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.

prasaTimesLIVE reports that vindicated Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) group CEO Zolani Matthews is ready to return to work but is demanding nearly R15m in remuneration and benefits for the period that he was unlawfully dismissed.

Senzo MchunuIOL News reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has called on the newly appointed police minister Senzo Mchunu to tackle the issues of police killings.

News24 reports that a farm manager was stabbed to death in a predawn attack on Monday that saw a group of armed men storm and ransack the home he shared with his wife on the Tevrede farm in Porterville.

sadtu90IOL News reports that less than a day after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his Government of National Unity (GNU) cabinet, the ANC-aligned SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) expressed unhappiness over the appointment of the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Siviwe Gwarube as the new Basic Education Minister.

protestNews24 reports that desperate security guards and cleaners have been protesting outside the Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH) in Johannesburg for over two months after their month-to-month contracts were terminated.

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that about 100 workers downed tools at the Ribas Manufacturers in Sandton on Friday morning to demand a larger wage increase.

sandu1EWN reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) has welcomed the appointment of new Defense Minister Angie Motshekga and her two deputies, Bantu Holomisa and Richard Mkhungo.

newsBL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “bloated” cabinet of the government of national unity (GNU) has received mixed reactions from labour federations and opposition political parties, which have cast it as nothing but a DA-ANC grand coalition.

MultiChoiceBL Premium reports that MultiChoice paid former chair Imtiaz Patel a bonus of about R22.75m for overseeing a partnership between its streaming service Showmax and US content group Comcast, a move that has raised some eyebrows.

popcruIOL News reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has welcomed the appointment of Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald as the new Department of Correctional Services (DCS) Minister.

Mr PriceBusinessLive reports that retail giant Mr Price Group has refined its remuneration structure to align with industry best practices.

InvestecBusinessLive reports that private banking and wealth management group Investec has set minimum pay for its SA employees at just under R21,000 a month.

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prasaTimesLIVE reports that the Labour Court has paved the way for axed Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Zolani Matthews to possibly make a return to the state-owned entity.

IntercapeNews24 reports that an Intercape long-distance bus went up in flames near the Cape Town train station on Friday afternoon.   Thick black smoke could be seen in the air as commuters stood in disbelief during the incident.

irvinjimThe Citizen reports that Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), has warned the ANC about including the Democratic Alliance (DA) in cabinet and has threatened to make the “country ungovernable”.

sadtu90The Citizen reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has rejected the potential hand over of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to the Democratic Alliance (DA). Sadtu recently concluded its national executive committee (NEC) meeting, where it was resolved to reject the DA’s wish to take over the DBE ministry.

Sunday World reports that after extending the deadline for the process to re-employ mineworkers who were laid off when the former Gupta-owned Optimum Coal Mine (OCM) in Mpumalanga went into business rescue, new mine owners Liberty Coal (LC) have committed that the process to bring as many people back on board should be finalised in the next two months.

ramaphosa2BL Premium at President Cyril Ramaphosa added two ministries to his cabinet, announcing 33 ministers late on Sunday, as he unveiled a new coalition cabinet that includes members from parties in the government of national unity (GNU).

comradesSABC News reports that the Board of the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has suspended a member who faces allegations of posting a racist message in a WhatsApp group.

strike thumb medium85 85Mail & Guardian reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has thrown its weight behind the strike of workers of Grindrod Logistics over retrenchments and the trend among companies to use casual labour as well as brokers.

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labour-related stories that recently appeared.

gautengTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi convened a late-night meeting last Thursday with directors-general and heads of departments (HODs) in the wake of confusion over employment contracts in respect of his jobs-drive initiative.

comradesTimesLIVE reports that Ann Ashworth, race and operations manager at the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA), posted on her Instagram account on Wednesday evening that she had been fired by the board.

News24 reports that the body of a security guard was found at a gold mine near Randfontein, west of Johannesburg, on Thursday morning.

gunAlgoaFM reports that Eastern Cape police have launched a manhunt for five suspects who shot and killed a police Constable in Tlokoeng, formerly Mount Fletcher.

citypowerThe Star reports that while power outages continue to be a headache to hundreds of Johannesburg residents, municipal utility City Power attributes this challenge to theft and vandalism.

southafricalogoIndependent on Saturday writes that government workers are drowning in debt, making them more susceptible to poor work performance and financial misconduct.

petrolpumpThe Citizen reports that according to unaudited data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF), motorists are likely to pay at least R1 less for petrol from July, while diesel and illuminating paraffin prices are likely to drop by around 30cents/l and 25c/l respectively.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a man accused of tampering with Eskom infrastructure and illegally connecting households to its electricity supply has been slapped with a suspended five-year prison sentence.