Tribunal okays SABMiller takeover, with tweaks to layoffs and some other conditions

Business Report writes that the Competition Tribunal has approved a merger between SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev, which will create the largest beer brewing company in the world. The Tribunal, in approving the merger, subjected it to conditions to address both public interest and competition concerns arising from the merger.  In a statement released on Thursday, the tribunal […]

NEHAWU demand the reversal of salary deductions

EWN reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) provincial and national leaders are set to intervene in a labour dispute in Parliament in a bid to avoid another strike. Staff downed tools yesterday after Nehawu’s parliamentary branch chairperson, Sthembiso Tembe and his colleague were suspended. The two are facing internal charges for allegedly disrupting […]

‘SA IN NEED OF SKILLED ARTISANS TO SUPPORT GROWING MINING INDUSTRY’

EWN reports that Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources Godfrey Oliphant says South Africa needs skilled artisans to support its mining industry for the next 100 years. Oliphant yesterday attended the launch of Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone’s skill development program. The R80 million program provides training in an array of disciplines like boiler making, electrician and fitters and turners. Thereafter, learners will attend an apprenticeship with participating mining and engineering […]

Cosatu on workers not taking blame for Brexit

Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President, Sdumo Dlamini, says workers should not take the blame due to the current Brexit saga in the United Kingdom. He was speaking at the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) NEC meeting to celebrate 20 years in Johannesburg on Thursday. Dlamini said Britain’s vote to leave the EU has led to […]

#BlackFriday protest against the SABC: Sanef

eNCA reports that the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has urged all journalists to wear black and support the #BlackFriday protest against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which has sparked controversy with its moves to censor some news content. Sanef is among the concerned organisations and ordinary citizens who are demanding the immediate reinstatement of […]

Nehawu members employed by Parliament to return to work after strike

EWN reports that National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members employed by Parliament are expected to return to work after going on strike on Wednesday in a show of solidarity with their suspended colleagues. The union’s parliamentary branch chairperson, Sthembiso Tembe, and a colleague were suspended for their alleged role in disrupting staff […]

Domestic worker dismissed for ‘stealing tea bag’

News24 reports that in Komatipoort, a 29-year-old shop owner in Mpumalanga has admitted to dismissing his domestic worker for allegedly stealing a tea bag. The businessman, Dawood Gulzar, denied allegations that he had fired the woman for personal reasons. “This lady is a thief. She never stole money, but she’s stealing our small things like a tea bag […]

AA workers go on strike as wage negotiations breakdown

South African Transport & Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) members at the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) have embarked on a national strike due to a dispute in wage negotiations. About 300 AA workers responsible for towing, patrols and emergency response have down tools due to a failure to reach agreement in the latest round of […]

Municipalities’ spending on staff surges

BDLIve reports that municipalities’ employee-related costs grew by 43.9% between 2011 and 2015, or from R50bn in 2011 to R73bn in 2015. This was revealed in the Statistics SA financial census of municipalities in Pretoria on Wednesday. Employee-related costs contributed to just over a quarter of municipalities’ total operating expenditure in the financial year ended in June […]