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.

cosatueNCA reports that Cosatu’s Sixth Central Committee meeting, which is expected to last for four days, kicks off in Pretoria on Monday.  

mildredoliphantBusiness Report writes that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant was untruthful when she claimed that more than 50% of the over 21 companies fined for contraventions of the Employment Equity Act (EEA) were JSE-listed companies.  

vavi1Sunday Independent reports that Cosatu says it continues to be “haunted” by the sex scandal that involved its former general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80City Press reports that labour federation Cosatu has warned of war and deaths as the Western Cape suffers its worst drought in more than 100 years.  

farming thumb medium80 84Fin24 reports that expert Gary Collar says that there is a lack of training in the agricultural sector, which is necessary for small farms to grow into commercial farms.  

TUTThe Citizen reports that outsourced contract workers at the University of Technology (TUT) have threatened to shut the institution down on Monday unless management agrees to make them permanent employees.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87News24 reports that allegations that students were being fraudulently enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN’s) medical school needed to be investigated swiftly, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) said on Tuesday. 

SpurTimesLive reports that Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder has accused trade union Solidarity of trying to score "political points" after the union's CE, Dirk Hermann, penned an open letter saying he had "lost his appetite" for the restaurant franchise.  

saa thumb medium95 76SowetanLive reports that the one-day strike by SA Airways (SAA) cabin crew staff over meal allowances cost the national carrier about R32-million due to the cancellation of flights.  

protestDaily News reports that police and metro police were forced to use stun grenades to disperse protesting tow truck operators who blockaded the N2 Freeway to Umhlanga on Friday morning.  

SWEATTimesLive reports that a report by the SA Law Reform Commission is expected to recommend continued criminalisation of sex workers when it is unveiled on Friday.  

ebrahimpatelFin24 reports that Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced on Thursday that government would be looking to creating opportunities for workers to participate as shareholders in companies and having representatives on company boards.  

daNews24 reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) is going to ask the Public Protector to investigate the so-called education ‘jobs for cash’ scandal.  

nehawu80News24 reports that members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has vowed that their strike action at the University of Pretoria (UP) would intensify on Friday and that members would be “going all out”.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) tabled its list of wage review demands to Kumba Iron Ore (KIO) for the 2017 wage negotiations on Thursday.  

MsunduziNews24 reports that calm returned to Msunduzi municipality, Pietermaritzburg on Thursday with workers reporting for duty after they were finally paid their salaries, a day after the normal payday of each month.  

mtnBusinessLive reports that MTN faced a barrage of questions from shareholders over a payout to Phuthuma Nhleko when he was executive chairman, the group’s transformation plans and its risk and compliance systems.  

joburgcityBusinessLive reports that Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Thursday reversed a salary increase awarded to his chief of staff, Michael Beaumont, who received an annual increase of almost R500,000 during his probation period.  

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metrorail thumb medium90 92TMG Digital/TimesLive report that angry commuters torched a train they were travelling on after it broke down at around 6pm on Wednesday in Briardene in Durban.  

Lynne BrownMining Weekly reports that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has announced that she will institute a “broad scope” investigation into allegations of corruption currently hanging over state-owned electricity utility Eskom.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Tuesday that it would start wage negotiations this week with Kumba Iron Ore (KIO) as the parties’ three-year agreement comes to an end on 30 June.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Mining Weekly reports that platinum producer Lonmin re-opened two of its shafts on 20 May as community protests had ceased, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.  

pietermaritzburgcityhallNews24 reports that Msunduzi Local Municipality staff members downed tools on Wednesday, halting traffic in the Pietermaritzburg CBD after it emerged that they had not been paid.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that Cosatu has welcomed the decision of Parliament's Public Enterprise Committee to institute an urgent inquiry over Eskom’s reappointment of Brian Molefe as CEO.   

sadtu90TMG Digital reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has shifted the blame for the teaching jobs-for-cash scandal to district officials in provincial education departments.  

graphdown thumb medium90 80BusinessLive reports that Statistics SA on Wednesday reported the consumer price index (CPI) for April at 5.3% year-on-year, down from 6.1% in March.  

TUTNews24 reports that classes on the main campus of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will reopen on Thursday under the watchful eye of police.  

eskomFin24 reports that Eskom will investigate whether documents and correspondence that relate to the reinstatement of Brian Molefe as chief executive were destroyed shortly after they were requested by Parliament.  

susanshabangu thumb medium80 113eNA reports that Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, said on Wednesday about her cabinet colleague’s sexual overtures to a junior government employee that it was unacceptable for leaders in SA to make remarks that undermined women.