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.

ambulanceTimesLive reports that the number of cases where paramedics are being targeted by criminals while attending to patients is on the rise in South Africa.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Liesl Peyper writes that it remains to be seen whether this year’s wage negotiations at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin are going to be as drawn-out as in 2014.  

sibanyeBusiness Report writes that Sibanye’s move on Monday to begin talks with unions on the future of its loss-making Cooke 4 Operations puts about 2,500 jobs on the line if the gold producer decides to close operations.  

southafricalogoThe Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) says it remains committed to making sure that employees who are leaving the public service are paid out on time.  It was responding to a critical report by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on pension pay-outs.  

phiyegaTimesLive reports that suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega will finally know her fate when the Claassen Board of Inquiry, which is investigating her fitness to hold office, releases its findings by the end of next month.  

ICASAITWeb reported on Monday that the strike at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) was in its second week, as employees continued to protest for their demands to be met.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 11 July 2016

strike thumb medium85 85eNCA reports that that the city-wide Metrobus strike in Johannesburg is expected to continue on Tuesday and authorities say all bus services will be cancelled.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that labour federation Cosatu will embark on mass protest action against rail and bus services in Cape Town on Tuesday.  

gunCape Times reports that train drivers in the Western Cape downed tools on Monday after one of their colleagues was gunned down at Netreg train station.  

numReuters reports that, with Sibanye Gold having initiated talks with unions about cutting jobs at its loss-making Cooke 4 Operations, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has vowed to fight any reductions.  

joburgcityTMG Digital reports that Johannesburg Metrobus drivers have vowed to intensify their unprotected strike if the decision to outsource bus inspectors is not reversed.  

BDLive reports that the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has ordered the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to withdraw its decision to ban footage of violent protests where public property is being destroyed.  

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 8 July 2016.

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reported on Monday afternoon that Johannesburg’s Metrobus management was meeting with union leaders to try and resolve issues around a strike by some of its bus drivers.  

sapsNetwerk24 reports that the bodies of more than 50 illegal miners have been brought to surface over the past four months at mine shafts around Welkom.  

platinumbarReuters reports that the world’s top three platinum producers face tough wage talks this week with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) demanding pay rises of more than 50% , while the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is seeking 20%.  

sabcTMG Digital reports that eight SABC journalists who are facing disciplinary action for speaking up against the public broadcaster’s controversial chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng have been awarded the Nat Nakasa award for their courage.  

newsNews24 reports that the decomposing bodies of nine illegal miners were found underground in the Bambanani West mine shaft in Welkom, bringing the number of bodies recovered to 12.  

eskomTMG Digital reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says Eskom’s executives shouldn’t be paid bonuses for keeping the lights on – it’s their job do so‚ for which they’re already getting big salaries.  

NMMUTMG Digital reports that Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has been shut down by the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco)‚ which embarked on a mass protest on Monday morning.  

sibanyeBDLive reports that Sibanye Gold announced on Monday that it has started a process that may lead to retrenching staff and closing its unprofitable Cooke 4 underground mine and Ezulwini Gold and Uranium processing plant (the Cooke 4 Operation).  

uberEWN reports that an Uber driver is recovering in hospital after he was attacked, allegedly by a group of clients at the weekend in Cape Town.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Sunday refused to confirm the veracity of a report by union Solidarity that the disciplinary hearings of suspended news journalists had been suspended.  

ems joburgEWN reports that Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) confirmed that six of its paramedics were robbed at gunpoint while attending to a stabbing in Jeppestown on Sunday.  

parliamentTimesLive writes that conflict over bad management in Parliament has seen a mass exodus of senior staff, who have resigned due to their deteriorating relationship with the head of the institution, Gengezi Mgidlana.  

ELRCNetwerk24 reports that the Free State Department of Education received a tongue lashing from an Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) commissioner, who ordered the reinstatement of Fanie Roeloffze, the dismissed principal of Laerskool Wilgehof in Bloemfontein.  

UNTUThe Star reports that employees affiliated to the United National Transport Union (Untu) could embark on a strike from Tuesday if their employer, Bombela, fails to heed their pay demands.  Bombela operates the Gautrain service.  

cosatuBusiness Report writes that labour federation Cosatu has announced plans to march to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) this week over the plight of workers at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.  

solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity is to go to court to revoke the suspensions of three senior SABC journalists and to test the constitutionality of SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s censorship instruction.