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.

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that a group of firefighters have turned the heat up on the City of Cape Town, saying they are tired of being paid intern rates for facing the same flames as older colleagues.  

vavi1Greg Nicolson reports that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi on Thursday said plans to establish a new trade union federation were well under way and unions would be meeting within three weeks to choose a launch date.  

parliamentIOL News reports that Cosatu has thrown its full weight behind a call from the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) for the suspension and investigation into Parliament’s secretary, Gengezi Mgidlana.  

newsBloomberg reports that the SA units of automakers are confident they are close to striking a wage deal with trade unions, a development that would help prevent strike action that has hampered the industry in the past.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 1 September 2016

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 31 August 2016.

southafricalogoThe minimum wage in the private security sector will increase from 1 September 2016 by an average of 7.1% in terms of a sectoral determination (SD) that will expire on 31 August 2017.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that the former spokesman of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) claims the union is refusing to pay him out after a settlement was reached at the CCMA.  

graduate thumb100 SABC News reports that hundreds of students from the Maritime Business Computer College in Durban have been left stranded after the illegal college shut down without informing students.  

earningsSABC News reports that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says he fails to understand why he should feel guilty about receiving a bonus when he met his targets of turning Eskom around.  

minerReuters reports that the mining industry had been making great safety strides, with mining deaths falling for eight straight years, until this year.  

cwu thumb medium90 95Fin24 reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has cried foul over a damning labour court ruling handed down against it on Tuesday.  The Johannesburg Labour Court’s Judge AJ Snyman struck down the CWU’s bid to interdict Telkom from completing a restructuring process.  

richardsbaymineralsNews24 reports that a Richards Bay mining boss has been gunned down in an apparent hit, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday.  

strike thumb medium85 85Netwerk24 reports that the wage strike at Robertson Winery will continue for another week until next Wednesday.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that Gauteng state hospitals are short of 574 doctors and 1,209 nurses, a written reply by Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has revealed.  

cosatuBDLive reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday called for restraint between its affiliate, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), and the SA Communist Party (SACP).  

sasolSABC News reports that the battle over salary increases continues at the Sasol coal mine in Secunda, Mpumalanga.  

pikitupANA reports that new City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has had to put out fires after only a week in the job following a stern warning from the EFF and Cosatu and its affiliate, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Sadtu), against the privatisation of waste removal entity Pikitup.  

newsThe Citizen reports that a multibillion-rand joint venture between Chinese carmaker Beijing Automobile Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will see the construction of the largest automobile plant built in SA in 40 years.  

mtnBusiness Report writes that, with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) having withdrawn an interdict application aimed at preventing MTN from outsourcing its call centre facilities, both parties have agreed to “engage” on the matter.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 31 August 2016

news shutterstockIn our Wednesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Tuesday, 30 August 2016.

strike thumb medium85 85SABC News reported on Tuesday that employees of Robertson Winery in the Boland region of the Western Cape have still not reached an agreement with their employer over a pay dispute.  

protestIOL News reports that Gauteng could come to a standstill next Thursday if the leaders of #OutsourcingMustFall movement get their way.  Themba Ncalo, a representative of the movement, indicated:  We have taken a decision with the shop stewards and the workers’ associations that the shutdown will happen next week (8 September).”  

telkom thumb100 Fin24 reports that the Labour Court has struck down a Communication Workers Union (CWU) bid to interdict Telkom from completing a restructuring process.  

healthcareDaily News reports that South Africans will soon be able to get a glimpse into the lives of doctors who have to deal with 30-hour shifts, trauma cases, casualties, short-staffed emergency units and long queues of irate patients.  

mtnBusiness Report writes that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has withdrawn an interdict application against MTN intended to stop the cellular operator’s call centre outsourcing plans.  

strike thumb medium85 85DispatchLive reports that staff at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha have gone on strike for better salaries and medical aid contributions.  

protestThe Citizen reports that the sexual harassment of domestic workers by male employers will form part of a massive protest scheduled in Gauteng and the Western Cape.  Other core issues that will emerge during the protest are the noncompliance of employers with the labour laws and the poor working conditions workers are subjected to.  

hospersaANA reports that the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) on Tuesday condemned attacks on emergency services workers allegedly perpetuated by tow truck drivers in the Free State.