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.

vavi1TimesLive reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has lashed out at leaders of the ruling ANC and its alliance partners‚ labour federation Cosatu and the SA Communist party (SACP).  

hawksNews24 reports that the Hawks are investigating the murders of two rival union members employed at Northam Platinum, the platinum producer said on Tuesday.  

telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that fixed-line operator Telkom says it has inked a new two-year deal with unions that will allow it to introduce widespread performance-based remuneration for both individuals and teams.  

newsEWN reports that the world's first Apple Training Centre for the blind has opened its doors in the Western Cape.  The facility, launched in Worcester on Monday, aims to empower visually-impaired people with technological and IT skills by transfering text into audio.  

NorthamReuters reports that members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will not return to work at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine until their safety is assured after a spate of murders, a spokesman for the union said on Tuesday.  

CapeTownlogoCape Times reports that the DA-run Cape Town municipality is struggling with employment equity as white men continue to dominate mid-level to senior positions.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that Cosatu has welcomed the decision by rating agency Standard and Poor to uphold South Africa’s credit rating, but the labour federation believes further austerity measures will send the country on a death spiral.  

farming thumb medium80 84The New Age reports that a Free State farmworker died and seven others sustained moderate to minor injuries after falling from a truck on Monday morning.  

NorthamBDLive reports that the weekend killing of a senior member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the town of Northam triggered a wave of violence that prompted Northam Platinum to shut its mine.  

newseNCA reports that Parliament’s Labour Portfolio Committee chairperson, Lumka Yengeni, has yet to respond to weekend reports that she breached several labour laws.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 6 June 2016

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 3 June 2016.

phiyegaThe Citizen reports that public hearings by the Claassen board of inquiry appointed by President Jacob Zuma to probe suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness for office were concluded on Friday.  

NorthamBloomberg reports that a second person was killed near Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine in clashes between rival unions after an employee was gunned down near the operation on Sunday.  

AquariusPlatinumSABC News reports that Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), has written to the Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, requesting him to intervene over the plight of ex-employees of Aquarius Resources.  

ancNews24 reports that the office of the ANC Chief Whip on Sunday dismissed a newspaper report alleging that parliamentary labour portfolio committee chairperson Lumka Yengeni violated labour laws.  

miner thumb medium90 104BDLive reports that gold mining companies have applied to appeal against almost all aspects of last month’s landmark silicosis class action certification ruling by the high court.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92City Press reports that education authorities and the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) are set to face a series of court challenges from aggrieved teachers and principals who believe they are victims of a jobs-for-cash scam run by corrupt department officials in cahoots with their union counterparts.  

NorthamMining Weekly reports that Northam Platinum has temporarily suspended operations at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo, following acts of violence and intimidation.  

CCMASunday Times writes that Yumka Yengeni, the ANC MP who chairs parliament's portfolio committee on labour, has been found to be in breach of the laws she is supposed to oversee.  

UbankBDLive reports that Ubank, a small retail bank primarily focused on providing financial services for mine workers, will require R152m for recapitalisation within two years to keep its banking licence.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that a paramedic died and several people were injured in a multiple car pile-up in Midrand, Gauteng, on Sunday.  

sabmillerCity Press reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has promised to challenge the Competition Commission’s (CC’s) conditional approval of the merger between Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and SABMiller. 

NorthamANA reports that an active National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) member working for Northam Platinum mine in Limpopo was shot dead on Sunday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 4 June and Sunday, 5 June 2016

miners2Mining Weekly reports that Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday that the number of fatalities at mines in South Africa this year was at risk of surpassing the 77 mineworkers' deaths recorded in 2015.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) has clinched two new call centre investments, which are set to bring more than R100m to the municipality and create a combined 857 jobs.  

protestDispatchLive reports that labour inspectors say they will continue with lunchtime pickets at the East London office of the Department of Labour until their demands are met.  

numReuters reports that an internal National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) document indicates that the union will demand a wage increase of 20% per year for the next two years in upcoming talks with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 3 June 2016