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.

newsEngineering News reports that the independent panel established to review the current list of items that are zero-rated for value-added tax (VAT) has recommended that white bread, flour, cake flour, sanitary products, school uniforms and nappies should be included in the list of zero-rated items.  

implatsMail & Guardian reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) recently announced its intention to cut 13,000 jobs over the next two years, reducing full-time and contracted employees from 40,000 to 27,000 by 2021.  

numsaBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is planning to list 360 Financial Services Group (360FSG), a subsidiary of its investment firm and owner of Doves funeral business, on the JSE in the next two years.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a man is set to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly killing a car guard after he noticed items were missing from his vehicle.  

Solidarity2Netwerk24 reports that steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal SA (AMSA) and trade union Solidarity on Wednesday signed a wage agreement.  

fedusa thumb medium80 85The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) issued a press statement late on Sunday night to indicate that its leadership and the leadership of its affiliate the United National Transport Union (Untu), would be presenting new proposals to striking Untu members on Monday morning at 09:00am.  

employment thumb100 This interesting US article from Bloomberg looks at whether artificial intelligence (AI) lives up to the promise to make hiring unbiased.  

gautrainEWN reports that Gautrain services will be limited heading into the coming week as wage negotiations between striking workers and operating company Bombela remain deadlocked.  

graduate thumb100 BusinessLive reports that MPs were told on Wednesday that the delays in issuing certificates to students from technical and vocational education training (TVET) colleges were hampering their capacity to find employment.  

saiceThe Citizen reports that the CEO of the SA Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), Manglin Pillay, will keep his job after apologising for writing a column that was widely condemned as sexist.  

southafricalogoMail & Guardian reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration is planning to lay off 30,000 public servants in the next three years as part of the government’s cost-cutting measures.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that the Eskom wage negotiations deadlocked on Wednesday, just as workers accepted the power utility’s wage offer.  

gautrainTimeslive reports that an attempt to break the deadlock between Gautrain operator Bombela and the United National Transport Union (Untu) was unsuccessful on Tuesday.  

earningsBusinessTech reports that in response to a parliamentary question, cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Des van Rooyen recently revealed that as of June 2018 there were 14 kingships, queenships, and/or principal traditional leaders across five of SA’s provinces.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP’s) select committee on economic and business development on Tuesday adopted the national minimum wage (NMW) bill, moving it a step closer to its implementation.  

artisan2Sowetan reports that higher education and training deputy minister Buti Manamela wants to change the perception that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges are for stupid people.  

UNTUEWN reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has lowered its wage demand for Gautrain members to 9%.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Fin24 reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) warned on Tuesday that should consultation fail, it would embark on industrial action at Impala Platinum (Implats) over looming job losses.  

employment thumb100 Business Report writes that the vaping market, which has apparently created more than 4,000 jobs in the wholesale and retail sectors, is expected to generate an additional 10,000 jobs in SA over the next 10 years.  

samwu thumb medium80 78SowetanLive reports that the leadership of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has been accused of illegally extending its stay at the helm of the biggest municipal labour union in the country.  

RBPlatBusiness Report writes that Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) said on Monday that it was currently not planning any retrenchments at its operation, but chief executive Steve Phiri remarked that the miner could not completely rule out the possibility.  

newsNews24 reports that the violent taxi strike that saw at least three buses set alight in the Western Cape on Monday has been called off.  

sabcTimeslive reports that former SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s lawyers were due on Tuesday to present closing arguments at the CCMA as to why his dismissal should be set aside.  

saiceFin24 reports that the SA Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) is to hold an emergency board meeting on Wednesday to discuss CEO Manglin Pillay’s widely criticised comments about women.  

uctThe Star reports that the University of Cape Town (UCT) has instituted an inquiry into the death of renowned cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi, whose funeral was held at the weekend.  

artisan2BusinessLive reports that according to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize, a shortage of skills in critical sectors such as water engineering continued to hamper the functioning of municipalities.  

pikitupThe Citizen reports that operations came to a complete halt at Pikitup’s Selby depot and the Panorama Garden site in Johannesburg on Monday.  This was after former Jozi@Work employees disrupted the waste management’s services demanding their jobs back.  

implatsheadgear smlMining Weekly writes that the mining industry remains male-dominated and much can still be done to address issues that specifically affect women.  

gautrainin24 reports that as the Gautrain strike entered its second week on Monday, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) conducted the first day of its intervention in the industrial action.  

newsTimeslive reports that Cape Town commuters already affected by disruption to passenger train services were warned to expect even more woes after three buses were attacked and two torched in the city on Monday.