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.

newsThe Star writes that the mass job losses in the steel and mining industries have had a devastating ripple effect on mining towns, which depended largely on miners for consumer spend.  

gunDaily News reports that according to police spokesman Brigadier Jay Naicker, police are investigating allegations that the Isipingo shooting which saw Warrant officer Jabulani Didi shot dead was linked to recent strikes in the private security industry.  

WorkingOnFireNews24 reports that Canada will be receiving the aid of 301 South African firefighters who will assist the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) with their fire suppression efforts in the province of Alberta.  

education90The Citizen reports that NGO Equal Education (EE) says that cases of graft in the “jobs-for-cash” scandal at schools must be investigated further and criminal charges or disciplinary hearings instituted.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Bloomberg reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) started a strike at Kroondal platinum mine, which Sibanye bought last month, on Thursday.  

cosatuThe Star reports that Cosatu has accused the government of being ineffective in handling South Africa's jobs and economic crisis, warning that the country is effectively in a recession.  

solidariteitPretoria News reports that Solidarity does not want a part in moves to form a new workers’ federation, the trade union has indicated.  

earningsTimesLive reports that ratings agency Fitch has warned the ANC to avoid introducing populist measures such as a national minimum wage in the run-up to local elections.  

nelsonmandelabayHeraldLive reports that a meeting to decide on the fate of 26 Nelson Mandela Bay safety and security officers who disrupted the metro police launch two weeks ago was postponed on Thursday.  

mycitieNCA reports that bus drivers left thousands of Capetonian commuters stranded on Thursday when they embarked on an unprotected strike.  The strike was undertaken by a group of bus drivers employed by Kidrogen, a MyCiTi vehicle operating company.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that Metrorail in the Western Cape says more than 130 workers affiliated with the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) who have been dismissed will not be allowed to return to work.  

implatsANA reports that a North West miner has not yet been located, more than a week after he went missing following a rock fall incident on 17 May at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) 1 Shaft near Rustenburg.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 26 May 2016

nedlacBDLive reports that unions are gearing up for mass action after national minimum wage talks at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) effectively collapsed.  

samwu thumb medium80 78The Witness writes that Howick residents have been left in the lurch by protesting uMngeni municipal staff who downed tools last week.  

numsaBDLive reports that car manufacturers have rejected the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa’s) demand for a one-year wage agreement, forcing the union to go back to the drawing board.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Wednesday, 25 May 2016

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midday on Tuesday, 24 May 2016.

netcareBusiness Report writes that the Netcare Hospital Group’s shares declined 1.57% on Tuesday following it informing Solidarity of a plan to restructure the credit control divisions of six of its hospitals in Gauteng, owing to the economic climate.  

solidariteitTrade union Solidarity reports that, after week-long negotiations, it has reached an agreement with the Lily Mine business rescue practitioner on retrenchment packages for workers who have applied for them.  

sandu1TMG Digital reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) has welcomed what it calls a “massive climb-down” by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in recalling to duty the more than 500 members who had been on special leave since 2009.  

mildredoliphantNews24 reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Tuesday that about 500,000 workers were risking their lives on construction sites that did not comply with health and safety laws.  

earningsThe Star reports that talks on a national minimum wage for South Africa have effectively deadlocked, dashing hopes of its implementation this year.  

gunANA reports that a man posing as a patient shot dead a security guard at a Durban clinic before shooting dead a policeman tasked with finding the guard’s killer.  

VantageGoldfieldsNetwerk24 reports that if the Lily Gold Mine should cut its overhead costs then reportedly an investor would be willing to take over the mine owned by Vantage Goldfields and currently under business rescue.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107Caxton News Service that Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services on Sunday rescued three contract workers who were trapped under heavy concrete slabs in Serenade Street, Elandsfontein, Gauteng.  

sandf thumb medium90 89The Citizen reports that SA National Defence Force (SANDF) chief General Solly Shoke has recalled the 507 soldiers still on special leave after marching on the Union Buildings in 2009 over pay issues.  

newsBusinessTech reports that statistics from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) shows the total number of hours worked annually from the countries it covers.  

VUTANA reports that teaching is expected to restart at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) after violent student protests saw lecture venues and administration buildings torched.  

easterncape thumb100 HeraldLive reports that after a 20-year moratorium on the appointment of nonteaching staff at schools, the Eastern Cape Department of Education has advertised 1,023 administrative assistant posts for schools in its 23 districts.