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.

eskomReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday rejected an improved wage offer from power utility Eskom as it still fell short of its demands.  But, the utility said the pay talks would continue.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Tuesday, 21 June 2016

cosatuFin24 reports that labour federation Cosatu on Tuesday postponed its planned strike against Metrorail and the City of Cape Town due to take place on Wednesday, after it was deemed illegal.  

gautrainTimesLive reports that Gautrain bus services in Pretoria were suspended following violent protests in the area on Tuesday.  

tshwane thumb100 TimesLive reports that the Pretoria CBD was 'a no go' area on Tuesday afternoon as workers in the capital city feared being caught up in election campaign violence.  

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Monday, 20 June 2016.

popcruNews24 reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said on Tuesday that Parliament must urgently pass a law that disqualifies people charged with killing police officers from getting bail.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that about 300 employees from LSG Sky Chefs SA blocked Jones Road in Jet Park, Boksburg, on Monday while striking under the banner of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

zumaTerry Bell writes that it will be something of a miracle if any serious conclusion is reached at the high level meeting on Tuesday between President Jacob Zuma and leaders of the labour caucus at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).  

northwestuniversityNews24 reports that North West University (NWU) could be taken to court for its apparent failure to address allegations that a senior staff member sexually harassed 14 women.  

generalmotorsBDLive reports that General Motors SA (GMSA) has begun discussions with its workforce to reduce employment at its Struandale vehicle assembly plant in Port Elizabeth.  

hawksTMG Digital reports that a swift response by police and the Hawks in Cala‚ Eastern Cape‚ has resulted in the arrest of five men accused of killing an officer.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is on the hunt to fill more than 100 metro police posts, most of which are currently filled by traffic and safety and security officers in an acting capacity.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92eNCA reports that violent protests in Tshwane have disrupted train services between Cordelfos and Kalafong, Metrorail said on Tuesday.  

handcuffsANA reports that a 35-year-old man who allegedly shot two security guards in Orkney near Klerksdorp was expected to appear in court on Monday, North West police advised.  

popcruCape Argus reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has lodged a grievance with national police management after the demotion of two seasoned Western Cape crime fighters.  

sabmillerlogoFinancial Times reports that SABMiller CEO Alan Clark took a £1.2m cut in total pay last year, but will be in line to receive a payout of £55m once the brewing group is taken over by larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev.  

zumaBusiness Report writes that organised labour will meet with the government on Tuesday to discuss economic and socio-economic matters.  

numBloomberg reports that with wage talks at South Africa’s major platinum producers set to start, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is demanding a 20% increase in pay from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

postoffice thumb100 BDLive reports that SA Post Office (Sapo) CE Mark Barnes on Monday said no retrenchments were being contemplated, but that the entity was putting together a package for voluntary early retirement.  

sapsTimesLive reports that police have beefed up a task team investigating a series of murders in the Limpopo town of Northam, which are suspected to be linked to rivalry between two mining unions.  

cosatuBDLive reports that more than 200,000 members of labour federation Cosatu in the Western Cape are due to go on a strike on Wednesday to demand improved rail and bus services in Cape Town.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 20 June 2016

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 17 June 2016.

newsFin24 reports that, in the midst of staggeringly high unemployment figures, South Africa hosted more asylum seekers than any other country in the world at the end of 2015.  This is according to a report by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).  

zumaTimesLive writes that the government has gone into overdrive to avert the explosion of an unemployment "time bomb".  President Jacob Zuma will meet with government leaders, officials and unionists on Tuesday to discuss the state of the economy, including remorselessly increasing youth unemployment.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that Lily gold mine in Mpumalanga is still waiting for a deposit of a R171.8 million investment from a Canadian company.  

harmonyANA reports that Harmony Gold Mining on Monday announced that an employee had died in a mine accident underground at its Welkom operation in the Free State over the weekend.  

protestBDLive reports that University of Johannesburg (UJ) research has shown that labour issues accounted for almost half of all public protests recorded by the police between 1997 and 2013, while the number of protests characterised as disorderly had steadily risen.  

cosatuCity Press writes that it his new book, The Battle for Cosatu: An Insider’s View, Patrick Craven gives an ‘insider’s view’ of the infighting in labour federation Cosatu and the determination to get rid of its former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.