to be implemented by power utility Eskom could cost the country thousands of jobs.  

ShopriteSowetanLive reports that some 40 Gauteng persons are starving and trapped in the Western Cape with no money to return home after working for three months without pay.  

samwu thumb medium80 78The Sunday Independent reported on Sunday that the West Rand District Municipality was still locked in a stalemate with the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) over non-payment to third parties of contributions in respect of employees.  

parliamentThe Star reported last week that horse groomers who went on a strike in Johannesburg in June over wages and working conditions might not be better off any time soon as there is confusion over which government department they fall under.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom group CE Phakamani Hadebe has vowed to root out corruption at the power utility, vowing that the executive would leave no stone unturned in its efforts to clean up the state-owned enterprise.  

earningsANA reports that the Independent Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has recommended to President Cyril Ramaphosa that all politicians from councillors up to the head of state receive a 4% salary hike.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Bloomberg reports that Sibanye Gold faces the prospect of a strike after the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) demanded a better wage offer for its members.  

sabcNews24 reports that unions are threatening to strike if the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) does not address their concerns, including doing away with retrenchments.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the Gauteng education department on Friday expelled a Soweto pupil who had thrown a stone (other reports indicate a brick) at a teacher, causing the teacher to suffer minor injuries.  

numANA reports that more than 100 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members marched on Saturday to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to hand over a memorandum protesting against Eskom’s plans to retrench workers.  

DisChemANA reports that Dis-Chem has apologised to customers and fellow retailers for the inconvenience experienced at a few shopping centres this past weekend after some workers went on strike and protested at outlets.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mail & Guardian reports that ousted Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) branch leaders are taking their battle with the “autocratic” union leadership to court.  

healthcareANA reports that National Treasury on Friday announced it had made “substantial” progress in key areas in respect of National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill consultation and had reached agreement on most of the major issues.  

eskomBloomberg reports that Eskom is proposing executive job cuts and a reorganisation of management units in an effort to improve the power utility's financial position.  

coalSunday Tribune reports that former coal mine workers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), who are suffering from silicosis, are planning a class-action lawsuit against a company that allegedly forced them to work in unsafe working conditions.  

LotusFMSunday Tribune reports that a former Lotus FM manager said senior officials from the Department of Communications were “mortified” after he disclosed, at a recent meeting, how managers at the radio station had allegedly sexually harassed colleagues.  

goldfieldsBloomberg reports that Gold Fields is having to sneak maintenance teams into its South Deep mine after protesters shot at vehicles trying to enter the site, where workers have been on strike since 2 November 2018.