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.

medicaldoctorBusinessLive writes that a question mark hangs over the future of SA’s massive programme for training medical students in Cuba, which will see about 700 fifth-year students returning home in July to complete the last leg of their training.  

joburgcityBusinessLive reports that Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has reiterated calls for a crackdown on illegal mining, which he said posed a threat to the Nasrec precinct.  

southafricalogoNews24 reports that two correctional officials who allegedly helped 16 inmates escape from "Sun City" prison were each granted R5,000 bail in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.  

miners2BusinessLive reports that the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases (CCOD) has steadily increased the number of payouts to ill miners over the past three years.  

KPMGBusiness Times reports that the word used by KPMG employees last week to describe the situation at the country's fourth- largest audit firm was ‘panic’.  

strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that many commuters must once again look for alternative transport as the nationwide bus strike looks set to intensify as it enters its sixth day on Monday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Netwerk24 reports that on Saturday a number of teachers expressed their dissatisfaction on social media about the fact that their coming December break has been shortened.  

sancoNews24 reports that the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Saturday said it supported the call for government intervention to resolve the nationwide bus strike.  

sandf thumb medium90 89ANA reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has deployed medical practitioners to assist in the North West province, which has been hard-hit by an ongoing labour strike.  

strike thumb medium85 85Timeslive reports that the unions involved in the national bus strike have decided to intensify their strike after they and bus companies failed to reach an agreement on Friday.  At a briefing, the five unions, including Satawu and Numsa, all indicated that the strike would continue.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that commuters in Cape Town, already in the midst of a bus strike, had to contend with a near breakdown of train services on Friday morning after Metrorail announced massive delays across its network.  

handcuffsTimeslive reports that two prison wardens were arrested on Thursday for allegedly helping 16 inmates escape last week from the Johannesburg Correctional Centre prison.  

northwestprovinceMail & Guardian reports that trade unions protests have brought the North West to its knees, closing health facilities and forcing hospitals to discharge even the sickest of bedridden patients.  Only Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s resignation will bring an end to the crisis, say union leaders.  

g4sTimeslive reports that a security guard was killed and another guard and a bystander were injured during a cash-in-transit robbery in Klerksdorp on Thursday morning.  

ehrenreichEWN reports that Cosatu’s Tony Ehrenreich said earlier this week that at the trade union federation's elective congress later this year he would not be available for re-election as Western Cape provincial secretary.  

strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that the nationwide bus strike enters its third day on Friday as employers and unions return to the negotiating table to make another attempt at striking a deal.  

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Thursday, 19 April 2018.

southafricalogoIn a joint statement on Wednesday, the public sector unions represented in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) expressed their frustration at the number of delays and obstacles presented by the employer, namely the state, in the finalisation of a wage agreement.  

DenelAt a press briefing on Thursday, trade union Solidarity revealed in a report entitled Denel Dossier that top management at arms manufacturer Denel received salary increases of up to 60% last year.  

ImperialBusinessLive reports that Imperial Holdings CEO Mark Lamberti, who stepped down on Wednesday after being embroiled in a race and gender controversy with a female staff member, has urged business leaders to redress the past "with sensitivity and humility".  

newsEWN reports that two people were killed in a shooting in Tsakane on the East Rand on Thursday morning.  

mantasheMining Weekly reports that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday stressed the importance of partnerships between mining companies and labour, as well as with communities, for mining to be sustainable.  

hospersaTimeslive reports that the Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently intervene in the ailing state of public health in the North West.  

graphdown thumb medium90 80BusinessLive reports that until early January 2018, employees of Resilient were laughing all the way to the bank, but with the sharp drop in the value of Resilient’s share price, employees’ profit on their share investment has turned into a devastating loss.  

bathabiledlaminiBusinessLive reports that Sipho Shezi, who was an adviser to Bathabile Dlamini when she was Minister of Social Development, believes he was fired for insisting on transparency and honesty during the 2017 social grants fiasco.  

TMPDThe Citizen reports that taxis were cashing in on the absence of buses on the streets of Pretoria on Wednesday as bus operators went on strike.  But in Mamelodi, some motorists complained that they were intimidated by taxi drivers when they wanted to give lifts to stranded commuters.  

councilmedicalschemesBusinessLive reports that it is expected that the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) will finalise a draft consultative framework on consolidating the medical schemes industry within two months.  

CCMANews24 reports that unions and employer associations are expected to meet at the bargaining table at 10:00 on Thursday as the nationwide bus strike enters its second day.  

sapsANA reports that MPs heard on Wednesday that the SA Police Service (SAPS) has enough budget for equipping its public order policing unit, but is still operating at 50% below the ideal number of members.  

newsANA reports that the national strike by bus drivers on Wednesday boosted business for taxi drivers who did not have to drive around scouting for passengers as they normally would have done.