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.

anglogoldashantiDavid McKay reports that Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat), CEO of AngloGold Ashanti, has added his voice to criticism that the South African government is wrongly applying safety-related audits and checks.  

VantageGoldfieldsANA reports that a number of employees at Vantage Goldfields’ Lily Gold Mine in Barberton have taken voluntary severance packages and left the mine, according to the mining company.  Lily Mine director of operations Mike Begg said many others were still there.  

amcu thumb medium80 81TMG Digital reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will on Tuesday launch the Marikana Massacre Amcu Trust Fund and a housing project to assist the families of those who died in 2012.  

ramaphosa2TMG Digital reports that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a seven-person panel to advise on the appropriate level at which a proposed national minimum wage should be set.  

MotsoalediBDLive reports that the mining industry is concerned about the state of the Compensation Fund for Mines and Works, which is run by the Department of Health.  

ambulanceEWN reports that emergency services workers were due to stage a demonstration in Cape Town on Monday.  Paramedics are calling for increased security while they’re on duty in the wake of a spate of attacks on staff in Cape Town over the past few months.  

newsReuters reports that Germany's SAP, the maker of software used to grade the performance of millions of employees worldwide, is ditching its own annual performance reviews as too expensive, time-consuming and often demotivating.  

ICASAFin24 reports that a six-week strike at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), which oversees SA’s communications and telecommunications sectors, has ended.  The regulator said on Monday that an agreement had been reached with workers.  

amnestyinternationalBDLive reports that an Amnesty International Report has shown that platinum producer Lonmin has failed to meet housing targets set out in the company’s social and labour plan (S&LP).  

numsaThe New Age reports that, while a wage accord has ended a drawn-out battle between Eskom and two of its recognised unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) continues to dig its heel in for a better deal.  

ceppwawuBusiness Report writes that members of the Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) found themselves in a quandary and were forced to shelve serious internal issues to join a strike in the petroleum and pharmaceutical sectors three weeks ago.  

fawuBDLive reports that workers at SA Breweries (SAB) who own shares through the Zenzele scheme are to get an average advance payment of about R32,000 when the deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) goes through.  

telkom thumb100 SABC News writes that as Communication Workers Union (CWU) members embark on industrial action, Telkom operations could be under pressure.  CWU negotiator, Toto Ntetho, said there would be a total shutdown.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that the sudden and unexpected death of National Union of Metalworker of SA (Numsa) chief negotiator Stephen Nhlapho could disrupt and delay negotiations taking place with several key sectors of the economy.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 13 August and Sunday, 14 August 2016

strike thumb medium85 85HeraldLive reported on Friday that specialist manufacturer BASF was seeking a court interdict to stop strike action at its Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth.  This after members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) downed tools on Wednesday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 12 August 2016

boardroomtableSABC News reports that talks to end the ongoing wage strike in the petroleum sector have been adjourned until next week.  

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telkom thumb100 ITWeb reports that members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at Telkom are on strike, as the union fights for salary increases for its members.  

retirementEngineering News reports that Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt maintains that the promises of politicians are always greater than the South African taxpayer’s capacity to deliver.  

strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that South Africa has been hit by wage-related strikes across several sectors, including energy, telecommunications and petrochemicals.  

vavi1SowetanLive reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Wednesday went to ground, refusing to answer questions about the poor performance of the United Front (UF) in the local government elections.  

earningsFinancial Mail reports that government is to create a panel of seven academic experts to try and resolve, by October, the impasse over the introduction of a national minimum wage (NMW).  

numsaFin24 reports that Eskom announced on Friday morning that it had reached a two-year wage agreement with its recognised trade unions, but the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is still considering the utility’s offer.  

strike thumb medium85 85eNCA reports that after a strike of two weeks in the petrochemical sector, employers and union members are meeting at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday.  

protestNetwerk24 reports that on Thursday members of a community forum in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district blockaded the Kathu and Deben T-junction that leads to the Black Rock mine with rocks and tree stumps.  

petrolpumpNetwerk24 reports that the petroleum sector strike is still ongoing and, while the SA Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) says there is sufficient supply to meet demand, some filling stations are experiencing delays with deliveries.  

gautengANA reports that six people died from burn wounds after fire broke out at the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve near Heidelberg, the Gauteng provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Thursday.  

sapsThe Citizen reports that ten police officers appeared at the Bergville and Ladysmith Magistrates’ Court on Thursday on corruption charges and were released on bail of R1,000 each.  The officers’ case was remanded to 15 August.