eNCA in another dispute about contractless employment

The Star reports that another labour-related legal tussle looms for news organisation eNCA over more allegations of contractless employment at the channel. Nhlanhla Mbatha alleges that he worked for 13 months at eNCA as a sub-editor without a contract from October 2015 to the end of November last year, when he was “unceremoniously” told his contract had finished – “even though I never signed one”.  He is taking the channel to the Labour Court, where papers have been filed, following an unsuccessful attempt in March to get what he felt was recourse at the CCMA.

Mbatha’s allegations follow those made earlier this month by freelance anchors at eNCA who alleged that they too worked at the channel without contracts.  Meantime, Mark Rosin, the group COO at eNCA’s controlling company, eMedia Investments, said:  “Any suggestions that eNCA does not adhere to the labour laws of the country are false.  The matter of contracts, freelance and otherwise, is an internal matter on which we will not be drawn to comment in public.”

by Khaya Koko

Violent protest amid wage strike at Makro store

eNCA reports that a violent protest broke out on Friday at a Makro store in northern Johannesburg, according to a Thomson Reuters witness. The store is part of Massmart’s Makro chain, whose employees have been on a wage strike for a week.  Marune Rossouw, a Thomson Reuters employee, said she was trapped inside the store with around 50 other people as protesting staff rampaged through the car park, throwing stones at cars.  A police spokesman could not immediately confirm the incident at the store.  A Massmart spokesman also could not immediately give confirmation.

Mineworker dies at Impala Platinum today

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has learned with shock the death of a mineworker at Impala Platinum number 20 shaft yesterday as a result of rock fall. As the NUM, we are deeply concerned about these fatalities happening at Impala Platinum. NUM calls upon the company to pull up its socks and improve its health and safety system.

NUM members and other mineworkers are extremely worried about health and safety standards at Impala Platinum mine. The NUM is of the view that one death in the industry is just one death too many, production should not and must not be at the expense of mineworkers’ lives. The NUM would like to convey its deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues, and friends of the deceased during this difficult time.

8 000 jobs to be created as Table Bay Mall opens

Business Report writes that in a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, the new Table Bay Mall opened its doors to a flurry of eager shoppers. The latest regional shopping centre development by property investment company, Zenprop Property Holdings, commenced trading on Thursday in the Sunningdale region.

The mall is esteemed to become a significant contributor to the economic development of both the West Coast region and the Western Cape province. Developers estimate an additional 8 000 jobs to be created which range between tenants and service providers.

by Zeenat Vallie

Cosatu and SACP’s grievances legitimate, say analysts

The Citizen writes that nationwide marches on Wednesday by labour federation Cosatu and the SA Communist Party (SACP) were about genuine issues that affected the whole country, Ebrahim Fakir of the Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute said. Fakir said the majority of South Africans were impacted by corruption, state capture, job losses and underperformance by the country’s economy under Zuma.

“It is easy to say that the marches were not about substantive issues, but no one must underestimate the impact of state capture. The call for Zuma to step down is appropriate and Cosatu is entitled to voice out how they feel about him,” Fakir said. Many employers released their workers to participate in the protests showed their support for the action.  The labour agenda was said no longer to be only about wages and jobs, but had become highly politicised.

by Eric Naki

COSATU members protest in cities across the country

GroundUp reports that on Wednesday, thousands of Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) members marched in city centres across the country in support of the federation’s call for a national strike day against state capture and corruption. The marches were supported by trade unions NEHAWU and SADTU, as well as the South African Communist Party (SACP), the South African National Civics Organisation (SANCO), and the ANC Women’s League.

The march memorandum stated: “Economic Development continues to be obstructed by the systemic capture of the state by a well-organised predatory elite”. It called for President Jacob Zuma to agree on a date to proceed with the Commission of Inquiry recommended in the Public Protector’s State of Capture report. It also called for the state to “cancel all commercial dealings with the Gupta family with immediate effect.”

by GroundUp staff

No more labour brokers for Gauteng government

SABC News reports that Gauteng has decided to do away with labour brokers before the end of the year. Premier David Makhura made the announcement when he addressed Cosatu supporters protesting against corruption and state capture in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

He says: there’s no debate about outsourcing and labour brokers. We know it’s there.” Cosatu has been fighting government to force it to totally ban labour brokers. The federation has been of the view that only a total ban on labour brokers will stop the abuse of workers by employers. Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini has hailed the country-wide march against state capture, and corruption. He said that the response to the march was overwhelming.

by Tshepo Mongai

Mixed reaction to party funding ruling

SABC News reports that Wednesday’s judgment of the High Court in the Western Cape could render Parliament’s work unnecessary. The court has given Parliament 18 months to force political parties to disclose private funding. Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on political party funding is already working on the Bill.

by Abongwe Kobokana

COSATU National Strike today – 27th September 2017

COSATU’s 27th  September National Strike Programme and Deployments

Gauteng – Johannesburg 
Gathering at COSATU House in Braamfontein @ 10h00 and march to hand over memorandums to City of Joburg, DOL, Chamber of Mines, FNB & other Banks, Premiers Office. Bheki Ntshalintshali (COSATU General Secretary), Mugwena Maluleke (SADTU General Secretary), Zola Saphetha (NEHAWU General Secretary), Clyde Mervin (CWU President), Cedric Gina (LIMUSA General Secretary), Rankele Msinto (POPCRU Deputy GS) and Ben Venter (SASBO Deputy General Secretary).

KwaZulu Natal Durban
Gather at DinuZulu (Bothas Park) and march to City Hall to handover memorandum to the Premier. Sidumo Dlamini (COSATU President)
Joe Kokela (SASBO General Secretary), Themba Khumalo (SACTWU President) Mabutho Cele (SADTU Deputy President), David Siphunzi (NUM General Secretary), Siboniso Mdletshe (LIMUSA President), Cassim Lekgoathi (DENOSA Deputy General Secretary).

Eastern Cape  – East London
Gather at North End Stadium and march to City Hall where the memorandums will be handed over. Oscar Phaka (DENOSA General Secretary), Mike Shingange (NEHAWU Deputy President), Thandeka Msibi (DENOSA 2nd Deputy President).

Gather at Freedom Square and march to DOL to hand over the memorandum. Malesela Lekota (SASBO President) and  Manamela Kwena (DENOSA Deputy GS).

Gather at Indoor Sports Center and march to DOL and Ploice Station to hand over the memorandum. Aubrey Tshabalala (CWU General Secretary), Zacharia Mosothoane (SATAWU Deputy GS).

Port Elizabeth
Gather at Mangoza Jebe (Centenary Hall) and march to Vuyisile Mini Square to handover memorandums. Bones Skulu (SACCAWU General Secretary), Nkosana Dolopi (SADTU Deputy General Secretary), Susan Khumalo (SACTWU 2nd Deputy President).

Limpopo – Polokwane
Gather at SABC Park and march to Shoprite, Premiers Office and Anglo Platinum to hand over memorandums. Magope Maphila (SADTU President), Simon Hlungwane (DENOSA President), Lydia Makhubelo (NUM Women’s Structure), Pule Molalenyane (SAMWU President), Angie Phethle (SACCAWU Deputy President).

Western Cape – Cape Town
Gather at Keizerkragt and march to PRASA, Provincial Government and National Parliament to hand over memorandums. Freda Oosthuysen (COSATU National Treasurer)Veronica Hofmeester (SADTU Vice Education)Mike Tau( SACCAWU Deputy President), Andre Kriel (SACTWU General Secretary), Kate Matlou (SATAWU 2nd Deputy President )Coockie Nkambule (DENOSA Treasurer).

North West – Mafikeng
Gather at Montshiwa Stadium and march to Legislature to hand over memorandums to Premier, Business Forum and Chamber of Mines.
Solly Phetoe (COSATU Deputy General Secretary), Louisa Thipe (SACCAWU President), Makgabo Mabapa (NUM Deputy General Secretary), Nomalanga Mabokela (POPCRU 2nd Deputy GS), Moses Miya (SAMWU Deputy General Secretary), Gloria Kgoleng (SADTU Vice President SAC), Kgomotso Makhuphula (NEHAWU Treasurer).

Mpumalanga – Nelspruit
Gather at Nelspruit Showground @ 09h00 and march to Government Complex to handover memorandum to the Premier. Zingiswa Losi(COSATU 2nd Deputy President), Lindiwe Motshwane (SADTU National Treasurer), December Mavuso (NEHAWU Deputy General Secretary) David Macatha (NUM National Treasurer), Mduduzi Mbongwa (SACCAWU Deputy General Secretary).

Gather at Lynville stadium @ 09h00 and march to ESKOM Park to handover the memorandum. Piet Matosa (NUM President), Chris Gina (SACTWU Deputy General Secretary), Modise Letsatsi (DENOSA 1st Deputy President) Nathi Theledi (POPCRU General Secretary).

Northern Cape – Kimberley
Gather at Kemo Hotel and march to Premiers Office (JB Sauer Building) to hanover memorandums to Premier, DMR, Banking Association and SALGA. Mzwandile Makwayiba (NEHAWU President) Peter Bailey (NUM H & S Chairperson), Simon Mathe (SAMWU General Secretary), Mpho Pooe (SAMA President).

Free State – Bloemfontein
Gather at Batho Community Hall and march to Provincial Government (Lebogang Building) to handover memorandum to the Premier. Tyotyo James (COSATU 1st Deputy President), Dorcas Sekabate (SADTU Vice President), Nyameka Macanda (NEHAWU 2nd Deputy President), Joseph Montisetsi (NUM Deputy President), Bonny Marekwa (POPCRU 2nd Deputy President).

Cosatu ups ante on PIC ‘capture’ by calling for moratorium on funding for any govt. institution

BusinessLive reports that Cosatu has called for a moratorium to prevent the use of Public Investment Corporation (PIC) funds to finance any government institution. The labour federation said on Tuesday that it would also explore the possibility of “depoliticising” the PIC by stripping the finance ministry of the powers to unilaterally appoint board members of the fund manager.

Cosatu indicated that it had requested an urgent meeting with Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to express its “grave concern” on reports that the “Gupta network” was trying to lay its “grubby hands” on workers’ retirement savings at the PIC.  The federation added that it would not allow the PIC to be “looted” the same way that Eskom and other state-owned enterprises had been.  “We are also concerned to learn that Gigaba is going ahead with his attempts to use workers’ retirement savings to bail out the captured state-owned enterprises,” said Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali.

by Theto Mahlakoana