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.

sandu1The Citizen reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) plans to take the defence department to court over a unilateral decision to halve the limit of weekly overtime hours.  

picNews24 reports that the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) acting CEO Matshepo More has been placed on precautionary suspension, following allegations that she was interfering in processes related to the ongoing commission of inquiry into the asset manager.  

nehawu80Fin24 reports that members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) will be pressing ahead with a strike at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on Thursday, the union said in a statement on Tuesday.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 26 March 2019.

sapuTimesLIVE reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says SA Policing Union (Sapu) president Mpho Kwinika's arrest coincided with calls by union members for the state presidency to probe police corruption.  

CapeTownlogoANA reports that the City of Cape Town said on Tuesday it would be appointing a team of rail professionals to assist its transport directorate with business plans to take over passenger rail management from the national government.  

SARSANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) said the likelihood that a strike at the SA Revenue Service (SARS) could be averted was high following two days of “informal discussions” that could see a deal struck on Tuesday night.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that the number of employed South Africans rose by 87,000 in the fourth quarter of 2018.  

sapuTimesLIVE reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has expressed shock and “disgust” at allegations that the president of the SA Policing Union (Sapu), Mpho Kwinika, was "assaulted" by police officers at the weekend.  

newsNews24 reports that a man was killed in a "freak accident" while driving a grass-cutting tractor in Emfuleni.  

southafricalogoDaily Maverick reports that the Department of Labour’s (DoL’s) uFiling system has been offline since 22 February, leaving jobless citizens unable to apply for compensation from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).  

numsaCarmel Rickard reports that in a case certain to intrigue many, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) recently found itself in an unusual role — as an employer in dispute with a union organiser who challenged an alleged unfair labour practice.  

CSIRMail & Guardian reports that close to 100 jobs at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are on the line as the research centre undergoes restructuring.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press Business reports that the company that had sealed an agreement to buy a 74% shareholding in Vantage Goldfields this month lodged an urgent court application to enforce the transfer of the shares and avert liquidation of the gold mining company.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that a court ruling on Friday was the latest of a series of legal setbacks for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in its protracted wage strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines.  

employment thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) on Friday gazetted the creation of the 155ha Nkomazi special economic zone (SEZ) in Mpumalanga.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) went on strike on Monday at BMW South Africa (BMWSA) over changes to terms of employment at the company’s Rosslyn plant in Pretoria.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) has sounded the alarm over the threat posed to employment and production in the gold and platinum mining sectors as a result of recently approved electricity tariff increases, including the 13.8% hike to be implemented from 1 April.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 25 March 2019.

groupfiveBusiness Report writes that Group Five might need to retrench more people than it had anticipated before the group went into business rescue, the business rescue practitioners have indicated in a statement.  

southafricalogoANA reports that several officials of the Department of Small Business Development have been suspended with immediate effect after there were serious allegations of corruption within the unit responsible for incentive scheme administration.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Reuters reports that platinum producer Lonmin, which is being bought by Sibanye-Stillwater, said in a statement on Monday that it did not have sufficient liquidity to fund the new projects needed to avoid shaft closures and job losses.  

numEWN reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has denied reports claiming that President Cyril Ramaphosa told the labour union that Eskom would not be able to pay salaries next month.  

groupfiveEngineering News reports that the joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for Group Five and Group Five Construction on Monday confirmed that subsidiary companies of those entities would continue to operate as going concerns.  

VadiThe Citizen reports that there appears to be no end in sight for the feud between Soweto taxi operators as one of the parties remains headstrong in agreeing on a proposed route plan.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that employees at the West Rand District municipality on the outskirts of Johannesburg have been left in the lurch after not having been paid their salaries.  

SARSEWN reports that management of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) was due on Monday to meet with representatives of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and the Public Servants Association of SA (PSA) in an attempt to avert a wage strike by employees.  

newsEWN reports that authorities have expressed concern by the increase in attacks on commuters in Cape Town.  

southafricalogoThe Sunday Times reports that according to unions, the move to save billions of rands by the end of March 2021 by cutting the government's bloated wage bill could cost SA dearly in loss of skilled personnel and institutional knowledge.  

graduate thumb100 Independent News reports that the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) last week adopted the National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill, which will name and shame those using fraudulent academic qualifications.