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.

farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp reports that as uncertainty and fear grows amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, some farms in the Western Cape are closing their doors.  This means that hundreds, if not thousands, of seasonal farmworkers will be without means to provide for their families.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 23 March 2020.

handcuffsNews24 reports that four persons were scheduled to appear in the Mecklenburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday for illegal mining and possession of chrome.  

earningsSowetan reports a company that gives people in need of a place to stay has ironically left its employee stranded without accommodation far from home in Cape Town.  

CCMASowetanLive reports that nine Soweto TV producers have vowed to fight for their jobs after they were fired in January following disciplinary hearings.  

newsTimesLIVE writes that as Covid-19 continues to spread in SA and more people opt to work from home, the safety of domestic employees remains a cause for concern, and calls for employers to grant them paid leave are mounting.  

sapsCity Press reports that the lawyers of former top cop Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane are confident that when his trial continues in May they will be able to punch holes in a forensic report by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) that forms the basis of the state’s case against him.  

bmwBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has met with the management of BMW SA to discuss financial compensation for employees in respect of the shutdown of the Rosslyn manufacturing plant for two weeks.  

headgearMiningmx reports that there’s a raft of information that shows involving women in the mining business is not just the mark of a just, modern society, but a good business strategy.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA – previously called the Chamber of Mines) says it will provide a daily update on its website if and when incidents of Covid-19 are confirmed at its members’ operations.  

VantageGoldfieldsCity Press reports that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has intervened in the litigation process that has stalled the reopening of two Mpumalanga gold mines and the retrieval of the bodies of three workers who were buried underground.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BL Premium reports that a hard-fought legal challenge brought by Transnet pensioners against the state-owned logistics company has after seven years culminated in a settlement agreement, offering only some justice for the long-suffering retirees.  

medicaldoctorCape Times reports that after a decade-long battle, 50 doctors have claimed victory over the Western Cape health department after the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) dismissed with costs the department’s leave to appeal an order to pay scarce skills allowances.  

busaTimesLIVE reports that the business sector is proactively collaborating with government to reduce the economic, social and health effects of Covid-19.  

nursing thumb medium90 93News24 reports that an outpatient nurse at Butterworth Hospital in the Eastern Cape has been arrested after he was allegedly caught stealing four full boxes of face masks.  

CCMAMail & Guardian reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has closed its doors amid fears about the coronavirus outbreak.  

UIFIn a letter to the editor of Business Day, labour analyst and MP Michael Bagraim writes that with the Department of Employment & Labour (DEL) having sent out a protocol for people who test positive for the coronavirus and people needing to claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), thousands of those claims are going to be seen to come in hourly.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that as SA tries to curb the spread of the coronavirus, organised labour is divided over whether the country should go into lockdown.  

nehawu80Fin24 reports that the plans of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) to march at the end of the month over continued uncertainty regarding public sector wage increrases have been roundly criticised as irresponsible and short-sighted, in light of the coronavirus outbreak.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of SA Airways (SAA) to apply to court to liquidate the airline, saying the business rescue process has turned into a "farce".  

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater described an online hoax that claimed the producer had a confirmed case of Covid-19 at its Marikana platinum operations as having “potentially far-reaching and damaging consequences” for the company.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) reported on Friday afternoon that it had learnt of fatalities at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine, in Gauteng, and Sibanye-Stillwater’s Thembelani shaft, in the North West.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has threatened to take the government to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) if it fails to implement an agreement to increase salaries on 1 April   

NedbankReuters reports that fired Old Mutual chief executive Peter Moyo has resigned from his post on the board of Nedbank, the lender said on Friday.  

saa thumb medium95 76TimesLIVE reports that South African Airways (SAA) on Friday announced that it would immediately suspend all international operations until the end of May, in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of the coronavirus.  

newsBusinessLive reports that an association representing private security company owners is up in arms over a recently established bargaining council in the sector, claiming it lacks legitimacy.  

UNTUThe Citizen reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) has called for the suspension of train services as a measure to derail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 19 March 2020.

gautengNews24 reports that staff at the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cogta abandoned their posts amid fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).  

medicaldoctorSowetanLive reports on the words of a medical practitioner who works at a public hospital where tests are done to detect Covid-19 and who said:  “I don’t feel safe as a doctor. The practice we are working from is [near] OR Tambo [International Airport] and a lot of the patients we see on a daily basis work at the airport.”