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, 2 June 2016.


MINING LABOUR

Gold mining companies to appeal silicosis class action certification ruling

Mining Weekly reports that several gold mining companies have filed individual applications to appeal against the silicosis class certification judgment handed down by the South Gauteng High Court on 13 May.

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Search for missing Impala Platinum miner continues

ANA reports that Impala Platinum Holdings said on Thursday that rescue teams were digging deeper into the ground in a bid to find trapped miner Ohemile Moses Maamogwa.

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Keaton Energy’s Vaalkrantz colliery retrenchments completed

Mining Weekly reports that coal producer Keaton Energy’s subsidiary Leeuw Mining and Exploration (LME) has concluded a Section 189A process for the retrenchment of all 80 employees at its KZN Vaalkrantz colliery.

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Struggling NUM has lost 40% of its members in five years

Cape Times reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has lost 40% of its members in five years, which has resulted in the union operating at a financial loss since 2013.

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NUM warns 45,000 miners face job cuts

Reuters reports that about 45,000 workers face layoffs in the South Africa's struggling mining sector, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday.

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NUM plans cost cuts to fund aggressive membership drive

BDLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is looking to slash costs to fund an aggressive recruitment drive as it continues to lose membership.

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Other labour posting(s) in this news category

  • Matosa calls out those who attend 'secret meetings' to 'weaken NUM', at EWN
  • Distressed NUM gets SACP backing, at Business Report
  • NUM internal doc shows demand of 20% wage hike at Amplats, at Mining Weekly


MARIKANA DEATHS / FARLAM INQUIRY REPORT

Phiyega passes buck by saying Marikana culpability lies with her subordinate

ANA reports that it was asserted on Thursday that Riah Phiyega was restricted from intervening in the labour unrest in North West prior to the Marikana massacre, and so there’s no way she could be liable for the orders that led to the massacre.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • Mpofu deals appropriately with Claassen at Phiyega inquiry, at BDLive
  • 'Phiyega is óf onbevoeg, óf skuldig aan moord', at Netwerk24
  • ‘Breathtakingly inaccurate’: Phiyega castigated as inquiry moves to a close, at Daily Maverick
  • Phiyega should have known Marikana op could not ‘be carried out without bloodshed’, at HeraldLive


INDUSTRIAL ACTION / STRIKES / LOCK-OUTS

Solidarity and Safair still disagree over right to strike

Fin24 reports that trade union Solidarity and Safair, holding company of low-cost airline FlySafair, still do not see eye to eye.

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LABOUR MARKET / RECRUITMENT

More than half of SA students plan to work abroad after graduating

ANA reports that a survey conducted among over 1,500 South African students has revealed that 54% of the respondents plan to move abroad for work purposes in the next five years following their graduation.

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REMUNERATION / FRINGE BENEFITS

SA’s firefighters in Canada get pay raise after ‘slave labour’ concerns

TMG Digital reports that the Globe and Mail (G&M) has reported that, fearing they would be seen as using “slave labour”‚ Canadian officials are jacking up the salaries of South African firefighters who are in Alberta to battle a wildfire.

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EXECUTIVE PAY

Old Mutual points at ‘unique circumstances’ for huge proposed CEO payout

BDLive writes that the £9m remuneration package that is on the cards for Old Mutual CEO Bruce Hemphill is part of a "unique pay structure designed for a unique set of circumstances", a group spokesman said on Thursday.

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Altron paid former exec Craig Venter R15m 'separation payment'

ITWeb reports that Altron paid former Altech CEO Craig Venter R15 million in a "separation payment" when he left the company last year according to the IT organisation's 2016 Remuneration Report.

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WORKPLACE CODES / DRESS POLICIES

eNCA consults with employees over ‘doek’ dress policy

EWN reports that eNCA says it has started consultations with its employees over its policy around the wearing of “doeks” following claims that the broadcaster canned a story because the reporter was wearing a headscarf.

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RESTRUCTURING / RETRENCHMENTS / COMPANY JOB LOSSES

Gupta-owned Sahara Computers retrenches staff, blames banks

Business Report writes that Gupta-owned information technology company Sahara Computers retrenched 40 workers on Thursday after it failed to resolve an ongoing battle with South Africa's major banks.

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EDUCATION / SKILLS / TRAINING / QUALIFICATIONS

SA on track to hit annual target of 30,000 artisans, says Blade

BDLive reports that the government remains confident of meeting its target of producing 30,000 artisans per year in line with the National Development Plan, despite the challenges faced by some training institutions.

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Other internet posting(s) in this news category

  • ‘Obsessie met matriekuitslae skep meer werkloses’, at Netwerk24


WEB LINKS TO LABOUR NEWS ARTICLES ON THURSDAY, 2 JUNE 2016

See our listing of links to labour articles published on the internet on Thursday, 2 June 2016 at SA Labour News

 

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