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.

Bidvest BankMoneyweb reports that Bidvest Bank has served its staff with a notice of possible retrenchments.  

DenelReuters reports that the National Treasury warned on Tuesday that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel faced the risk of being placed into business rescue or even liquidation.  

ancEWN reports that the ANC’s alliance partners on Monday lashed out at the governing party for failing to take their advice on the tendering process for the Covid-19 relief funds.  

nehawu80The Star reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is going ahead with a planned strike on Wednesday.  The action will see thousands of workers embark on marches throughout the country demanding salary increases and improved protective Covid-19 measures.  

suninternationalBusiness Report writes that Sun International on Monday announced the closure of its Naledi and Carousel hotels, saying that the Covid-19 pandemic had forced it to review its operations to save costs.  

psaCape Argus reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has declared a dispute against the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in an effort to secure a safe and secure working environment for correctional services officials.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 Wire reports that with all grades having now returned to schools, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will use the next two weeks to monitor where there is a need to employ additional teachers.  

durbanNews24 reports that eThekwini Metro mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has condemned Monday’s strike by bus drivers of the Durban Transport bus service which paralysed early morning traffic.  

SolidaritySolidarity reports that the Labour Court on Friday granted an urgent application that the trade union brought against arms manufacturer Denel for contempt of court and issued an interim order with a deadline of 3 December 2020.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that public sector wage negotiations are unlikely to take place before the start of the next financial year as the government has asked the Labour Court (LC) to declare enforcement of the current agreement unlawful on the basis that it breached the constitution.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 31 August 2020.

ancSunday Tribune reports that the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) provincial executive committee (PEC) on Friday announced that it had asked the former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede to step aside from the provincial legislature and eThekwini regional task team activities.  

labourcourtsMail & Guardian reports that two years after a landmark Constitutional Court ruling, workers are still struggling against SA’s supposedly stifled labour-broking regime.  

sasolBusiness Report writes that the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on Friday slammed Sasol for paying exorbitant separation packages to its joint chief executives and presidents.  

Stats SASABC News reports that Statistics SA has announced a second delay in release of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the second quarter.  This is due to the implementation of a new method of collecting data.  

lindiwesisuluEngineering News reports that the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) has called for more public transparency around board appointments in state-owned enterprises (SOEs).  

DiscoveryBusinessTech reports that, based on messages in a WhatsApp group, Discovery Health has dismissed 10 employees for contravening the company’s social media policy and acting maliciously against the company.  

SteinhoffBloomberg reports that Steinhoff International shareholders on Friday voiced their frustration with the scandal-hit retailer by voting against proposed changes to director pay policies and by rejecting financial statements for last year.  

UIFTimesLIVE reports that the Hawks on Sunday arrested a 62-year-old man for allegedly pocketing R4.7m from the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters).  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 28 August 2020.

CapeTownlogoNews24 reports that two City of Cape Town firefighters were pepper sprayed at the scene of a fire that started on Friday night in Seawinds.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that despite expatriates working and studying in SA being allowed to return to the country during the lockdown, many have been hesitant to do so due to the strict requirements they need to meet to be granted permission to return.  

earningsThe Star reports that SA businesses have cut pay rises by 20% and introduced widespread hiring freezes in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, with the jobs market in near lockdown.  

uasaEngineering News reports that economist Mike Schüssler noted during a webinar on Friday that the Covid-19 pandemic and the months of lockdown have had an immense negative impact on economies worldwide, with entire industries forced to close their doors, affecting millions of workers who either lost their income for weeks on end or lost their jobs altogether.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that more delays are feared in a court case to determine whether the government has to pay almost R40bn in salary increases to public sector workers, as the state now wants the court to declare that doing so would be unlawful.  

sapsNews24 reports that according to Police Minister Bheki Cele, close to 5,000 SA Police Service (SAPS) personnel exited the police service in the 2019/2020 financial year, which saw a decrease in staff from 192,277 to 187,358.  

joburgcityTimesLIVE reports that a sting operation conducted by the Hawks has led to the arrest of an accounts manager at the City of Johannesburg.  

hawksTimesLIVE reports that a Department of Home Affairs (DHA) official appeared in court in Emalahleni on Thursday after being arrested for allegedly selling birth certificates.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that Cricket SA’s (CSA's) board has fired the organisation’s CEO, Thabang Moroe, with immediate effect.  

numReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday advised that its wage negotiations with Kumba Iron Ore, which is owned by Anglo American, were deadlocked and that it had declared a dispute.