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.

sassaThe Citizen reports that a planned strike by employees of the South African Security Service Agency (Sassa) affiliated to the Public Servants Association (PSA), scheduled to start on Wednesday, has been put on hold.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusinessLive reports that four mineworkers were found dead at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kloof Ikamva shaft after they went missing on Monday.  According to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), another worker is still missing in what was reported to be a “gassing” incident.  

eskomFin24 reports that two trade unions will hold a one day shutdown at Eskom on Thursday over 0% salary increases, despite many of the power utility’s employees being barred from striking as they are deemed to render essential services.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 11 June 2018.

transnetlogo thumb100 Timeslive reports that although on Friday the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) was granted a certificate of non-resolution to strike at Transnet over union recognition‚ the parties are still in talks about the dispute.  

southafricalogoGroundUp reports that sweeping changes to the Unemployment Insurance Act will mean that contributors who lose their jobs can draw benefits for up to a year instead of for eight months.  

CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that the City of Cape Town has forked out more than R300,000 to an employee it had overlooked for a top job.  

sassaEWN reports that according to the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa), a strike by workers affiliated to the Public Servants Association (PSA) will not affect the payment of social grants.  

CCMAEWN reports that according to Johannesburg’s Metrobus service, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has been called to intervene in negotiations between the company and workers from the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of SA (Demawusa).  

protestBusinessLive reports that cash-in-transit security officers are planning to march to the Gauteng legislature on Tuesday to call on the government to take action to help them combat a spate of cash heists.  

sapsNews24 reports that a task team was established on Friday to draft a five-year strategy to empower and develop female police officers at all levels in the SA Police Service (SAPS).  

saa thumb medium95 76Reuters reports that the catering arm of SA Airways (SAA) plans to lay off 118 workers, according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  The layoffs come as the struggling airline implements a turnaround strategy to restore profitability.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Bloomberg reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) plans to demand a R12,500 monthly minimum wage from some of the country’s top gold producers in upcoming wage negotiations.  

numsaTimeslive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is heading to court in a bid to recover damages from several senior executives from SAA Technical (SAAT) for their role in the alleged irregular sale of Ground Power Units (GPU).  

joburgcityCity Press writes that the financial health of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is on life support and could require a bailout unless something drastic is done.  

SaftuThe Citizen reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has accused Eskom of moving towards privatisation after its announcement of a 0% increase in wages, the cutting of 10,000 jobs and the “privatisation of electricity generation to independent power producers”.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 8 June 2018.

eskomBL Premium reports that Eskom has dragged the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to court over the regulator’s tariff decision and is toughing it out against employees with a wage freeze, despite the growing prospect of a strike.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that government has welcomed the signing of a three-year multi-term public sector wage agreement, even though it exceeded the 2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that just days after getting a R5bn bail-out from National Treasury‚ it has been reported that South African Airways (SAA) is spending millions on executives and consulting firms.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90News24 reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will this week be convening an inquiry into the recent demonstrations and protests at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday called for a total shutdown of state-owned power utility Eskom, following a collapse in wage negotiations.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that a group of volunteer paramedics were robbed at gun and knife point in the early hours of Saturday morning while attending to patients in Du Noon, Cape Town.  

vwCity Press reports that another components supplier is closing down in the Eastern Cape, leaving more than 150 workers jobless as its contract with Volkswagen SA (VWSA) has been terminated.  

labourcourtsMail & Guardian reports that the appeal panel of the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) has ordered a probe into the behaviour of a Labour Court judge accused of misconduct in his handling of a dispute.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that an employee has been killed in a fall-of-ground incident at Harmony Gold's Bambanani mine, in the Free State.  

PSCBCFin24 reports that a majority of trade unions have signed the public sector wage agreement, meaning that it will be implemented.  

npaBusinessLive reports that former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane is not off the hook despite the withdrawal of fraud and corruption charges against him on Thursday.  

sabcTimeslive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s application for leave to appeal against a decision that he must personally pay for the legal costs associated with a ban on coverage of protest action has been dismissed with costs.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that SA Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana said in Parliament on Thursday that staff rationalisation at the state-owned carrier was a necessity.