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.

cosatuBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu is planning to roll out a mass action campaign after its September national congress, a move that will fuel the simmering tension between it and President Cyril Ramaphosa.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 14 August 2018.

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that a car guard who witnessed a vicious attack on his colleague has described how the deceased man endured a beating from an angry motorist who jumped on him with both his feet, thudding into the fallen man's face.  

goldfieldsThe Citizen reports that in a statement issued on Tuesday, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said he was concerned by Gold Fields’ plan to retrench more than 1,500 employees at its troubled South Deep mine.  

ujThe Citizen reports that two former university professors alleged to have swindled more than R14 million out of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) want to clear their names.  

MsunduziANA reports that a number of uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) members staged a sit-in at the Msunduzi municipality offices in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday demanding jobs and tenders.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85ANA reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) on Monday threatened to take the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), which runs the Gautrain, to the Constitutional Court for allegedly refusing to disclose its financial statements.  

FortHareGroundUp reports that after eight weeks of deadlocked wage negotiations and disruptions at the University of Fort Hare‚ the second semester officially started on Monday.  

suncity thumb100 Timeslive reports that staff retrenchments in mines surrounding the Sun City resort in the North West have a “grave” impact on the establishment‚ parliament’s portfolio committee on economic development was told on Monday during an oversight visit.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that a North West doctor who is under investigation by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) after a baby girl and two other patients died, has lost his legal bid to keep on practising pending a misconduct hearing.  

sactwuANA reports that the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) on Monday suspended a wage strike in the footwear industry pending a settlement ballot.  The strike entered its fifth week on the previous Monday.  

pandorBusinessLive reports that according to higher education and training minister Naledi Pandor, the government is on a mission to boost the allure and efficiency of technical and vocational education training (TVET) colleges.  

pravingordanBusinessLive reports that the standoff between Eskom and trade unions is set to continue this week after a meeting with public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan could not be secured.  

goldfieldsBusinessLive reports that Gold Fields is preparing to lay off up to 1,560 people at its loss-making South Deep mine, the gold producer indicated in a statement on Tuesday.  

gautrainBusinessLive reports that the Gautrain strike has ended, with operating company Bombela agreeing to give workers an 8% salary increase backdated to 15 July.  

EsorBusinessLive reports that another decades-old construction firm has been pushed to the brink of collapse, with engineering and building group Esor on Monday applying for business rescue of its largest subsidiary, Esor Construction.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 13 August 2018.

cosatuFin24 reports that Cosatu has given government an ultimatum to stop discussing the fate of public servants unilaterally or risk losing the ANC-allied labour federation’s support at next year’s general election.  

pikitupThe Sunday Independent reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has blamed misconduct and a jobs-for-pals syndicate at the Johannesburg city council for the ongoing protests by former Pikitup workers.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Citizen reports temporary teachers in Limpopo who assumed their duties at the start of June have seemingly gone unpaid due to the department of education’s ‘heavy workload’.  

gautrainFin24 reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has concluded a wage deal with the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), which runs the Gautrain, ending a two-week long wage strike.  

eskomANA reports that Eskom on Monday vowed to take disciplinary action against its employees who had embarked on industrial action and damaged infrastructure even as the power utility and unions failed to reach an agreement in protracted wage negotiations.  

saiceFin24 reports that the CEO of the SA Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), Manglin Pillay, has apologised “unreservedly” for his article published in the institution's official magazine that questioned the place of women in the engineering field.  

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that the 13 dismissed trustees of a medical aid scheme for unionised municipal workers, Samwumed, are contesting the curatorship order on the scheme.  

kznlogo thumb100 The Citizen reports that a reply to questions by the Democratic Alliance in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) legislature has revealed that 85 staff members within the provincial department of health amassed a staggering 5,007 days of various forms of incapacity leave during just the past five months.  

SACAAThe Citizen reports that the vintage Convair 340/440aircraft that crashed at Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria North, in July had an unqualified crew on board.  

Netcare911ANA reports that on Monday a 32-year-old security guard was fighting for his life in hospital after he was shot in the chest while on night duty in Benoni on the East Rand.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 10 August 2018.

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa is headed for his first potentially bruising duel with Cosatu as the labour federation threatens to pull out of the upcoming jobs summit, and potentially end the ruling alliance, if his government goes ahead with its alleged plan to retrench 30,000 civil servants.  

fawuIOL News reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has embarked on a campaign to highlight the plight of workers who face losing their jobs to the ballooning illegal cigarette trade.