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.

nehawu80EWN reports that at least 1,500 members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) have embarked on a strike after wage talks deadlocked with management at the Agricultural Research Centre.  

sacpTimesLive reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), has declined an invitation by the SA Communist Party (SACP) to the party’s national congress‚ presently underway in Boksburg.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Tuesday urged its members and “all other workers” to throw their weight behind the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), which it said was involved in a “life-or-death struggle” in the metal and engineering sector.  

NationalZooEWN reports that the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria has hired casual workers to keep the facility running smoothly amid a strike by its employees.  

gautengANA reports that the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of disputed taxi ranks and routes in Soweto following months of intimidation and violence.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The Citizen reports that a qualified nurse has obtained an urgent court order forcing the Gauteng health department to place her at the clinic of her choice for her year of community service.  

SamsaNews24 reports that an international crew of 30 fishermen from a burning Taiwanese vessel were rescued off the Durban coast on Tuesday, the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has said.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that the ANC confirmed on Monday that it supported the policy proposal put forward by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to use money allocated for tax rebates to South Africans on medical aid to fund National Health Insurance (NHI).  

uberThe Citizen reports that Uber will be challenging this week’s ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) that seven deactivated drivers of the app-based service are employees and not “driver partners”.  

NationalZooNews24 reports that a non-striking employee of the National Zoological Gardens of SA (NZG) in Pretoria was allegedly assaulted as he tried to get to work on Tuesday morning.  

boardroomtableBusinessLive reports that employer organisations in the metal and engineering sector are negotiating directly with workers after failing to reach agreement with unions on wages, while trade unions have threatened industrial action.  

eskomEWN reports that Eskom says it will clarify its position on the possibility of closing down four power stations when it releases its financial results next Wednesday.  

bladenzimandeDaily News reports that the Higher Education and Training Department (DHET) has sourced funding from the EU to audit and verify infrastructure at technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges.  

anglogoldashantiBusinessLive reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) chairman Sipho Pityana has warned of further job cuts in mining, saying SA’s macroeconomic policies made it impossible to sustain jobs.  

santacoBusiness Report writes that the planned taxi protest against the government on Wednesday has been suspended for further engagement on the issues raised by the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) during its meeting with government on Friday.  

SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Thursday said the just-ended African National Congress (ANC) policy conference “failed abysmally to resolve, or even seriously debate, the major issues” facing the country.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that CEOs of JSE-listed large-cap basic resources companies are the highest paid among their peers, despite spectacular share price declines among stocks in this sector over the past decade.  

numsaEngineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday warned of an imminent strike in the metals and engineering sector, after the latest round of negotiations reached a deadlock on Thursday.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLive reports that the SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Friday won an interdict against Black First Land First (BLF) to stop the movement from intimidating and attacking journalists reporting on state capture.  

numsaBusinessLive reports that operations at the Transnet offices in Richards Bay were expected to come to a standstill on Friday as a result of a protest march by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

jseBusinessLive reports that belt-tightening at JSE Limited, the company which operates the Johannesburg bourse, could lead to 14% of its staff being retrenched by the end of 2017.  

hawksANA reports that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks) said on Thursday that they had arrested six men for corruption, illegal dealing in precious metals, possession of gold and theft at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu gold mine.  

tshwane thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the EFF is credited with convincing the Joburg mayor to directly employ security guards for the metro from outsourced companies‚ but it appears unlikely that the party will replicate the feat in Tshwane.  

transnet thumb100 ANA reports that Transnet said on Thursday that it had experienced interruptions to its operations on the Richards Bay coal line as a result of violent community protests in certain areas of northern KwaZulu-Natal.  

pscEWN reports that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has agreed to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) request for an investigation into suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's very protracted disciplinary process.  

gautengEWN reports that Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says the strike by mortuary workers has resulted in a backlog of at least 150 bodies still needing postmortems.  

meibcEngineering News reports that with wage negotiations in the metals and engineering sector having come to a standstill, trade union Solidarity fears that a resulting strike would jeopardise the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  

anglogoldashantiBusinessLive reports that, ahead of formal retrenchment talks next week, unions at AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) have demanded that the company should account for its compliance with a pledge it signed in 2015 to preserve or even grow jobs in the sector.  

strike thumb medium85 85TimesLive reports that attempts to avert industrial action at the Pretoria Zoo officially collapsed on Thursday‚ with the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) slapping management of the National Zoological Gardens of SA (NZG) with a strike notice.  

gautengBusinessLive reports that Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has announced that her department has conceded to mortuary workers’ demands for a better wage deal in order to get them back on the job.