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.

strike thumb medium85 85BL Premium reports that the City of Johannesburg’s Metrobus, which transports between 12,000 and 16,000 passengers a day, says it is exploring all available avenues to resume its services after employees downed tools from Monday demanding higher wages.

earningsSunday Tribune reports that according to Comfort Khumalo, mayor of Big Five Hlabisa Municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), mergers of rural municipalities put a severe strain on municipal wage bills due to bloated staff complements.

protestCape Argus reports that on Tuesday a group of employees from a cleaning company, working for the City of Cape Town on a tender, barricaded Jakes Gerwel Drive and Highlands Drive, near Siqalo informal settlement in Mitchells Plain, with burning tyres and rubble.

graduate thumb100 News24 reports that Saldanha Bay Mayor Marius Koen has set the record straight about his qualifications amid claims he had lied about his qualifications.

handshake thumb medium90 90GroundUp reports that a six week strike by more than 130 workers at a Spar distribution centre in Gqeberha has ended after they reached an agreement with management last week.

DenelNews24 reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) on Wednesday decided to postpone the public inquiry into the 2018 explosion at Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) in which eight people were killed.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the court case against a former Bryanston High School sports coach accused of the sexual assault and rape of a former pupil was on Tuesday concluded in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court with an acquittal.

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that trains at Cape Town station were suspended until further notice on Wednesday due to "panel equipment failure" at the transport hub.

hawksNews24 reports that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has arrested three cash-in-transit security officials and a former security guard after they allegedly conspired with robbers in a heist near Harding, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), last week.

eskomBusinessLive reports that wage negotiations at Eskom got off to a rocky start on Tuesday when the cash-strapped power utility rejected the majority of the unions’ demands and instead tabled proposals aimed at changing the conditions of service.

randwaterThe Citizen reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has warned of possible water shortages ahead of an indefinite strike at Rand Water, starting on 13 May.

eskomThe Citizen reports that Eskom has raised concern about the number of attacks on its employees by communities who want to forcefully steal electricity.

sapsIndependent Media reports that the SA Police Service (SAPS) has revealed that more than 2,400 reservists are currently undergoing training as new recruits in one of the police training colleges.

SolidaritySolidarity reports that on 10 May the trade union will meet with Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu and her department.

miners2BL Premium reports that Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart says that a group of people demanding contracts to provide jobs and services to the R5bn Prieska mine project by intimidation and blockades are symptomatic of a countrywide problem that must be stopped quickly.

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that subsidiaries of SA Airways (SAA) are to get around R2.7 billion from the R10.5 billion allocated to the airline to implement its business rescue plan.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the Alexandra Magistrate's Court has found a former Bryanston High School sports coach, Aleshan Moodley, not guilty on all charges in a sexual assault case brought against him by a pupil.

picBL Premium reports that in a bid to improve and modernise its operations, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) on Monday announced the appointment of Makano Mosidi as the asset manager’s chief technology officer.

northwestprovinceNews24 reports that the first day at a North West school got off to a bloody start on Monday after a teacher allegedly stabbed a female colleague after an argument.

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that Eskom’s former capital executive Abram Masango and former contracts manager France Hlakudi have lost control of their main assets, including homes, pending the outcome of a criminal trial.

newsTimesLIVE reports that hundreds of firefighters gathered at Olifantsfontein fire station in Ekurhuleni on Tuesday morning to mark International Firefighters’ Day.

DenelNews24 reports that day one of the public inquiry into the 2018 blast at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions plant, which killed eight people, started on Monday.

ebrahimpatelBL Premium reports that over 150,000 SA workers have benefited from more than R100bn in wealth transferred through employee share ownership schemes (Esops).

randwaterBL Premium reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) says it will embark on indefinite strike action at Rand Water from next week Thursday.

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ramaphosaThe Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday reaffirmed government’s commitment to protect collective bargaining and workers’ labour rights.

LosiFin24 reports that labour federation Cosatu took the opportunity on 1 May to reiterate its position that no worker at state-owned power utility Eskom should be retrenched.

southafricalogoCity Press writes that threats of a massive public sector strike next month are being undercut by disunity amongst the public sector trade unions.

joburgcityEWN reports that on Monday morning it was all systems go for a Metrobus worker’s strike.

sabcCity Press reports that some of the retrenched SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees are at risk of losing their cars and houses because the public broadcaster has not yet paid their severance packages.