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.

satawu thumb medium90 101News24 reports that four toll booth operators were injured on Tuesday in violent attacks at the Mvoti Toll Plaza in KwaDukuza, north of Durban.  According to the police, the operators' protesting colleagues assaulted them.  

ProductivitySABusinessLive reports that Productivity SA, the Department of Labour entity responsible for helping struggling companies reverse their fortunes, has found itself in a financial crisis that could force it to retrench staff.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that Statistics SA reported on Tuesday that consumer inflation slowed to 4% in February — from 4.4% in January — beating economists’ consensus of 4.2%.  

protestEWN reports that on Tuesday the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) in the North West will march in Mahikeng against corruption and to call on Premier Supra Mahumapelo to take their demands seriously.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107Timeslive reports that commuters throughout the City of Ekurhuleni will be left stranded on Tuesday morning due to a strike by the taxi industry.  

suninternationalReuters reports that Sun International’s chief executive announced on Monday that the hotel and casino operator had closed loss-making operations to cut debt after reporting a drop in full-year adjusted earnings.  

numsaEngineering News reports that the SA Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has dismissed as a “falsehood” claims by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and Transform RSA that the 27 renewable-energy projects, will raise the cost of electricity in SA.  

gautengANA reports that the Gauteng Department of Health has welcomed a court order that striking pathology must officers resume their duties, saying it had addressed all their concerns.  

education90The New Age reports that violence against teachers has drawn widespread condemnation from teacher unions and professional bodies.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that motorist using the following tollgates on Monday, namely N1 South Grasmere Plaza to Free State, N4 Magalies towards Rustenburg and N2 from Mthunzini to Othangathi, might not need to pay the tollgate fare.  

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that the 45-year-old man who allegedly raped his domestic worker and forced her to perform oral sex on his dog claims to have been in a romantic relationship with the victim.  

handcuffsTimeslive reports that nine government officials have been arrested for allegedly illegally releasing 36 female parolees over a period of more than a year.  This was announced by the police‚ the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Correctional Services in Pretoria on Monday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The New Age writes that for many teachers entering a classroom is akin to walking into a war zone where they risk their lives daily to teach ungovernable pupils.  

minerThe Citizen writes that, instead of abating, the jobs bloodbath in the mining sector is expected to worsen as more mining companies opt for worker retrenchments as a measure to deal with economic constraints.  

newsTimeslive reports that “allegations” by the auditor general and public protector’s office has led to the suspension of four senior employees at the media‚ information and communications technologies sector education and training authority (MICT Seta).  

CGEThe Citizen reports that the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said on Sunday that it was appalled at the barbaric action of some rail commuters who stripped naked a female train driver, hit her with a brick, and dragged her into bushes during the ongoing attacks on trains along the Pretoria to Pienaarsport corridor.  

saa thumb medium95 76EWN reports that Vuyani Jarana, CEO of South African Airways (SAA), has refuted a report that the national carrier is preparing to cut at least one thousand jobs.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see summaries of our
selection of South African labour-related stories
that appeared since Friday, 16 March 2018.

eskomEWN reports that Eskom has confirmed that fresh charges have been brought against its head of legal services Suzanne Daniels.  

strike thumb medium85 85The New Age reports that members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) have downed tools at Abengoa South Africa in the Northern Cape, claiming that workers at the renewable energy plants do not get any benefits.  

newsCity Press reports that court papers show that a campaign to unseat the business rescue practitioners running eight Gupta-owned companies is now being led by a newly created shelf company that is buying up other creditors’ invoices.  

mantasheBusinessLive reports that SA’s mining industry’s hope of revisiting the transformation and growth of the resources sector were dashed at weekend talks with new Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe.  

newsMail & Guardian reports that the red meat industry is already feeling the effects of a nationwide recall of certain ready-to-eat meat products linked to the listeriosis outbreak that has led to the deaths of 183 people so far.  

durbanSunday Tribune reports that managers at the eThekwini Municipality have lashed out at the prospect of a municipal employment equity bill being passed that would prevent Indian, white or coloured people from taking up senior positions.  

healthcarePersonal Finance reports that the increase in value-added tax VAT will not affect medical scheme contributions or benefits for the year, but it will affect the prices of medical products and services.  

numsaEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is disappointed by Greenpeace Africa’s statement that the union is sabotaging renewable energy in favour of coal, and in the process standing in the way of progress.  

zumaEWN reports that the decision by National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, to prosecute former president Jacob Zuma for the string of charges that had been brought against him in 2009 has been widely welcomed.  

gautengNews24 reports that striking forensic pathology workers have returned to work following a court order, the Gauteng department of health said on Sunday.  

chickensBusinessLive reports that poultry producer Astral indicated in a press release on Thursday that chicken should be exempt from value added tax (VAT).  

earningsBusinessLive reports that the national minimum wage (NMW) is set to be implemented in just over a month and the government hopes to have the bill governing the policy enacted in April.