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.

sabcThe Star reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) faces a showdown in the Constitutional Court over the suspension of three journalists.  

southafricalogoThe New Age reports that incorrect information supplied by employers about their workers has caused a backlog in payments for more than 1,000 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) beneficiaries at the North West labour department.  

eskomEWN reports that power utility Eskom has appealed to unions to take the current economic conditions into account as they considers salary increases.  

UbankBusiness Report writes that calls to establish a workers’ bank were bolstered last week as trade unions were urged to use their investments to bail out the financially strapped UBank.  

solidariteitNetwerk24 reports that Dr Dirk Hermann, chief executive of trade union Solidarity, says that the suspension of three SABC journalists affects all South Africans.  The case involves “more than labour rights” and affects two important issues, namely freedom of speech and what information is in the public interest, said Hermann.  

gavel thumb100 Mineweb reports that the South Gauteng High Court has refused a group of thirty gold mining companies leave to appeal the ruling handed down last month certifying class actions involving silicosis and TB sufferers.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that commuters from Mamelodi will bear the brunt of last week's political violence that resulted in 19 Autopax buses being torched in the township.  They will have to make alternative transport plans as Autopax, which runs City to City buses in the area, has suspended services.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92The New Age reports that seven passengers who were injured in a collision between two Metrorail commuter trains in Wentworth, Durban, on Thursday are still receiving treatment in various hospitals.  

postoffice thumb100 The New Age reports that unions say an “agreement in principle” with the SA Post Office (Sapo) on wage negotiations could be reached today (Monday).  

numsaHeraldLive reports that the battle lines have been drawn in the automotive industry as employers square up against labour for what is expected to be robust wage negotiations.  More than 31,000 employees across the country who will be affected by the outcome of the talks.  

statssaBDLive reports that a 1.2% GDP contraction in the first quarter of 2016 suggests that the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES), which show formal-sector employment, could disappoint when Statistics SA releases the data on Tuesday.  

numsaBDLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Friday it was considering a strike against Eskom for rejecting its wage increase demands.  

auroraTimesLive reports that President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse is making a last-ditch effort in the Supreme Court of Appeal to get out of paying R1.7-billion in Aurora debts relating to the destruction of the Pamodzi gold mines.  

southafricalogoBDLive reports that Wednesday, 3 August 2016, the day on which millions of South Africans will vote in municipal elections, has been declared a public holiday.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 25 June and Sunday, 26 June 2016

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 24 June 2016

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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.