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.

SANParksTraveller24 reports that SANParks stated on Thursday that "all their employees who embarked on a strike action and are members of Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) are back at their posts".  

CPUTGroundUp reports that following a week of student-worker protests that resulted in a two-day shutdown, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) agreed to insource security guards and cleaning staff.  

retirementMoneyweb reports that changes to the tax treatment of provident funds, introduced as part of broader retirement reforms in 2015 by National Treasury, have once again been postponed for further consultation.  

newsBusinessLive reports that a potential strike in the metal and engineering industries sector seems to have been averted, with trade unions and employers said to be edging closer to a deal.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that with South African Airways (SAA) having run out of cash and being effectively bankrupt, it is feared it may not be able to pay salaries.  

amcu thumb medium80 81In a telephonic interview with Moneyweb’s Warren Thompson, Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), was asked about a number of the most important issues currently affecting the mining industry.  

handshake thumb medium90 90The New Age reports that the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) brokered a truce last night following an acrimonious two-week strike that put the health of millions at risk.  

gavel thumb100 EWN reports that the lawyer representing 18 Marikana miners facing charges of murder have until the end of September to file a review application.  The miners are accused of killing police, security guards and non-striking workers in the days leading up to the Marikana massacre in August 2012.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is planning to march to AngloGold Ashanti’s (AGA’s) Vaal Reefs offices, near Orkney in the North West, on Thursday to fight against the retrenchments in the mining industry.  

comMiningmx reports that the Chamber of Mines of SA said on Monday that as many as 100,000 direct and 200,000 indirect jobs could be at risk in the short to medium-term in the local mining sector owing to a deterioration in regulatory and operating conditions.  

faithmuthambiThe Star reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has called for action against Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi, saying she must explain the R300,000 she spent to fly 30 of her friends and relatives to her department’s budget vote in Parliament.  

hawksDispatchLive reports that the head of the Hawks in the Eastern Cape, Major-General Nyameko Nogwanya, has been stripped of all his powers and authority and is to face a disciplinary hearing for allegedly twice sexually harassing a female staff member.  

newsANA reports that discussions to compensate Marikana mineworkers were continuing with the State, their lawyer indicated on Monday.  

RBPlatMiningmx reports that Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is to close an unprofitable shaft at its Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine (BRPM) which it shares in joint venture with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

implatsheadgear smlBusinessLive reports that the ANC has extended an olive branch to the mining sector, cutting Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Minister Mosebenzi Zwane down to size as the battle over the contentious reviewed Mining Charter continues to simmer.  

sarb thumb medium60 101Cape Times reports that, while the ongoing strike at the South African Bank Note Company, which produces notes for the SA Reserve Bank (SARB), will not be felt immediately, the economy will not be sustained if it goes on for a month.  

ancEWN reports that that the African National Congress (ANC) wants government to consider imposing quotas of the number of foreign nationals that companies in different sectors can employ.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that Professor Shabir Madhi, acting CE of the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS), on Monday condemned an indication by the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) that it would be intensifying its strike action.  

IDCBusiness Report writes that a total of 18,206 new jobs are expected to be created and a further 2,675 jobs that would otherwise have been lost retained as a result of financing approvals in the year to March by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92IOL News reports that thousands of Johannesburg pupils did not have classes in 28 schools on Monday as the racial storm over the appointment of a black principal boiled over.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 31 July 2017.

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that the strike at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) entered its fourth day on Monday as unions presented a revised wage offer to their members.  

newsCity Press writes that the unemployment rate of 53% among South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 shows that young people are the worst hit by poor economic growth.  This was shown by a report on SA released last week by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  

minerCity Press reports that Anglo American announced last week a $101m (R1.3bn) “best estimate” for settling its liability in the now 13-year-old legal battle to compensate mineworkers suffering from lung diseases.  

mosebenzizwaneANA reports that that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, under whom the industry continued to bleed jobs, was the worst minister the country had had since the dawn of democracy in 1994.  

numsaTimesLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Monday took issue with a leaked letter reported on by Business Day on Friday.  The letter contained a series of allegations‚ including that Numsa was in dire financial straits and might have to retrench staff.  

SANParksEWN reports that according to SA National Parks (SANParks), people can start booking their 2018 holidays from Tuesday despite the ongoing strike.  

SibanyeAFP reports that, according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Sibanye Gold suspended dozens of women on Friday after they refused to strip as part of measures to stop workers delivering food to illegal miners.  

sadtu90SABC News reports that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has weighed in on the racial incident at St. John's College in Johannesburg, saying it was just a tip of the iceberg.  

medicaldoctorSunday Tribune reports that patients treated by an unregistered doctor at the Daymed Private Hospital in Pietermaritzburg plan to sue the facility.