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.

SolidarityMaroela Media reports that Solidarity issued a press statement on Wednesday indicating that the wage offer for skilled artisans made earlier by employers in the steel and engineering sector left the trade union with no choice but to reject it.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the man who was accosted by several presidential protection officers on the N1 highway recounted how he thought he was about to be hijacked when he saw a vehicle travelling alongside him, with the occupants pointing firearms at him.

newsEWN reports that Western Cape officials on Wednesday night confirmed that the death toll in the deadly building collapse in George has now risen to eight.

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shellBusinessTech reports that Liquid Fuels Wholesalers Association of SA’s CEO, Peter Morgan, says Shell’s exit from SA is unlikely to lead to mass job cuts and the closure of its petrol stations.

nxesiTimesLIVE reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DET) Minister Thulas Nxesi says the collapse of a multistorey building under construction in George, with 75 workers on site, serves as a reminder of the critical importance of prioritising safety in the workplace.

TreasuryBL Premium reports that a senior Treasury official told the Board of Healthcare Funders’ (BHF’s) annual conference on Wednesday that the government’s plans for National Health Insurance (NHI) were likely to take many years to implement as there was limited scope to fund it with higher taxes.

seifsaBL Premium reports that the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is confident a multi-term wage deal will be reached at Wednesday’s talks between the parties.

gunNews24 reports that another eThekwini municipality water and sanitation department employee has been shot dead. The official, who has not yet been identified, was shot on Tuesday night outside municipal offices in Springfield, Durban.

protestCape Argus reports that members of the SA Cape Corps Military Veterans staged a peaceful march to Parliament on Monday and handed over a three-page memorandum and petition appealing for full military benefits and pensions.

healthcareBL Premium reports that according to research presented at the annual Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) conference this week, a succession of health ministers has deliberately promoted false claims about medical schemes to bolster the ANC government’s case for National Health Insurance (NHI).

prasaCape Times reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is expecting to award its long-awaited new security tender in about three months.

MsunduziThe Witness reports that the return this week of Msunduzi’s suspended municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba to his office was short-lived.

newsTimesLIVE reports that thirty-three workers had been removed from the rubble of the collapsed multistorey construction site in George as at 7.40pm on Tuesday, and the death toll had risen to seven.

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samwu thumb medium80 78SABC News reports that members of the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) employed by the Rustenburg Local Municipality in the North West are on strike over grading of their salaries.

numsaTimesLIVE reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) welcomed the judgment of the Johannesburg Labour Court handed down on Tuesday, which restrained SA Steel Mills from imposing any disciplinary sanctions against 162 workers.

cosatuBloomberg reports that SA’s largest labour union federation has urged local shareholders, including the powerful Public Investment Corporation (PIC), to oppose BHP Group's bid to buy Anglo American.

shellCity Press reports that global petrol giant Shell says future employment prospects for its employees affected by its divesting option are guaranteed.

sapsThe Citizen reports that police have gunned down a wanted illegal mining kingpin linked to 29 murders, including a mass shooting at a tavern in Nomzamo Park, Soweto where a shooter opened fire on the patrons in July 2022.

newsEngineering News reports that Cape Town-based bedding and linen manufacturer Sheraton Textiles (Sheraton) on Monday officially inaugurated its new factory premises and launched its Workers Trust employee share ownership programme (ESOP).

harmonyReuters reports that Harmony Gold said last Thursday that an employee working on rail maintenance died at its Mponeng mine on 1 May.

contralesaCity Press reports that efforts to recognise Ancestor’s Day as an official public holiday in SA are gaining momentum, as leaders from various cultural organisations and academics brush aside criticisms suggesting that the country does not need another public holiday.

medicaldoctorCity Press reports that the Gauteng Department of Health has reduced overtime budgets this year, but the decision is likely to have a significant impact on service delivery in hospitals, particularly on weekends and public holidays.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the eight police VIP protection unit officers linked to a vicious assault on the N1 last year pleaded not guilty to the charges against them as their trial began in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

TimesLIVE reports that according to one of more than 60 commuters who escaped a fire that burnt a bus to ashes on Friday morning, if it wasn't for the early warning signs they could have all died in the blaze.

joburgcityThe Citizen reports that City of Johannesburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda has defended his large contingent of bodyguards, saying he only has eight bodyguards and not 10.

news shutterstockIn our Tuesday morning roundup, see
summaries of our selection of South African
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GeorgeThe Citizen reports that the death toll from a collapsed building in George has reportedly increased to four, with around 51 construction workers still trapped on Tuesday morning under the rubble.

sapsNews24 reports that a 44-year-old Limpopo police officer was severely injured on Friday in a shootout with suspected robbers and later died in hospital.