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.

GEMSBDLive reports that the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) could be insolvent by financial year-end if drastic cost-containment measures are not instituted.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 19 August to Sunday, 21 August 2016

newsTMG Digital reports that a man in his 60s was electrocuted on Friday when the industrial vehicle he was travelling in touched power lines in the Western Cape.  

sandf thumb medium90 89ANA reports that the death toll in a bus accident in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State involving SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel on Friday has climbed to 11.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90News24 reports that Lonmin will investigate a statement made by its spokesperson that miners at its platinum mine in Marikana do not want houses and want to live in informal settlements.  

amcu thumb medium80 81ANA reports that an irate Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa refused to hand over a memorandum to Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) officials during a protest in Pretoria on Thursday.  

UNTUThe United National Transport Union (UNTU) announced on Friday that a runaway diesel locomotive on Thursday caused the tragic death of train driver and member Alexander Flemming.  

parliamentCape Times reports that the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) says the decriminalisation of sex work is the only viable approach to protecting and promoting the rights and dignity of sex workers.  

kznlogo thumb100 The Mercury writes that a scandal has erupted at a high school in Nquthu, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), where at least one male teacher has been suspended and several others face an investigation of allegations that they had sex with pupils.  

presidencyBDLive reports that the Presidency says the government will make settlement offers in the next few months to those who were unlawfully detained during the 2012 strike at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.  

gavel thumb100 The Citizen reports that a full bench of the North Gauteng High Court has confirmed the life sentences imposed on four would-be robbers for the murder of a policeman, who was shot dead by a co-perpetrator who has since died.  

neasaThe Citizen reports that according to the National Employers’ Association of SA (Neasa), South Africa’s sluggish economic growth has given employers the upper hand in wage negotiations and made them particularly stubborn.  

telkom thumb100 EWN reports that Telkom says it’s concerned further acts of sabotage could be carried out on its infrastructure, as a strike among some of its workers continues.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Thursday staged a march to the offices of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) in Pretoria.  

eskomFinancial Mail reports that Eskom says its above-inflation wage settlement with trade unions will not affect its future tariff trajectory because it is making savings in other areas, such as diesel consumption.  

earningsBDLive reports that the seven economists appointed to set the country’s national minimum wage (NMW) began their work on Thursday with labour federation Cosatu warning the state to approach the process with urgency.  

gautrainANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) and Gautrain operator Bombela failed to reach an agreement at the CCMA following threats of union members going on strike due to a wage disagreement.  

presidencyBDLive reports that the Presidency said on Thursday that the government will make an offer of payments in full settlement of claims arising from the 2012 Marikana shooting in due course.  

headgearMarelise van der Merwe reports that on the fourth anniversary of the Marikana massacre, a new report by Doctors Without Borders (MSF / Medicins sans Frontieres) has highlighted the disturbingly high levels of sexual assault – on women, men and children – in the platinum mining belt.  

SWEATNews24 reports that the message sex workers delivered to Members of Parliament on Wednesday during a multi-party women's caucus meeting was that they were mothers, sisters, friends, caregivers and also women who just happened to be a sex workers.  

gautrainEWN reports that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) says talks with Gautrain bosses have reached a deadlock and they’re now waiting for a decision from the CCMA on whether or not workers can go on strike.  

telkom thumb100 NEWS24WIRE reports that striking Telkom workers have denied involvement in the alleged sabotage of several of the telecom company’s network facilities across the country.  

nedlacBDLive reports that providing unemployment cover for people who resign and have no alternative employment and those who work in the informal sector, as recommended by Nedlac, would be fraught with problems.  

samwu thumb medium80 78ANA reports that the Cosatu-affiliated SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has accepted the outcome of the local government elections and the resultant coalitions.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90News24 reports that according to Sue Vey, Lonmin spokesperson, miners at the platinum producer’s mine in Marikana do not want houses; they want to live in informal settlements.  

telkom thumb100 ITWeb reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has denied Telkom's claims that its members intimidated and threatened non-striking workers outside its campus in Centurion on Monday.  

kznlogo thumb100 BDLive writes about fears that municipal mergers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will lead to large-scale job losses, demotions or loss of prestige and about the efforts of the provincial government to allay those concerns.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Times Live reports that the National Petroleum Employers' Association (NPEA) and the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers' Union (Ceppwawu) have entered into an agreement‚ ending the petroleum sector strike.  

BevSABDLive reports that the Beverage Association of SA (BevSA) has warned that up to 70,000 jobs in the industry could be lost if the Treasury’s mooted tax on sugar-sweetened drinks were to be implemented in its current form.