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.

numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Tuesday that workers had embarked on a strike at Venk-Pac Plastics in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, to protest against working conditions at the plant.  

numANA reports that according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), its members at PPC Cement Slurry in Mafikeng, North West, have embarked on a strike over wages.  

picFin24 reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which is responsible for managing state employees' pension money, said it would still consider investing in South African Airways (SAA), provided the ailing airline met certain conditions.  

SibanyeBusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater saved up to 10,000 jobs by backing away from a decision to close up to 300,000oz of annual platinum group metal (PGM) production from its Rustenburg mines, saying it was on track to save R1bn at the mines.  

gautengTimesLive reports that recent attacks on international and domestic tourists and diplomats have forced government into overdrive in an effort secure the country's image as a safe place to visit.  

newsNews24 reports that a correctional services official at the Losperfontein Correctional Centre in Brits committed suicide on Monday after pictures of her kissing an inmate surfaced on social media.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that Mkuseli Apleni, director-general of the Department of Home Affairs, was expected to challenge his suspension by Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.  

Solidarity2EWN reports that with still no agreement to its wage demands, trade union Solidarity has vowed to continue its strike at Mango Airlines for a second day.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has called for a commission to be set up by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to determine the real causes of several mining accidents over the past few months.  

sapsANA reports that workers at the 10111 call centre, who man the police emergency number, on Monday vowed to intensify their strike if their salary demands were not met.  

MangoEWN reports that according to low-cost airline Mango, 25% of its flights were affected on Monday by a strike over a salary increase for pilots.  

Solidarity2eNCA reports that according to trade union Solidarity, its striking members will not reduce the 8.5% salary increase they are demanding from Mango Airlines and will continue striking until the demand is met.  

newsBusinessTech reports that the Top Employers Institute has released its updated list of certified top employers in SA, adding 15 new companies to the list of employers who provide the best environment for their employees.  

MangoTimesLive reports that several Mango flights were delayed on Monday following strike action by the airline’s pilots represented by trade union Solidarity.  

harmonyNews24Wire reports that Harmony Gold has announced that an agreement has been reached with the Matjhabeng municipality and the Unemployment Forum to implement a special community development programme that will equip residents in certain Free State communities with mining skills.  

protestPretoria News reports that on Monday morning employees of the 10111 emergency call centre were slowly starting to gather at the Pretoria Art Museum ahead of their march to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum of demands.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107ANA reports that the City of Ekurhuleni has had a strong year in terms of job creation, beating all South Africa’s metropolitan municipalities in that respect.  

satawu thumb medium90 101TimesLive reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has called off the strike at SA Airlink which was due to take place on Monda.y  

harmonyMiningmx reports that Harmony Gold said it remained “very unclear” if the murder of Simphiwe Kubekha, a regional mine manager at its Tshepong and Phakisa operations near Welkom in the Free State, was related to illegal mining.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that according to union officials, employees of two local airlines will be downing tools on Monday.  Pilots at budget airline Mango are launching a strike after wage negotiations with the company failed.  

faithmuthambiANA reports that Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Minister Faith Muthambi has placed the department’s chief financial officer, Masilo Makhura, and deputy director general: administration, Linda Shange, on precautionary suspension with effect from 13 October.  

gautengEWN reports that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says a new professional security company has been appointed at a primary school in Soweto where at least 87 pupils have been sexually abused, allegedly by a school guard.  

anglogoldashantiNetwerk24 reported on Sunday that rescue teams were searching for a mineworkers who was trapped underground at the Mpoineng mine near Carletonville on the West Rand.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107ANA writes that commuters in Katlehong in Ekurhuleni on the East Rand can now breathe a sigh of relief with the opening of the newly constructed Phuthaditjaba taxi rank.  

GEMSNetwerk24 reports that the financial position of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) is much healthier than a year ago when there had been great concern over its money matters.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 13 October to Sunday, 15 October 2017.

sadtu90SowetanLive reports that on Friday thousands of SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members flooded the Durban central business district in a flow of red‚ protesting against the state of affairs in education in the province.  

ambulanceEWN reported on Sunday evening that two paramedic officials remained in critical condition in hospital following a fatal collision involving an ambulance and another vehicle in Centurion.  

pandorCity Press Business reports that a new research pilot plant for manufacturing materials used in batteries could ultimately lead to the creation of 1,600 jobs.  

numFin24 reports that over 150 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have resurfaced after staging an underground sit-in at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) that started on 10 October.