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.

GeorgeThe Citizen reports that refuse collection and sewage-related services in George in the Western Cape have been badly affected as essential municipal workers continue to strike over Covid-19 related compensation.  

healthcareThe Star reports that medical facilities around the country have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic with over 2,000 healthcare workers reported to have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has issued a notice of possible redundancies that could affect some 600 employees.  

newsNews24 reports that another elderly nun has died after contracting Covid-19 at the Congregation of the Precious Blood Sisters convent in Mthatha, bringing the death toll to five in a space of nine days.  

AmazonTimesLIVE reports that international online retailer Amazon on Thursday announced the creation of 3,000 new virtual jobs in SA, with applicants only needing a matric along with the electronic support to work virtually.  

education90BL Premium writes that the government’s approach of granting above-inflation wage increases to teachers without providing the budgets to pay for them is harming the education system by causing widespread hiring freezes and increasing class sizes, with the poorest schools and provinces the worst affected.  

EastplatsBusinessLive reports that Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has temporarily halted tailings retreatment at its Crocodile River Mine in the North West as a result of a confirmed case of Covid-19.  

sasolBusinessLive reports that chemicals group Sasol announced on Thursday that it would be consulting its workforce on possible retrenchments after deciding on an organisational shake-up that will result in two core businesses.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that on Wednesday President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the further easing of level 3 lockdown restrictions, allowing over 500,000 more people to return to work in sectors that include hotels, personal care services, restaurants and cinemas.  

labourcourtsBL Premium reports that in a groundbreaking ruling, the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has found that until the Labour Registrar first complies with relevant legislation, unions don’t need to hold a secret ballot before downing tools.  

psaPretoria News reports that calls for Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to reconsider the reopening of schools are growing louder after the closure of more schools due to Covid-19 infections.  

newsIndependent News reports that Youth Day on Tuesday saw the 44th commemoration of the Soweto uprisings by students opposed to the apartheid government.  Political parties called on the government to reflect on the escalating joblessness of young people in the country and effective ways to mitigate that.  

santacoPretoria News reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) has announced that taxi associations have resolved to hike fares with effect from 1 July.  

employment thumb100 Cape Argus reports that according to a recent survey, South Africans are less concerned about the Covid-19 pandemic and more about unemployment and the state of the economy.  

capetown thumb100 BL Premium reports that Cullinan Holdings CEO Michael Tollman said on Tuesday that the government was sending out the wrong message to the world in saying that international tourism would only open in March 2021.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that two teachers, a principal and a school administration clerk in North West have tested positive for Covid-19.  

edconTimesLIVE reports that Edcon Holdings has served 22,000 of its employees with section 189 (retrenchment) notices.  

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VodacomBusiness Report writes that Vodacom increased the pay packages of its chief executive, Shameel Joosub, and chief financial officer, Till Streichert, by 13.5% and 11.5%, respectively, in the year ended March.  

medicaldoctorEWN reports that according to a medical law and ethics expert, clearer guidelines for healthcare workers were needed when it came to the treatment of Covid-19 patients.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that Cricket SA’s former head of sales and sponsor relations Clive Eksteen is taking the governing body to the Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for unfair dismissal just days after his sacking.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that two days before finance minister Tito Mboweni tables his special adjustments budget on 24 June, the state will begin pre-arbitration hearings with Cosatu-affiliated unions relating to the dispute over the government’s failure to pay the last leg of wage increases agreed to in the 2018 multiyear wage agreement.  

healthcareNews24 reports that Eastern Cape healthcare workers are waiting nearly a month for their coronavirus test results from public sector laboratories and they fear that they may be exposing patients and colleagues to the infection.  

Zweli MkhizeNews24 reports that according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, SA would in coming days see a rise in Covid-19 infections, more people would be hospitalised, and many would lose their lives.  

newsNews24 reports that according to a top professor, testing of people previously diagnosed for Covid-19 to ensure they were no longer infectious before returning to work was "nonsense and must stop".  

UIFBusiness Insider SA reports that amid reports of companies stealing Covid-19 payouts meant for workers, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has appointed auditors to “follow the money trail”.  

nehawu80Financial Mail reports that as Covid-19 cases began to spike in the Eastern Cape, the state-run Livingstone Hospital became the site of a trade union-led laundry war.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the business rescue plan for SA Airways (SAA), which was published on Tuesday night, envisages a restructured airline that will begin flying in the near future due to a new bailout from the government.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that more border openings are wanted by the mining industry for returning foreign mineworkers.  As of Thursday last week, not a single foreign mineworker had re-entered SA from neighbouring foreign countries.  

eskomNews24 reports that two security guards were shot dead in Philippi East, Cape Town, on Monday afternoon while escorting Eskom technicians out of the area.