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.

ancANA reports that African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu on Thursday urged the parliamentary portfolio committee on labour to conduct its deliberations on the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) and labour law bills in closed meetings in a bid to protect its members from intimidation.  

employment thumb100 Engineering News reports that the R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit at the Gallagher Convention Centre on Wednesday.  

tshwane thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the City of Tshwane has put its chief of staff, Marietha Aucamp, on special leave‚ following media reports that she was appointed improperly.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that according to labour department director general Thobile Lamati, objections to the draft national minimum wage (NMW) bill by the Wits University National Minimum Wage Research Initiative were "bordering on delusion".  

numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday that one of its members died in an accident at Corrobrick Construction’s Rietvlei operations in Johannesburg.  

harmonyANA reports that a mineworker died after he fell into a deep reef tip at Harmony Gold’s Moab Khotsong mine in North West on Thursday morning, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said in a statement.  

ccciIn a letter to the editor, Janine Myburgh, President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), writes that the lesson evident from the bus strike is that central bargaining is poisoning industrial relations.  

nehawu80News24 reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Wednesday gave the inter-ministerial task team for the North West 24 hours to respond to demands contained in a memorandum.  

parliamentBusinessLive reports that a fight broke out in Parliament on Wednesday during a labour portfolio committee meeting to discuss the National Minimum Wage Bill in detail.  

MotsoalediBusinessLive reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is planning a major shake-up of the medical-scheme industry, with new rules on benefits, prices and governance in the pipeline.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) said on Tuesday that it was encouraged by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s response to its question on the plight of thousands of Transnet pensioners.  

samwu thumb medium80 78News24 reports that the leadership of the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) on Wednesday said claims that the union was in a "state of paralysis" were propaganda.  

denosa thumb medium60 92Timeslive reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) in North West has described the crippling effects of maladministration in the North West province.  

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018.

healthcareBusinessLive reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday that the long-awaited National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill was ready for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s scrutiny.  

protestSABC News reports that Metrobus commuters protested at Ghandi Square in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday morning, reportedly over changes to the bus schedules.  

numANA reports that eight National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members were due to appear in court on Wednesday after they were arrested outside Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has approached the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein in a bid to overturn a ruling that ordered him to repay R11m he received from the power utility’s pension fund.  

MantasheANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday that he intended to have discussions with the police minister in a bid to curb illegal mining.  

SipunziThe National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) issued a statement on Tuesday strenuously denying the “lies or fake news that are being peddled by the mainstream media” that its general secretary David Sipunzi was “flirting” with the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

ancANA reports that labour federation Cosatu says there is a link between political killings in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the regional and provincial conferences of its African National Congress (ANC) alliance partner.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that a labour think-tank at Wits University said on Tuesday that the Department of Labour was undermining the draft legislation on the national minimum wage (NMW) by ignoring instructions from the parliamentary portfolio committee.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the government and its employees have once again failed to reach a settlement in crucial wage talks that will have a decisive effect on the state of SA’s public finances.  

Sibanye StillwaterBusiness Times writes that Neal Froneman, hailed as the saviour of SA’s ageing and decrepit gold mining industry and well regarded by investors, now faces the challenge of rising fatalities at his Sibanye-Stillwater operations.  

DenelEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday welcomed the resignation of Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe.  

GEMSDaily News reports that calls by private doctors and private ambulances and emergency services to have the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) scrapped is gaining momentum.  

SARSEWN reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a hardline approach with suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that SA’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 26.7% in the first quarter of 2018, Statistics SA indicated in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), released on Tuesday.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Eskom has frozen all new appointments as well as pay increases and bonuses for senior management as it battles to reduce its crippling operating costs.  

ShopriteTimeslive reports that an electrical contractor was killed and two colleagues seriously burnt when a transformer exploded and caught fire during an inspection at a Shoprite warehouse in Cape Town on Tuesday.