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.

DlodloThe Citizen reports that a new intradepartmental corruption-busting unit is in the pipeline to deal with graft, matters of ethics and integrity and financial mismanagement at the highest level of government.  

hospersaANA reports that according to the Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa), serious shortcomings in the SA health system were putting workers in the health sector at great risk.  

CapeTownlogoBusinessLive reports that according to transport minister Blade Nzimande, negotiations between the national government and the City of Cape Town, which could see the metro taking over the management of commuter rail services, were continuing.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 March 2019.

ambulanceEWN reports that attacks on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers continue in Cape Town with two paramedics having been the latest to be attacked.  

southafricalogoANA reports that the Department of Labour (DoL) said on Tuesday that an inquiry into a Durban structural collapse that left four people dead had gone into recess and would reconvene on 18 June.  

handcuffsOFM reports that on Thursday, North West police arrested six people, including a woman, in connection with alleged illegal mining activity in Khuma, located outside the mining town of Stilfontein.  

parliamentANA reports that Parliament has finally passed an amendment to the National Minimum Wage Act after a technical error was picked up in the initial legislation.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that about 175 workers, mostly members of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), have gone on strike at RCL Foods’ business unit Millbake over a wage dispute.  

prasaNews24 reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for practical and urgent action to deal with problems plaguing the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).  

SARSBusinessLive reports that thousands of staff members at the SA Revenue Service (SARS) could down tools on Thursday as they push for a double-digit wage increase at an agency that has consistently missed its revenue targets for the past four years.  

Stats SABusiness Report writes that SA’s consumer inflation inched up to 4.1% in February from 4% in the previous month on the back of a surge in fuel prices.  

exxaroMiningmx reports that some 750 contract employees will be affected as a result of Exxaro Resources terminating its agreements with Group Five Construction, which announced earlier this month it was to go into business rescue proceedings.  

eskomCity Press reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa apparently warned leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) last week that the situation at Eskom was so bad that it was possible the parastatal would not be able to pay salaries at the end of next month.  

gavel thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that a Durban doctor has been accused of racism by a security guard following an argument over a parking bay last year.  But Dr Ishan Rambali claimed that Senzo Makhoba had sought to extort money from him.  

newsSunday Tribune reports that the Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality in Estcourt is expected to lay off almost half its employees as it is unable to pay salaries.  

news shutterstockIn our Friday morning early roundup, see
summaries of our selection of South African -
labour-related stories that appeared since
Wednesday, 20 March 2019.

cosatuThe Star reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) commission of inquiry into allegations of impropriety continued this week, and Cosatu reiterated its call for more worker representatives at the level of the board of the embattled financial services institution.  

auroraThe Star writes about Xolisa Dyomfana, who has been bitterly disappointed twice by mining companies.  

SteinhoffThe Star reports that labour federation Cosatu has joined MPs in slamming the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Hawks for failing to rein in those who were responsible for the fraud at retail giant Steinhoff.  

handcuffsANA reports that four SA Police Service (Saps) officers have been arrested in connection with the murder of 48-year-old Phikolomzi Tatsi and the assault of two other men.  

standardbankThe Citizen reports that Cosatu says the decision by Standard Bank to close 91 of its branches and retrench more than 1,000 employees countrywide has reinforced the trade union federation’s call for the Labour Relations Act to be amended to make it impossible to lay off employees easily.  

VadiSowetanLive reports that taxi commuters in Soweto have demanded that rival taxi associations must resolve their issues in order for closed routes and ranks to be reopened.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) lost a critically important court case on Wednesday in opposing the rights of Sibanye–Stillwater to extend the wage deal signed with three other unions at its gold mines.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the mother of a former Sans Souci Girls' High School pupil slapped by her Afrikaans teacher during a physical altercation has lodged a claim in the Equality Court for damages amounting to R150,000.  

protestGroundUp reports that over 200 farmworkers marched to Parliament on Wednesday to hand over a memorandum demanding an immediate moratorium on farm evictions, an urgent meeting with the minister of rural development and a task team to address farm evictions.  

hawksNews24 reports that three men have been arrested following the fatal shooting last Friday of a Kranskop police constable and a bystander.  

santacoNews24 reports that taxi operators in the Vaal Triangle suspended their strike for Thursday in order to honour and celebrate those who died and others who were left injured on 21 March 1960 in Sharpeville.  

robdaviesFin24 reports that a coalition of artists, writers and publishers has written to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Minister Rob Davies to challenge the Copyright Amendment Bill, which was due to be adopted by the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday.  

numBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will meet with its members next week to consider whether a shutdown at power utility Eskom will take place during the week of the May general elections.