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.

joburgcityEWN reports that the City of Johannesburg will on Friday hear claims that Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) chief David Tembe incited junior officers to revolt against senior officers, and that the relationship between the chief and senior managers has completely broken down.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that video footage showing a road worker being hit by a green Toyota Avanza in the Western Cape has gone viral across the world.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of Solidarity, writes that a consequence of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (Amcu’s) four-month long strike at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold mines was that by the end of March the loss of income of the 14,000 striking union members averaged R56,400 per striking worker.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90EWN reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) visited Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein operation on Wednesday and indicated that it still needed to determine if there was a need for a public inquiry into disruptions at the mine.  

newsHeraldLive reports that a Limpopo teacher accused of buying alcohol for a pupil and fondling her is recovering in hospital after he was attacked by members of the community.  

kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that the KwaZulu-Natal education department has suspended the principal of a Durban primary school, pending an investigation into allegations of sexual, physical and verbal abuse of teachers, four years after the teachers first complained.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80Cape Argus reports that the Western Cape garment and textile industry, once the backbone of job creation in the province, is set for a major boost with funding from the provincial government.  

newsThe Mercury reports that barely a month after he vowed to save the cash strapped KZN Blind and Deaf Society from closing its doors, former Constitutional Court (ConCourt) Justice Zak Yacoob has resigned.  

joburgcityThe Sunday Independent reports that employees of Johannesburg City Library are up in arms over what they claim is the failure by their employer to stick to an agreement reached with their union last year.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92SowetanLive reports that a Mpumalanga teacher who has raked in more than R1.5m in wages for sitting at home has taken the fight to get his job back to the Labour Court.  

MotsoalediSowetan reports that all doctors and nurses could soon be subjected to annual TB tests as health minister Aaron Motsoaledi ups the ante on the rampant infection.  

effSowetanLive reports that the EFF in North West has been ordered to pay a former junior staff member 11 months’ salary totalling R102,300 for unfair dismissal.  

SenzeniZokwana2BusinessLive reports that according to agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister Senzeni Zokwana, government is looking at ways of establishing a hemp industry to help diversify the agricultural sector and to create jobs.  

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ramaphosaANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed himself to improving the rail transportation sector which has been criticised in recent years for poor and inefficient service.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was scheduled on Wednesday to conduct a fact-finding mission at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine in Carletonville amid the four-and-a-half-month wage strike that has claimed nine lives.  

Mathunjwa2Miningmx writes that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president, Joseph Mathunjwa, lived up to his billing as “a s**t-stirrer of note” when he launched an all-out attack on Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman on Tuesday.  

arcelormittalANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Wednesday that it was forging ahead with a month-long strike at the local subsidiary of multinational steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal.  

gunTimesLIVE reports that a police reservist was shot dead on Monday when he came across a group of armed men in police uniform who were robbing a business in Mariannhill, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

transnetlogo thumb100 Fin24 reports that Transnet has announced that its chief executive for Freight Rail, Ravi Nair, has resigned following his suspension in March.  

nissanFin24 reports that according to Nissan, a multi-billion rand investment in its SA plant for the production of the latest version of the Navara pickup will result in the creation of about 1,200 full time jobs.  

bhekiceleBusinessLive reports that the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday set aside the decision in June 2012 by former president Jacob Zuma to fire Bheki Cele as national police commissioner on allegations of corruption.  

sandu1TimesLIVE reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) on Tuesday offered a different version to that of military top brass as to why 35 soldiers studying medicine in Cuba could not continue with their studies abroad.  

samwu thumb medium80 78TimesLIVE reports that the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) has confirmed that it is insolvent and has been struggling to pay staff salaries since August last year.  

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater will be placing shares worth R1.8bn in an effort to minimise the impact on its balance sheet of the ongoing strike at its gold mines and to head-off possible disruptions flowing from the upcoming platinum sector wage negotiations.  

hawksNews24 reports that a sting operation by the Hawks' Serious Corruption Investigation unit, in collaboration with Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and Special Investigating Unit, culminated in the closing down of a private vehicle testing station in Lephalale on Monday.  

SWEATKholi Buthelezi, national co-ordinator of the Sisonke National Sex Workers Movement in SA, writes that for decades her sisters and brothers in the sex industry have been battling to get their rights recognised and make the decriminalisation of sex work a reality.  

ictBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed members of a Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to recommend policies, strategies and plans to position SA as a competitive player in the digital space.  

protestEWN reports that the Trade Union for Musicians of SA (Tumsa) says it won't give up its fight for the rights of musicians and other creatives in the industry.  

platinumbarFin24 reports that the Minerals Council SA (previously called the Chamber of Mines) has warned that 90,000 jobs in the local platinum mining sector are at risk due to a combination of strikes, weak demand, declining productivity, growth in recycling and the rising cost of electricity.