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.

er24TimesLIVE reports that a 35-year-old truck driver died after the load of steel beams he was transporting shifted and crushed the driver’s cab.  

uctTimesLIVE reports that after shutting its doors on Monday in the wake of a staff member testing positive for Covid-19, the University of Cape Town (UCT) confirmed on Thursday that a second positive case had been identified.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that Comair, the operator of low-cost airline kulula.com and British Airways (BA) in SA, announced on Tuesday that two of its senior executives were leaving the company.  

MassmartReuters reports that Massmart announced on Thursday that it had decided to close all of its non-performing stores, as cash-strapped consumers battle with high unemployment, modest wage increases and higher average fuel and utility prices.  

daBL Premium reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) said on Wednesday that it would embark on a national day of action on 30 March as a “warning shot” to the government to honour the last part of the three-year public sector wage agreement signed in 2018, due for implementation on 1 April.  

bmwMoneyweb reports that BMW South Africa is to shut down its Rosslyn manufacturing plant in Pretoria for two weeks because of risks posed by Covid-19 and the resulting impact on demand for new vehicles.  

southafricalogoEngineering News reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has appealed to employers to use the prescriptions of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act in governing workplaces in relation to the Covid-19 virus.  

headgearMining Weekly reports that Gold Fields and Harmony Gold have announced measures and strategies to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.  

santacoBusinessLive reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) has mapped out a plan to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the sector that provides crucial transport for an estimated 16.5-million passengers daily.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu has welcomed approval by the cabinet of a bill proposing the inclusion of domestic workers in the compensation for occupational diseases and injuries regime.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that annual consumer inflation ticked up slightly in February to 4.6%, from 4.5% in January, to reach its highest level in over a year, data from Statistics SA showed on Wednesday.  

chickensBusinessLive reports that an association of meat importers and exporters has warned of mass retrenchments in the food sector after the government announced a significant hike in poultry tariffs.  

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has postponed its congress due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.  

UIFBL Premium reports that the government has offered a measure of relief in response to the looming Covid-19 crisis, indicating it will use the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to ease the burden on employees and employers.  

nehawu80Financial Mail reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is preparing for a fight after the government on Monday confirmed that it would not be implementing the last leg of its 2018 wage deal in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).  

newsThe Citizen reports that Cabinet’s approval of the Compensation of Injury on Duty Amendment Bill will benefit about 800,000 domestic workers, who will be able to claim for injuries sustained on duty.  

UIFBloomberg reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and Business Unity SA (Busa) told the government at a meeting on Monday that it must find ways to utilise the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to finance temporary layoffs and other methods of supporting companies whose finances have been hit by the coronavirus.  

hawksTimesLIVE reports that a senior Hawks member was gunned down outside Mbombela, Mpumalanga, on Tuesday morning.  

gautrainbus thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that all Gautrain buses in Rosebank, Johannesburg, were cancelled on Tuesday morning after drivers raised concerns about Covid-19.  

Mathunjwa2Miningmx reports that Nico Muller, CEO of Impala Platinum (Implats), is the latest platinum group metal (PGM) executive to strike a conciliatory note in respect of Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (Amcu).  

fikilembalulaBusinessLive reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Monday that there would be random screening of passengers for the Covid-19 virus at all taxi ranks and train stations.  

denosa thumb medium60 92BusinessLive reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa), SA’s largest nursing union, has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement declaring Covid-19 a national disaster and his sweeping measures to contain the spread of disease.  

strike thumb medium85 85BusinessLive reports that Cosatu intends to openly defy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ban on mass gatherings of more than 100 people, saying it will support a planned national strike by its public sector affiliate Nehawu over cuts to the public sector wage bill.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 16 March 2020.

goldbarsMining Weekly reports that the recovery in gold prices has coincided with, and is being tainted by, a surge in so-called ‘gold raids’.  

angloamericanBL Premium writes that Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) record performance with zero fatalities in 2019 was no accident. It came from the culmination of an intense focus on changing the mindset of the company’s workforce and rigorous discipline.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that in a statement on Friday, Western Cape police indicated that three men had been arrested in Cape Town after trying to bribe a Milnerton detective.  

boardroomtableSowetanLive reports that transport unions have warned of a looming strike in the bus sector after two months of wage negotiations have failed to result in an agreement.  

durbanNews24 reports that eThekwini metro police will no longer be using breathalysers at roadblocks for fear of spreading coronavirus, according to a social media post by metro police head Steve Middleton.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 13 March 2020.