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.

ComairANA reports that airline Comair indicated over the weekend that its operations were set to continue after talks with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) again deadlocked on Saturday.  

chrisgriffithMiningmx writes that Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, might be hoping that a peace pact that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) signed ahead of the return to work of its members at the firm’s gold mines – where a five-month strike was recently ended – will be carried over (at least in spirit) when his company sits down to wage talks in the platinum group metal (PGM) sector from next month.  

Mathunjwa2City Press reports that despite settling on similar terms to rival unions at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) Joseph Mathunjwa has insisted that their protracted wage strike was more about combating legacy than counting costs.  

pfaSowetan reports that the Free State’s Kopanong local municipality has failed to pay an estimated R58m in pension fund contributions collected from municipal workers over the past six years to the workers’ pension fund.  

medicaldoctorSunday Tribune reports that ten months after he was fired from his job, Ngwelezana Hospital’s head of surgery returned to work last week, but there was no place for him.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLIVE reports that two train sets that were burnt to ashes at Cape Town station on Sunday were worth an estimated R33m.  

newsSowetanLive reports that more than 70 employees were retrenched in January at Ndalo Media when owner Khanyi Dhlomo decided to shut down the publisher that housed magazines such as Destiny, Destiny Man and Elle.  

sapsNews24 reports that a Durban police constable was shot dead on Sunday afternoon while approaching a parked vehicle with its hazard lights on.  

ramaphosaBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday promised to come down hard on government officials who were failing to provide services to communities.  

MantasheMining Weekly reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant have welcomed the end of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) five-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that Comair, which operates British Airways (BA) in SA and low-cost carrier Kulula, announced on Thursday that it had won a temporary interdict against a planned strike by some of its ground crew.  

ComairTimesLIVE reports that Comair said on Wednesday it would be heading to the Labour Court to try to stop certain of its employees from downing tools ahead of the Easter rush.  

sassaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) said on Wednesday it was concerned that employees at the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) could be scapegoats for unscrupulous activities.  

sapuPretoria News reports that the SA Policing Union (Sapu) and the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) have vowed to keep coming to the doorstep of the Sunnyside police until the ‘politically motivated’ persecution of Sapu president Mpho Kwinika has ended.  

strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday confirmed a protected strike by workers at the cement producing company PPC at Hercules in Pretoria over wage increases.  

eskomTimesLIVE reports that a group of protesters from Mpumalanga forced Eskom to close the main entrance to its headquarters in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, on Wednesday.  

ComairFin24 reports that Comair’s Wrenelle Stander said on Wednesday that the airline would have contingency plans in place to prevent a strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA from grounding passengers this coming Easter weekend.  

protestGroundUp reports that about 80 people occupied the ground floor of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) Cape Town office on Wednesday demanding that Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande fix the commuter rail system.  

handshake thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that Sibanye-Stillwater said on Wednesday that the five-month strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at its gold mines has ended.  

JMPDEyewitness News reports that sixty-eight senior Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers who were not given an explanation for the cancellation of a grievance hearing between them and JMPD chief David Tembe, have now resorted to releasing the full details of their allegations.  

gunNews24 reports that a police colonel was shot and killed in his driveway in Witbank on Tuesday evening.  

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it’s not backing down on its planned strike for equal pay at Comair.  

newsANA reports that Enoch Mgijima Municipality in the Eastern Cape advised on Tuesday that it had received no alleged cases of "sex for jobs" within its Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP).  

sapsThe Mercury reports that at least 40 police officers are likely to face charges in terms of the Gatherings Act, the Road Traffic Act, the SA Police Service Disciplinary Regulations as well as municipal bylaws, following a march through the Durban CBD on Monday.  

newsGroundUp writes about the harassment of Irvine Goto, who works at coffee-restaurant chain Bootlegger in the Cape Quarter, which used to be the heart of Cape Town’s gay district.  

earningsThe Citizen reports that according to the 2018 World Economic Forum Global Gender Report, SA is ranked 19th out of 149 countries on gender equality, but its rankings plunge to 117th on wage equality for similar work.  

eskomFin24 reports that in an internal memo on Monday addressed to "Eskom Guardians" - a term seemingly used to address staff – Eskom Group CEO Phakamani Hadebe responded to concerns about job security.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80BusinessLive reports that Western Cape premier Helen Zille has signed proclamations for the establishment of a new schools’ evaluation authority and its enabling regulations.  

headgearBusinessLive reports that a new report by advocacy groups, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), indicates that community activists who oppose mining projects in SA are often harassed, threatened and sometimes killed.  

petrolpumpBusinessLive reports that the Automobile Association (AA) has advised that unexpectedly strong international fuel prices have raised the likelihood of a fuel price hike for petrol users at the end of April.