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.

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 4 July 2016

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 1 July 2016.

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Mining Weekly reports that a rock drill operator working at Pandora joint venture’s (JV’s) E3 shaft has died following a fall of ground on Saturday.  

strike thumb medium85 85SowetanLive reports that about 50 Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) staff members are on strike‚ demanding payment of last year’s bonuses and the reversal of new employee policies.  

vavi1TMG Digital reports that trade union‚ civil society and media representatives who were scheduled to meet SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng on Monday were refused admission to the SABC building.  

solidariteitBusiness Report writes that trade union Solidarity has hit out at Canadian miner AfroCan Resources Gold for allegedly reneging on an investment in Lily Mine that would have seen workers finally getting paid their wages.  

pravingordanBloomberg reports that labour federation Cosatu said on Monday that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s statements that the government was close to announcing a series of reforms to the labor market were premature.  

sabcTimesLive reports that trade unions and the Save Our SABC Coalition were expected to meet Hlaudi Motsoeneng, chief operating officer of the public broadcaster, at noon on Monday to discuss the suspension of six journalists who spoke out against censorship.  

meibcBusiness Times reports that the beleaguered Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) was thrown a life-line at the eleventh hour last week when employers agreed to extend the existing levy agreement for another year.  

statssaBDLive reports that the formal sector shed 15,000 jobs in the first quarter, to 9.273-million employees, Statistics SA’s Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey showed on Monday.  

numsaBusiness Report writes that the spectre of a strike in the retail motor industry has increased, with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) having declared a dispute in negotiations for a new industry agreement.  

cosatuCity Press reports that Cosatu has washed its hands of the unfolding labour issues at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), saying no one had asked for its help.  

coalMining Weekly writes that the certification of class action status to current and former gold mineworkers suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis potentially opens the door for similar litigation across several sectors, including coal and manganese.  

eskomFin24 reports that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is holding off remuneration increases for Eskom’s executives, but she has approved a 4.6% increase for non-executives.  

hospersaFin24 reports that the Health & Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) has criticised Netcare for what it deems a lack of consultation with its members after announcing plans for a long-term outsourcing deal with Clicks.  

WorkingOnFireTMG Digital reports that the 300 South African firefighters who were deployed in Canada last month to help fight a massive forest blaze have finally been paid‚ according to the Canadian government.  

nehawu80Weekend Argus reports that Parliament could be heading for a repeat of the industrial action that gripped it late last year if matters outstanding from that strike are not resolved.  

VantageGoldfieldseNCA writes that Vantage Goldfields has confirmed that Canadian company AfroCan has failed to meet a deadline to pay more than R36-million.  The money would have seen operations at Lily Mine resume.  

cosatuBloomberg reports that Cosatu says it will encourage its member unions to balance wage demands with the need to preserve jobs when salary negotiations in their respective industries begin.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Saturday, 2 July and Sunday, 3 July 2016

santacoANA reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) in Gauteng has suspended its plans to strike and march on the provincial government offices on 4 July.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Friday, 1 July 2016

news shutterstockIn our Friday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Thursday, 30 June 2016.

ABInBevBusiness Report writes that the Competition Tribunal has approved a merger between SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev, which will create the largest beer brewing company in the world.  

parliamentNews24 reports that Parliament's disgruntled National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) members called a truce with management by going back to work on Thursday.  

sabcTMG Digital reports that the disciplinary hearings against three SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who had been charged with misconduct started on Friday morning.  

numsaReuters reports that wage talks between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and employers in the auto component sector hit a deadlock on Friday.  

sapsNews24 reports that police are investigating the murder of a construction worker who plunged to his death at a Durban construction site on Currie Road on Thursday.  

popcruDispatchLive reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) in the Eastern Cape has given government seven days to respond to demands by its members employed in the security cluster.  

platinumbarFinancial Mail writes that wage negotiations this year in the platinum sector are quite likely to progress more smoothly than in the recent past, despite some early warning signals.