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
Wednesday, 9 May 2018.

gavel thumb100 Timeslive reports that a domestic worker has laid a charge of assault against her former employer after he allegedly repeatedly beat her in front of her four-year-old daughter last year.  

northwestprovinceNews24 reports that patients at Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp, North West, have been left stranded after angry protesters stormed in and forced doctors and nurses out of the wards on Wednesday morning.  

newsSowetanLive reports that ANC MP Mduduzi Manana is not off the hook yet, as the National Prosecuting Authority has refused to withdraw charges of assault brought against him by his former domestic worker and then later dropped by her.  

satawu thumb medium90 101EWN reports that unions representing striking bus drivers were on Wednesday awaiting a response from employers on whether the workers’ revised wage demands would be accepted.  

handcuffsTimeslive reports that the Hawks said on Wednesday that 12 suspects had been arrested for operating illegal gold processing laboratories at Mapuve village outside Giyani‚ Limpopo.  

gunAfroVoice reports that another security guard has been killed in the Johannesburg CBD during an armed robbery.  

protestANA reports that labour federation Cosatu and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will picket at the Chamber of Mines building in the Joburg CBD on Thursday to demand action against what they call deteriorating safety standards in the mining industry.  

earningsBusiness Report writes that a construction industry stakeholder has warned of a looming crisis in the sector if the proposed R20 an hour national minimum wage (NMW) is implemented.  

effANA reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Tuesday marched to the office of billionaire businessman Ramesh Joe Singh where they demanded that he immediately paid outstanding wages to his workers at the Just Coal’s Bankfontein Mine.  

northwestprovinceTimes Select reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has been striking for two months against alleged corruption in the North West health department.  

jeffradebeFin24 reports that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has asserted that Independent Power Producers (IPPs) were not the reason for job losses in the coal sector.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90ANA reports that an employee at the University of SA (Unisa) on Tuesday told the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that her director bullied her, made her run her personal errands during office hours and also shouted at her about where she bought cake.  

tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that a fake SMS promising Tshwane residents jobs resulted in over 4,000 people showing up yesterday at the Akasia Community Hall, north of Pretoria, with the hope of being employed by the end of the day.  

protestDaily News reports that a group of about 200 protesters blocked the entrance to the Durban harbour on Tuesday morning, resulting in trucks not being able to get into the port and staff not being able to enter at N-Shed.  

numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has submitted wage increase demands in the gold sector of up to 37% over a two-year period, according to a document submitted to the Chamber of Mines.  

boardroomtableFin24 reports that the five transport unions involved in the protracted national bus strike have resolved on a counter offer, which brings them closer to the latest offer tabled by employers.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 8 May 2018.

Solidarity2Engineering News reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday petitioned Parliament to hold a debate in the House of Assembly on state-owned carrier South African Airways (SAA).  

unisaANA reports that academic planning executive director at the University of SA (Unisa), Professor Peter Havenga, indicated to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Tuesday that allegations made against him were attempts to tarnish his reputation.  

news shutterstockTimeslive reports that according to unionists, many foreign nationals who are employed as domestic workers in SA are underpaid and coerced into working long hours.  

strike thumb medium85 85EWN reports that Golden Arrow Bus Services says the ongoing national bus strike could jeopardise the industry’s future.  The strike has entered its fourth week, forcing millions of commuters to find alternative transport.  

newsBusinessLive reports that former higher education deputy minister Mduduzi Manana is set to sue the family of his domestic worker following claims of assault.  

neneReuters reports that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Tuesday that SA would struggle to stick to a promise to cut spending if the government failed to agree inflation-linked wage increase with public-sector trade unions.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has fired 26 staff at its TV licence department after a go-slow, thereby placing in jeopardy the collection of fees.  

strike thumb medium85 85Afro Voice reports that Luxor Paints claimed on Monday that any violence that had occurred at its premises had been initiated by striking employees.  

ehrenreichAfroVoice reports that Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) veteran Tony Ehrenreich has ruled out joining the ranks of rival trade union federation the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

newsNetwerk24 reports that the Riverside citrus warehouse near Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape has been burnt to the ground.  

sabcANA reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has issued a terse statement in which it said it “would like to put the record straight on the matter concerning the employees who were relieved of their duties”.  

DRDGoldBusinessLive reports that DRDGold declined to be party to last week’s R5bn out-of-court settlement jointly with six other mining companies to compensate gold mineworkers affected by lung ailments.  This will open the smaller gold producer to a prolonged court battle alone.