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    Jeff Radebe in court on Thursday for racial discrimination case brought by Solidarity

    jeffradebeThe Citizen reports that energy minister Jeff Radebe appeared before the Equality Court on Thursday in respect of a racial discrimination case brought by trade union Solidarity.  

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    Strikers barred from picketing at Dis-Chem, four workers arrested

    DisChemGroundUp reports that four men were arrested when 200 workers demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the Dis-Chem store in Canal Walk, Cape Town.  

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    Springs guard dies from burn wounds after alleged assault by strikers in plastic sector

    strike thumb medium85 85The Star reports that the ongoing violent strike in the plastic sector has claimed its first fatality, after a security guard succumbed to burn wounds on Tuesday.  

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    Attacks on EMS staff causing reduction in ambulances services in Western Cape

    ambulanceCape Argus writes trauma experienced by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel attacked while on the job, is an indication of larger socio-economic challenges facing SA, according to Deputy Minister of Health Mathume Phaahla.  

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    Seven Anglo American employees make global list of top 100 women in mining

    angloamerican fullMining Weekly reports that seven female Anglo American employees made it onto the Women in Mining’s annual 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining list.  

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    President Ramaphosa to announce effective date for national minimum wage on Friday

    ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday proclaim the effective date for the recently approved national minimum wage (NMW).  

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    Horseracing industry ordered by MPs to improve living conditions of grooms

    parliamentTimesLive reports that the horseracing industry has been told by MPs to clean up its act when it comes to the living conditions of grooms employed at facilities in the sector.  

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    Another worker injured at FNB Stadium, following upon rigger who fell to his death at gig

    newsSowetanLive reports that following the tragic death of a rigger at FNB Stadium, another person got injured at the same venue on Monday.  

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    Ex-lecturer appears in court for murder of UniZulu academic who uncovered fake PhD syndicate

    ZululandUniversityNews24 reports that a former lecturer at the University of Zululand (UniZulu) appeared in court on Tuesday for his alleged part in the murder of prominent academic Professor Gregory Kamwendo.  

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    Minister's 'meddling' in SABC over retrenchments might be unlawful, says civil group

    sabcFin24 reports that the Save Our SABC Coalition has warned newly appointed Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams that she might have acted unlawfully by "meddling" in the affairs of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

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    ANCYL in eThekwini wants R1bn for youth development and no requirement of experience for jobs

    ancylTimesLive reports that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal is pushing ahead with its demand for the eThekwini municipality to allocate R1bn for youth development.  

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    GEPF may expand foreign portfolio so as to diversify exposure

    GEPFBL Premium reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is continuing to seek ways to diversify its returns in the wake of scandals surrounding Steinhoff, which has exposed the fund’s dependency on the local market.  

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    Placement of new nurses for 2019 going smoothly, says government

    nursing thumb medium90 93BusinessLive reports that MPs were assured on Wednesday that virtually all of SA’s newly qualified nurses have been placed in public sector posts for 2019.  

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    Teaching determined not to be an essential service, so teachers may strike

    education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that the Essential Services Committee has determined that school managers and support staff are not essential services, effectively upholding their right to strike.  

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    Anderson Transport v National Bargaining Council for Road Freight and Logistics Industry (LAC). Summary: Compliance order issued in terms of section 33A(3) of the LRA bargaining council referring non-compliance to a collective agreement by employer collective agreement enjoining employers to pay employees by their actual time worked, including overtime and allowances whereas employer’s paying employees by their output on actual kilometres driven employer contending that its scheme predated collective agreement as it is incorporated into individuals employees’ contract of employment

    SOUL MTSHWENE v GLENCORE OPERATIONS SA (PTY) LTD (LION FERROCHROME) (LAC). Summary: The employer lodging a review application against the finding by the CCMA that the dismissal of the employee was substantively unfair because the employer had not been consistent in applying discipline. The employee filing a cross-review, 122 days out of time, mounting an attack on the finding by the commissioner that he was guilty of the misconduct and further seeking reinstatement into employment.

    EPIC FOTHE NATIONAL EDUCATION HEALTH ANDALLIED WORKERS UNION (NEHAWU) v MINISTER OF HEALTH (LC). Summary: The Applicant filed an application to admit into evidence further affidavits. Application dismissed as the evidence was available at the time of the filing of the application with no acceptable explanation why it was not placed before Court earlier. Consideration of the explanation and prejudice.

    ODS (PTY) LTD v INQUBELA PHAMBILI TRADE UNION (LC). Summary: Return day Final order sought to interdict certain conducts by the first respondent and its members. Responsible conduct of a Trade Union during a strike action considered. Order against the third respondent whether interim or final discharge or confirmation thereof. Held: (1) All orders were discharged with costs in appropriate circumstances.

    THE NATIONAL EDUCATION HEALTH ANDALLIED WORKERS UNION (NEHAWU) v MINISTER OF HEALTH (LC). Summary: The Applicant filed an application to admit into evidence further affidavits. Application dismissed as the evidence was available at the time of the filing of the application with no acceptable explanation why it was not placed before Court earlier. Consideration of the explanation and prejudice.

    HENRICUS VAN SPAENDONCK v GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN SERVICES (PTY) LTD T/A GLOBAL TRACK (LAC). Summary: Review of arbitration award application of s 145 of the LRA principle restated commissioner failing to consider evidence before her had she considered the evidence, the commissioner ought to have found that employee misconducted himself by using the company credit card for his personal use- Appeal dismissed with costs.

    AMCU v KPMM Road and Earthworks (LAC). Summary: Contempt of court of order against both employees and union- employer failing to prove that employees making common purpose with those committing misconduct- doctrine of common purpose restated in respect of union, court restating requirements for contempt application- court finding that order of the Labour Court unclear so as to enable union to know what is expected of it. Held that if an employer wishes to obtain relief against a union in circumstances similar to that of the present dispute, it behoves its legal advisers to draft a notice of motion which gives clear content to the obligations which it wishes to impose upon the union. Appeal upheld Labour Court’s judgment set aside.

    MEC FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT & TOURISM v MADIMETJA ABRAM MOGAHLANE (LAC). Summary: Unreasonable delay in the prosecution of a review application in terms of section 158(1)(h) of the LRA court finding that although there is no prescribed time limit for launching a review under section 158(1) (h) of the LRA it should be initiated within a reasonable time held that a delay of almost six months is excessive particularly where, as found by the Labour Court in this matter, the explanation was wholly unreasonable further that if there is no merit in the legal challenge to the impugned decision, no purpose would be served by overlooking the delay Court finding on the merits that employee’s appointment was in compliance with the regulations Labour Court judgment upheld and appeal dismissed with costs.