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.

Stats SABusinessLive reports that consumer inflation slowed to 3.8% in March, surprising economists who had expected it to accelerate slightly from February’s 4%.  

strike thumb medium85 85SowetanLive reports that commuters navigated long‚ frustrating queues to board taxis‚ trains and share lifts as a national bus strike got under way on Wednesday.  

LosiSowetan reports that there is a strong push under way within Cosatu to ensure that Zingiswa Losi, the labour federation’s second deputy president, is elected the first woman to lead the organisation at its national congress later this year.  

ImperialTimeslive reports that Mark Lamberti has resigned as Imperial CEO‚ following an adverse judgment in the case brought by fired employee Adila Chowan‚ whom he called a “female employment equity candidate”.  

outaThe Mercury reports that the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) wants the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to claim more than just R10-million from its former operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, for the damage he did at the public broadcaster.  

eskomThe Citizen reports that according to a legal expert, there is an obvious and clear prospect that former Eskom boss Brian Molefe could be successfully prosecuted on criminal charges relating to his massive illegal pension payout.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that public sector employees continue to do significant amounts of business with the state despite it being prohibited because of the conflict of interest involved.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that many commuters were left stranded and seeking alternative transport as bus operations came to a halt on Wednesday morning across the country after drivers went on strike over wages.  

prasaANA reports that MPs heard on Tuesday that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is continuing to lose paying customers by the millions.  

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newsANA reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and his legal team intend to regroup and ponder their next move after the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday refused them leave to appeal a January decision that ordered Molefe to pay back all money received as part of a payout from the power utility’s pension fund.  

Busa2Timeslive reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) is concerned about the provisions for exemption of employers from the national minimum wage (NMW) as provided for in the labour bills currently before parliament's labour committee.  

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe will have to pay back the pension money afforded him and will not get his job back after the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday dismissed his application for leave to appeal a previous judgment.  

cosatuEngineering News reports that labour federation Cosatu has rejected Eskom’s appeal to the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to recover its costs in the provision of electricity, calling it “unaffordable, unreasonable and unjustifiable”.  

employment thumb100 ANA reports that a seminar held at the University of Stellenbosch Business School on Monday heard that around 5.7 million jobs in SA would be at risk over the next seven years due to digital automation.  

medicaldoctorANA reports that the Gauteng Department of Health said on Monday that it would begin the process of paying overtime claims for hundreds of doctors in the province.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on the police to speed up investigations into the killings of mineworkers in Marikana in North West province.  

natu thumb medium80 91eNCA reports that according to the National Teachers’ Union (Natu), the KwaZulu-Natal Basic Education Department is on the brink of collapse.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the High Court in Pretoria is due on Tuesday to hear arguments in the appeal application brought by former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.  

blsa thumb medium70 98BusinessLive reports that Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti has resigned from the board of Business Leadership SA (BLSA), which follows his recent resignation from the Eskom board.  

Mathunjwa2News24 reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), said on Monday that the victims of the Marikana massacre should not be used as instruments to mend relations between the ANC and the EFF.  

daBusinessLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has rejected a blanket national minimum wage (NMW), arguing that this would lead to job losses and lock out the unemployed from the labour market.  

northwestprovinceBusinessLive reports that the health department is considering using the military to help distribute medicine in North West, where a protracted strike by the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has brought the central pharmacy depot to a standstill.  

strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC) said on Monday that a nationwide bus strike was set to start on Wednesday.  The strike will put at least 80% of the country's passenger buses on lock-down over a pay dispute.  

healthcareThe New Age writes that a major health crisis is set to engulf the country as doctors, nurses and other health workers threaten to down tools over poor management of health facilities, non-payment of overtime, a lack of resources and generally poor working conditions.  

sapsNews24 reports that Gauteng police have launched a manhunt after a security guard was shot and killed during a robbery at a petrol station in Marlboro Gardens, near Sandton.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Sunday Times reports on the cases of two nurses, Charmaine de Villiers and Charlotte Petersen-Davids, who were dismissed from Karl Bremer Hospital in Cape Town after refusing to remove a sleeveless jacket called a gilet at work.  

healthcareSowetan reports that North West Health MEC Magome Masike has blamed the increasing number of deaths of patients and defaults on treatment on the ongoing strike in the province by members of the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).  

newsIn an SABC interview, Johann Kotze, CEO of the SA Pork Producers Organisation, said that when the Health Minister advised that all cold meats should be avoided because of the listeria outbreak, consumers perceived that all cold meats were pork and distanced themselves from pork.  

DlodloANA reports that Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said on Friday that wage talks between government and public sector unions would proceed on Tuesday.