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.

newsThe Star reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has vowed to fight threats by the Rand West City Local Municipality to dismiss over 700 employees for their protracted illegal strike.  

RailwaySafetyRegulatorNews24 reports that according to the latest railway safety statistics revealed by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday, there has been a decrease in railway fatalities, but an increase in the number of commuters injured due to "operational occurrences".  

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that one of the four men accused of killing six mineworkers when they set the bus they were travelling in alight last year has been sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment for each count of murder.  

woolworthsBL Premium reports that Woolworths SA CEO Zyda Rylands was the only executive of the food and clothing group to be awarded a short-term bonus in financial 2019.  

employment thumb100 BusinessTech reports that jobs website Adzuna has published new data on the areas in SA with the most job openings.  

OldMutualFin24 reports that Old Mutual has slammed on-off CEO Peter Moyo by saying the ongoing dispute between him and the insurer was a "public spectacle" and an indication that Moyo "continues to place his interests ahead of Old Mutual and its shareholders".  

prasaFin24 reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has announced two new executive appointments, following several suspensions announced in recent months.  

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that while all of the City of Cape Town's fire stations were operating with a full staff complement on Tuesday, it was a case of "wait and see" if this remained the case after 16:30.  

hawksNews24 reports that the Hawks have put together task teams to investigate maladministration and corruption at municipalities around the country.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that more than 30 alleged illegal miners (zama zamas) were arrested on Tuesday morning during a police operation at the Krugersdorp Old Gold Mine in West Village.  

woolworthsBusiness Report writes that Woolworths group chief executive Ian Moir’s total remuneration declined 23.4% during the year to the end of June.  

amcu thumb medium80 81BusinessLive reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has thrown down the gauntlet, saying it could down tools to force platinum mining bosses to accede to its wage demands.  

minerBL Premium reports that SA’s mining industry recorded fewer deaths in the first nine months of 2019, the lowest rate since the industry began tracking its safety performance 100 years ago.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Argus reports that according to student crowdfunding platform Feenix, SA’s economic prospects could not afford a proposal where Grade 9 pupils were allowed to exit the schooling system, leaving them “ill-prepared for the fast-changing world we live in”.  

southafricalogoCape Times reports that a Goedemoed correctional facility warder is suspected of being the mastermind behind the “contract murder” and rape of female colleagues by an inmate, according to a report issued by the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS).  

gavel thumb100 Sunday Tribune reports that a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) teacher charged with statutory rape of a pupil at his school was released on bail last week, with conditions attached.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday launch the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF), a collaboration aimed at preventing, detecting and prosecuting fraud and corruption in the sector.  

sapsIndependent News reports that the security and justice committee in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will soon finalise a law that will strip Minister of Police Bheki Cele of his powers to suspend or fire the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).  

cosatuThe Star reports that trade union federation Cosatu has yet again warned that it will not back the ANC’s proposed solutions for the country’s ailing economy if the solutions are based on the economic recovery plan proposed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.  

medicaldoctorThe Star reports that an investigation is to be launched to look into whether there was anything irregular in the final examination that has been “shockingly” failed by all would-be surgeons from five universities.  

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strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that the taxi industry has weighed in on the pending nationwide strike by petrol attendants, auto-components and vehicle dealerships workers and has called on the employer and union negotiators to find each other to avoid a strike that will devastate the taxi industry and the economy.  

Mathunjwa2City Press reports that according to Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa, the union knew there would be a bloodbath of jobs if Sibanye-Stillwater’s acquisition of Lonmin’s Marikana operations was approved by the Competition Commission.  

eskomBL Premium reports that the two largest trade unions at Eskom say they have yet to be called into talks with the government and Eskom to discuss the company’s future.  

delilleThe Citizen reports that ahead of a report in November by Auditor_General Kimi Makwetu, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille, has uncovered more disturbing corruption revelations within her department.  

saa thumb medium95 76TimesLIVE reports that South African Airways (SAA) has committed to resolving internal grievances that saw its pilots threatening last week to go on strike.  

ictEngineering News reports that the skills gap in SA’s information and communication technology (ICT) sector is considerable and is widening as a result of digital transformation.  

cloverBusinessLive reports that dairy products producer Clover Industries indicated on Thursday that it might appeal against the conditions set by the Competition Tribunal on its merger with the Milco consortium.  

retirementEngineering News reports that Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has come out in support of government's prescribed retirement fund assets proposal.  

sancoANA reports that the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) in the North West province on Thursday called for government intervention to avert job losses in the mining sector.