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.

strike thumb medium85 85BL Premium writes that it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has scored a tragic own goal with its three-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines.  

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that despite being overstaffed with as many as 27,500 employees, the government does not want retrenchments to be imposed on Eskom as part of the efforts to turn the bankrupt power utility around.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 14 February 2019.

numSowetanLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday that the government should retain the current structure of Eskom and simply change its management to rescue the company from total collapse.  

eskomANA reports that the Infrastructure Research Development Centre (IRDC) said on Thursday it opposed the government's decision to bring in external engineers to investigate the crisis at state utility Eskom's power stations.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has launched a formal process to restructure a number of its unprofitable gold mines, with the potential loss of up to 6,670 jobs.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Times reports that the Sans Souci Girls High School teacher seen in a video smacking a pupil after an altercation was due to appear for a formal disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.  

cosatuSowetan reports that Cosatu’s Mpumalanga provincial chairperson, Live Monini, told marchers on Wednesday that the union federation was ready to render the province ungovernable if employees of the Gupta-linked Gloria mine were not paid their salaries.  

newsThe Star reports that another Gupta-owned company, Shiva Uranium, has resumed retrenching its workforce amid attempts to rescue the ailing mining firm.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday welcomed the imminent signing into law of the Competition Amendment Bill, saying it would, among other things, promote investment and lead to a reduction in prices in the SA economy.  

fawuBusinessLive reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Wednesday threw its weight behind a pro-Palestinian lobby group fighting an Israeli-led consortium's proposed bid to buy Clover.  

DisChemBusinessLive reports that Dis-Chem’s Christmas sales were hurt by a strike, the pharmacy chain warned in a trading update on Thursday morning.  

employment thumb100 The Citizen reports that according to a labour expert, close to 400,000 jobs must be created per year, with both the government and the private sector playing active roles in the process, or the country will face many more strikes.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that the Western Cape High Court has granted an order compelling the owner of a Sea Point security company to pay outstanding provident fund contributions of at least R2.3m.  

Stats SAFinancial Mail reports that SA’s sky-high unemployment rate moderated to 27.1% between the two final quarters of 2018, thanks mainly to a surge in formal sector employment over the festive season.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that thousands of Cosatu-affiliated workers demonstrated in eight cities across the country on Wednesday, disrupting schooling and bringing traffic to a standstill.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 13 February 2019.

Solidarity2ANA reports that Solidarity said on Wednesday it would be paying charges with the police and at the Equality Court against members of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement on behalf of several of the parents of the victims of the recent Hoërskool Driehoek disaster.  

gunEWN reports that police have confirmed that two mineworkers have been shot dead in Welkom, Free State.  

westerncapeANA reports that Statistics SA’s quarterly labour force survey data for the fourth quarter of 2018, released on Tuesday, showed that the Western Cape created 29,000 new jobs over the past year and 26,000 between October and December last year.  

protestANA reports that unemployed persons in Ikageng near Rustenburg have vowed to stop work at the Bospoort Dam purification plant until such time as they are hired.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87Sowetan reports that a last-minute payment of more than 200 intern doctors on Monday averted a legal showdown with the Gauteng department of health.  

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed the judgment by the Limpopo High Court ordering the Limpopo department of health to re-employ seven dentists.  

eskomBusiness Report writes that on Tuesday Eskom extended its massive power cuts, leaving industry stuttering as the power utility cut 3,000MW from the grid.  

ISSThe Citizen reports that according to the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), the police were secretly promoting hundreds of unqualified and inexperienced officers into management positions based on their political affiliation.  

Sibanye StillwaterBloomberg reports that Sibanye Gold is considering shutting unprofitable shafts and cutting jobs at its South African gold mines amid a three-month-old wage strike that’s curbing output.  

nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that nurses affiliated to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) are expected to down tools on Wednesday in support of the Cosatu-led industrial action against job losses.  

EAABEngineering News reports that according to Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) transformation committee chairperson Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw, estate agents in the property sector have long been bound by “dinosaur” legislation and the profession has remained untransformed since 1994.  

ConCourtEWN reports that the attorney representing former SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane says they have noted the Constitutional Court’s (ConCourt’s) rejection of his application to appeal a judgement confirming his dismissal, but it was not the end of the road just yet.  

gunNews24 reports that police are looking for five suspects after two security guards were shot and killed in their vehicle on Monday night.