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.

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.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that ahead of the Easter weekend rush, Comair staff affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) have issued their employer with a 48-hour notice to strike.  

kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune writes that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) department of health appears to be heading for another legal showdown, with the head of surgery from Ngwelazana Hospital returning to his job, which has already been given to someone else.  

VantageGoldfieldsMoneyweb reports that Vantage Goldfields is headed to court to decide who has the right to acquire the company assets, which comprise the Lily and Barbrook gold mines in Mpumalanga.  

ShopriteMoneyweb reports that only 26.98% of ordinary shareholders voted in favour of the remuneration policy of Shoprite Holdings at the group’s October annual general meeting (AGM).  

LibertyBusiness Report writes that long-term insurer Liberty slashed the total remuneration to its executives by 13% as tough trading conditions saw attributable earnings fall 10.6% to R2.3-billion in the financial year to the end of December.  

joburgcityThe Sunday Independent reports that the City of Johannesburg (COJ) has been accused by the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Unions (Imatu) of negotiating in bad faith.  

CCMASowetanLive reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) dispute between Ndalo Media and its former employees has been referred to arbitration after its owner, Khanyi Dhlomo, failed to show up on Monday for the second time.  

cell cITWeb reports that an ‘illegal’ strike at mobile operator Cell C has led to 378 staff being suspended, pending disciplinary hearings.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Times reports that Sibanye-Stillwater's plans to take over Lonmin and become the world's largest platinum producer will not be derailed by trade unions, CEO Neal Froneman said last week.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that a 50-year-old man was found dead with gunshot wounds in the office of a Durban factory on Friday.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the case against a former Bryanston High School sports coach accused of sexually harassing three pupils was scheduled to continue in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Monday.  

ictFin24 reports that online marketplaces establishing themselves across Africa could create around three million new jobs by 2025, according to a new report released by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).  

retirementBloomberg reports that pension funds in SA have a legal obligation to account for the financial effects of climate change on their investments, according to two groups lobbying money managers to pay closer attention to the issue.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 12 April 2019.

mildredoliphantThe Citizen reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has strongly cautioned employers who have recently adopted the practice of dismissing workers en masse only to re-employ them and pay them wages at the rate of the national minimum wage (NMW), or even less.  

hpcsaOn Thursday, the Solidarity Occupational Guild for Health Practitioners strongly condemned alleged corruption at the Health Professions Council of SA (HPSCA), which it said could lead to unqualified doctors and nurses unlawfully getting accreditation.  

joburgcityANA reports that mayor Herman Mashaba said on Sunday that the City of Johannesburg was finalising the insourcing of remaining outsourced security guards and cleaning services staff in line with its May 2017 commitment to insource those services.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Weekend Argus reports that as Metrorail’s woes continue to hit train commuters hard, calls for the rail system to be declared a disaster have been amplified ahead of national elections in May.  

labourcourtsThe Saturday Star reports that a recent Labour Appeal Court (LAC) ruling has sent a stern warning to employers to be more tolerant of their employees’ religious beliefs.  

northwestprovinceCity Press reports that North West Premier Job Mokgoro has been called in to intervene in a standoff between senior managers and the administrator at the department of community safety and transport in order to avoid total insubordination.  

SARSNews24 reports that SA Revenue Service (SARS) IT head Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane, of ‘Protect me from yourself’ fame, has approached the CCMA, claiming she is being bullied to resign from the tax body.  

mildredoliphantNews24 reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says government will name and shame employers who fail to comply with the national minimum wage (NMW).  

numsaEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it’s anticipating a difficult wage negotiations season as it prepares to bargain in several sectors in the coming months.  

sandf thumb medium90 89ANA reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) on Friday released details about the administrative discharge of 35 of its members who went on absent without leave (AWOL) in Cuba.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87The SA Medical Association (SAMA) indicated on Friday that it had commissioned management consultancy PE Corporate Services to conduct an investigation into the levels of overtime worked by medical practitioners in the public service.  

bladenzimandeANA reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has instructed the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to improve the reliability of trains by 60% and improve train cancellations by 41%.  

Sibanye StillwaterBL Premium reports fresh from a rights placement for R1.7bn, Sibanye-Stillwater is to raise a similar amount by selling future gold production to Citibank, giving it protection from a potential platinum sector strike.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 11 April 2019.

newsNews24 reports that two gym employees who saved a swimmer's life last week will be honoured for their heroic actions in a special ceremony.