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.

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 23 June 2016.

metrorail thumb medium90 92The New Age reports that a joint board of inquiry between Prasa and Transnet has been set up to investigate the root cause of Thursday’s train collision which left over a hundred passengers injured.  

UbankThe Star writes that trustees of cash-strapped UBank are in a race against time to raise funds in a bid to stave off a potential takeover by the Guptas.  

ujNetwerk24 reports that political scientist Dr Piet Croucamp will be leaving the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on 30 June 2016.  

fawuBusiness Report writes that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Thursday withdrew from the Competition Tribunal hearings on the Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev) takeover of SABMiller, tasking away another hurdle in the approval of the merger.  

strike thumb medium85 85TMG Digital reports that about 550 workers from LSG Sky Chefs, which provides catering services to international airlines, are striking against alleged “bullying and shouting” at staff.  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday said it would consult its members on an improved wage increase offer of 7% as tabled by power utility Eskom.  

gavel thumb100 BDLive reports that Anglo American SA argued in the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday that single test cases, rather than a class action, would be a better way for mineworkers suffering from silicosis to establish whether gold mining companies were liable to pay them compensation.  

uctCape Times reports that on 1 July 2016, close to 1,000 workers will become full-time employees of the University of Cape Town (UCT).  

newsNews24Wire reports that Mzwanele (Jimmy) Manyi, president of the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF), claimed on Wednesday that the private sector was actually the culprit to blame for South Africa’s current economic problems.  

boardroomtableBusiness Report writes that South Africa faces a winter of discontent as wage negotiations are hammered out in a low-growth environment.  

postoffice thumb100 Business Report writes that the Influential Information and Communication Union of SA (IICUOSA) said on Thursday that it will strike on Monday at the SA Post Office (Sapo).  

sabcMaroela Media reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has suspended three staff members in its news room with immediate effect for allegedly broadcasting audio and video material of violent protests.  

parliamentBDLive reports that the standoff between the secretary to Parliament and staff aligned to the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) degenerated further on Thursday.  

eskomFin24 reports that power utility Eskom said on Thursday that its latest pay hike offer could lead the cash-strapped company into deeper cost cuts.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 23 June 2016

news shutterstockIn our Thursday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Wednesday, 22 June 2016.

OakbayNews24Wire reports that Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments on Thursday slammed media reports about an approach to buy UBank as "speculation", with "several significant untruths and misunderstandings".  

ABInBevBDLive reports that the Competition Tribunal said on Wednesday that SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) needed to state exactly how long their commitment not to retrench staff would stand.  

saruThe Citizen reports that labour federation Cosatu’s Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich and a transformation group think some of the untransformed ‘Stellenbosch Mafia’ Springboks are ‘playing badly’ as part of a ‘classically’ racist plot.  

parliamentBDLive reports that Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana has charged four officials of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) over disruptions to a staff meeting, the union said on Thursday.  

numDavid McKay reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it would oppose an offer to sell its 50% stake in Ubank to Oakbay Investments, a company owned by the politically-connected Gupta family.  

capetown thumb100 Fin24 reports that a new survey by human resource consultancy Mercer ranks Cape Town and Johannesburg among the least expensive cities in the world for expatriate workers.  Luanda in Angola is the second most expensive for international companies.  

transnetlogo thumb100 News24Wire reports that Transnet Limited's largest division, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), has launched an investigation into the death of an employee who fell to his death while on duty on a bridge in Mpumalanga.  

earningsFin24 reports that the average South African salary in May grew just above the estimated rate of inflation, according to the BankservAfrica Disposable Salary (BDSI) data released on Wednesday.  

eskomReuters reports that power utility Eskom has raised its wage offer to 7% from 5.75% in negotiations with workers, the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM’s) spokesman said on Wednesday.  

parliamentEWN reports that Parliament's management has issued a terse statement, chiding employees who refused to allow secretary for Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana to address a staff meeting.  

postoffice thumb100 BDLive reports that the Influential Information and Communication Union of SA (IICUOSA) said on Wednesday it would embark on a programme of action from next week, in protest against outsourcing at the SA Post Office (Sapo).  

durbanANA reports that the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality on Wednesday warned residents applying for the city’s artisan development programme of a scam in which con artists solicit an application fee via SMS.  

ebrahimpatelBDLive writes that the long-awaited establishment of a committee to look into the effect of import tariffs on the steel industry might be too little too late, with customers of ArcelorMittal SA (AMSA) haemorrhaging jobs at an increasing rate.