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.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that on the eve of a crucial creditors’ vote on the SAA rescue plan, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has lashed out again at the SAA Pilots’ Association (Saapa), accusing it of wanting to derail the process.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the return of the 12,500 foreign mineworkers to SA’s mines is taking double the time planned.  The Minerals Council SA’s initial ten-day plan has become a 20-day plan because of the need to overcome bottlenecks.  

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that three months after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he and his cabinet would take a one-third salary cut for three months and donate the funds to help with Covid-19 relief, it is still not clear whether the entire executive has followed through.  

sabcCity Press reports that the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) wants the report of a commission of inquiry into interference in the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) newsroom to be retracted.  

newsBusiness Report writes that Bidvest Car Rental has warned staff that all the positions in the company, which has more than 100 branches across the country, might become redundant because it plans to close or sell the business.  

denosa thumb medium60 92The Star reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has appealed to members of the public to inform healthcare workers about possible Covid-19 symptoms during screenings.  

northwestprovinceNews24 reports that members of the North West provincial cabinet – who were close contacts of MEC Gordon Kegakilwe – have been cleared of Covid-19.  Kegakilwe, MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, died last Monday following a "short and serious illness".  

newsTimesLIVE reports that public transport drivers and operators allowing commuters into their vehicles without a face mask can be prosecuted and jailed for up to six months, be fined, or both.  

ancBloomberg reports that the ANC’s economic transformation committee has suggested that pension funds should take over some of the assets of state-owned Eskom.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Bloomberg reports that SA is bracing for the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with infections mounting at a rapid pace, doctors and nurses being worked to the bone and ICUs at risk of running out of beds.  

ancBL Premium reports that the ANC’s proposals for economic revival in the post-Covid-19 economy, published on Friday, argue for an infrastructure-led recovery, which will be funded in part by pension funds and other savings.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that the government has banned alcohol sales "with immediate effect" and will impose an evening curfew from Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday night, as SA’s coronavirus tally soared past the 276,000 mark.  

UIFTimesLIVE reports that employees who have not received payouts from the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) since the beginning of lockdown have no way of finding out what could be outstanding or delaying their payouts.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the Compensation Fund (CF) is expecting more Covid-19 related claims due to the opening up of the economy.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that representatives of the National Treasury and union federation Cosatu met last week for the third time to consider giving retirement fund members access to their savings as a means of mitigating the impact of income losses as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.  

ancEWN reports that the African National Congress (ANC) plans to upscale the production of artisans in SA as part of its economic recovery plan post-Covid-19.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said on Friday that a request by pilots to retain more staff at SA Airways (SAA) was not in the best interest of the airline and won't be considered.  

PSLBusinessLive reports that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the SA Football Association (Safa) will be held liable for claims for damages or negligence that may occur as a result of Covid-19 casualties when football resumes.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has dismissed a bid by the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for SA Airways (SAA) to overturn a lower court ruling ordering them not to issue retrenchment notices to the airline’s employees before finalising a rescue plan.  

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nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that the majority of claims lodged with the Department of Employment and Labour’s (DEL’s) Compensation Fund in all nine provinces are so far from women, with nurses on the front line bearing the biggest brunt of contracting Covid-19 at work.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that terrified teachers forced to work at a Covid-19 hit Gauteng school are being made to choose payment for their jobs ahead of personal safety after rising coronavirus cases went unreported.  

newsSowetanLive reports that the Competition Appeal Court (CAC) has revisited a case it disposed of eight years ago when it ordered that the merged entity of Wal-Mart-Massmart must reinstate 503 employees who were dismissed in 2009 and 2010 before the merger.  

eskomThe Star reports that Eskom has roped in the SA Revenue Service, the Special Investigating Unit, the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to go after former employees and suppliers implicated in malfeasance at the power utility.  

headgear thumb medium80 122BusinessLive reports that as SA’s health system struggles with increased numbers of coronavirus cases, mines are finding that pre-arranged hospital beds earmarked for ill mineworkers afflicted with Covid-19 have already been allocated.  

SolidarityMining Weekly reports that trade union Solidarity has called on the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to negotiate and reach an out of court agreement around mining rights ownership and the “once empowered, always empowered” principle.  

newsBloomberg writes that SA truck operators are being targeted in a spate of attacks that have seen drivers assaulted and killed, cargo stolen and rigs torched.  

necsa1The Citizen reports that SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) subsidiary NTP, which seemed to be getting back on its feet after the appointment of Dave Nicholls as chair earlier this year, is back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that the rising cases of Covid-19, staff testing positive and the increasingly strained health system has sent Gauteng department of health authorities scrambling for extra staff, including nurses and doctors.  

ambulanceBL Premium reports that the Gauteng government’s centralisation of the province’s emergency medical services (EMS) has grounded all of Tshwane’s more than 70 ambulances.