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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 15 May 2018.

MantasheANA reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday urged mining companies to give consistent priority attention to fall of ground and seismic-related accidents.  

mildredoliphantBusinessLive reports that according to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, some of the "propaganda" against the national minimum wage (NMW) was nothing more than electioneering and an attempt to score cheap political points.  

lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that platinum producer Lonmin, which is being bought by Sibanye-Stillwater, announced on Monday that it would cut thousands of jobs in the current financial year as part of its plans to release 12,600 workers in the next three years.  

Stats SAReuters reports that SA’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 26.7% of the labour force in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the last quarter of 2017, SA Statistics said on Tuesday.  

psaFin24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) is to start balloting its members in favour of a strike as the union grows increasingly frustrated with protracted public sector wage negotiations.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilCape Times reports that according to the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac), the bus sector would count the cost of the month-long strike for years to come as employees returned to work on Tuesday.  

gavel thumb100 City Press reports that the case of a Springs farmworker who was allegedly forced to drink faeces by his employer has been postponed to 29 May.  

sactwuThe Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) reported on Monday that it has settled its 2018 wage negotiations for the General Goods & Handbags (GGH) leather sector.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Timeslive reports that striking bus drivers are officially expected to return to work on Wednesday‚ although most might be back behind the wheel on Tuesday.  

EqualEducationTimeslive reports that, while protesting his innocence‚ Equal Education general secretary Tshepo Motsepe has resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.  An independent panel will now investigate the assertions made against him by some women staff at the civil society organisation.  

Solidarity2Engineering News reports that Solidarity on Monday announced an action plan in response to the decision by the US not to grant the SA steel and aluminium industries exemption from import tariffs.  

worldbankBusinessLive reports that the World Bank says SA needs a stronger education system to address the skills constraints hampering employment.  

SARSBusinessLIve reports that a dispute over procedure threatens to derail the disciplinary hearing of suspended SA Revenue Service (SARS) boss Tom Moyane.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Fin24 reports that bus drivers have officially ended their protracted strike after reaching a compromise wage settlement with employers on Monday.  Drivers agreed to a 9% wage hike for the first year and 8% for the second year of a two-year deal.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 14 May 2018.

coalTimes Select writes that over two years the Gupta family, through its network of companies, “stripped” its largest mining asset of at least R3-billion in cash from profits.  The money was allegedly spirited out of the country almost as soon as it was paid.  

SARSBusinessLive reports that suspended SA Revenue Services (SARS) boss Tom Moyane has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa challenging rules that could see his disciplinary inquiry conducted in writing.  

cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu on Monday condemned the attack on Allen Thompson, KwaZulu-Natal-based deputy president of the National Teachers’ Union (Natu), who survived an attack by a group of armed men.  

fransbaleniBusinessLive reports that Mining Indaba advisory board member and former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary Frans Baleni says transformation in the mining industry should focus on quality over quantity.  

employment thumb100 BL Premium writes that improvements in the political climate since the ANC's elective conference in December boosted business confidence in the first quarter of the year, which could lift the jobs data to be published in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey on Tuesday.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that retired Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and two former police officers have decided not to appeal their sentences for corruption.  

TaxifyThe Independent on Saturday reports that the aunt of 21-year-old Siyabonga Ngcobo, who was kidnapped and locked in the boot of his Taxify car before it was set alight in Pretoria in March, says she will not rest until justice for her nephew is done.  

anglogoldashantiChristine Ramon, chief financial officer of gold producer AngloGold Ashanti, has been named South Africa’s CFO of the Year at the 2018 CFO Awards.  

eskomBusinessLive reports that Suzanne Daniels — a whistleblower on the Gupta family’s alleged capture of Eskom — was due on Monday to face disciplinary charges that could cost her job.  

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that the five men alleged to have been behind the petrol-bombing of a bus carrying mineworkers in Limpopo appeared briefly in court on Monday.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90News24 reports that that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be representing a farm worker, who was allegedly forced to drink faeces, on Monday in the Springs Magistrate's Court.  

saa thumb medium95 76Engineering News reports that trade union Solidarity announced on Friday that it would be continuing with its court application to place South African Airways (SAA) under business rescue, despite another government bailout for the airline.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see summaries of our
selection of South African labour-related stories
that appeared since Friday, 11 May 2018.

irvinjimEWN reports that unions involved in the bus strike say it’s important that employers negotiate in good faith until a complete resolution to the drivers’ strike is found.