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.

employment thumb100 Cape Times reports that the government has been urged to acknowledge that its unemployment policies have failed and that it needs to do something about the crisis that cost 355,000 people their jobs in the first quarter of 2016.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Monday, 9 May 2016

news shutterstockIn our Monday roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that have appeared since
midday on Friday, 6 May 2016.

freemarketfoundationCity Press writes that the Free Market Foundation’s (FMF’s) court challenge against the extension to nonparties of bargaining council wage deals was quashed last week, but the judges also identified all the actual ways that these extensions could be legally challenged.  

southafricalogoCity Press reported in April about a civil claim of R120 million instituted by a founding member of the Workers’ Association Union (WAU), Thebe Maswabi, against President Jacob Zuma, State Security Minister David Mahlobo, two other national ministers and the acting police commissioner.  

protestNews24 reports that the ANC's parliamentary team said it was working closely alongside the labour department to ensure that the UIF application process for pensioners who worked for the apartheid-era Ciskei Transport Corporation and SA Railways was concluded without delay.  

phiyegaTMG Digital reports that the public hearing into the fitness of suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to hold office was adjourned on Friday after two witnesses gave evidence for the evidence leaders.  

saa thumb medium95 76Business Report writes that Dudu Myeni, chairwoman of South African Airways (SAA), wants to set up an employee share scheme (Esop) at the financially troubled airline.  

statssaReuters reports that South Africa's unemployment rate rose to 26.7% of the labour force in the first quarter of this year from 24.5% in the fourth quarter of 2015.  

mtnBusiness Report writes that Mteto Nyati, CE of MTN South Africa, said last week the company was looking at a process of equalising the pay and benefits of temporary workers with those of its permanent staff.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Friday delivered a memorandum of demands to diversified miner Glencore, outlining its members’ demands and grievances.  

newsNews24 reports that Independent Newspapers has come to a settlement agreement with former Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois, who was sacked in 2013.  

meibcEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity has called on Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to urgently intervene in the matters of the ailing Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  

houseThe New Age reports that North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo came out guns blazing and lambasted the EFF in the province for instigating the illegal occupation of RDP houses in Marikana.  

eskomANA reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) is investigating the deaths of two Eskom workers who died in mysterious circumstances last week.  

earningsBDLive writes that executive remuneration has come under scrutiny in recent years, but it is hard to compare the pay packages of executives in different companies just by adding up the "total remuneration" column in annual reports.  

labourcourtsNews24 reports that former Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois' sacking in 2013 is expected to come under the spotlight in the Labour Court in Cape Town on Monday.  

postoffice thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that the two-day strike by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at the SA Post Office (Sapo) has ended.  

statssaBDLive reports that data from Statistics SA (Stats SA) on Monday are expected to show that SA’s stubbornly high unemployment challenges continued in the first quarter of 2016.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Netwerk24 writes that, although delays will get shorter, Cape Town commuters can ready themselves for persistent and frustrating train delays for at least the next six months.  

sadtu90City Press reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is threatening to haul the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to court over its report into the union’s jobs-for-cash scam at schools.  

ambulanceTimesLive reports that a paramedic was killed on Saturday night in a collision with a sedan car while transporting a mother and her baby to hospital in Durban.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet from Friday, 6 May to Sunday, 8 May 2016

angiemotshekgaBDLive reports that the release of the highly anticipated report on "jobs for cash" in schools has been postponed again.  

northwestprovinceSABC News writes that some North West local municipalities do not comply with Health & Safety Regulations, often with devastating consequences for some of their employees.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Netwerk24 reports that the judge in the case in which thousands of former employees of Transnet have taken the logistics company and its pension funds to court over their meagre pensions could rule in the next two weeks.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Times reports that nearly 500 Cape Town trains were cancelled this week, and the Metrorail service will continue to be delayed for as long as it takes to repair damaged carriages.  

numANA reports that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday called for an immediate resumption of the rescue mission to recover three workers that were still trapped underground at Lily Gold Mine in Mpumalanga.  

weblinksOur links page provides references to South African labour news reports we have come across on the Internet on Thursday, 5 May 2016

postoffice thumb100 ANA reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) said on Thursday that less than 1% of staff stayed away from work on the first day of a strike by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU).