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.

KaiserChiefsBusinessLive reports that two unnamed Kaizer Chiefs players have tested positive for Covid-19 and will immediately go into quarantine for 14 days.  

coalBusinessLive reports that Bouwer van Niekerk, lawyer for Optimum Coal’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs), told MPs on Tuesday that there are three bids on the table for the colliery, but the difficulty lay with funding the ramp-up of the mine.  

SolidarityReuters reports that trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday it had applied to the Labour Court to challenge state arms manufacturer Denel over its failure to pay salaries in full.  

newsMoneyweb reports that automotive group Motus is in the process of reducing the size of its workforce by about 2,000 people through an early retirement and retrenchment process that will cost the company between R120 million and R140 million.  

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

telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that Telkom said on Monday that it planned a major restructuring after its profitability tanked on the deterioration in fixed-voice revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that a vote by creditors to accept or reject the South African Airways (SAA) final rescue plan is scheduled to take place on Thursday, but competitor SA Airlink has lodged a court application for an urgent interdict of the meeting.  

newsSowetanLive reports that a group of 50 cash-in-transit employees who have tested positive for Covid-19 are blaming their company for being responsible for their infections.  

fikilembalulaThe Citizen reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula was forced to flee from Soshanguve in Pretoria on Monday after disgruntled taxi operators demanding that government dig deeper for a R20,000 relief subsidy wouldn’t let him speak.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that SA’s unemployment rate rose to 30.1% in the first three months of 2020, reaching its highest level on record.  

medicaldoctorTimesLIVE reports that according to SA's front-line doctors, their mental health has deteriorated in recent weeks, which has prompted a medical defence body to warn about the risk of burnout.  

eskomCity Press reports that the unbundling of Eskom into three separate companies may be derailed over trade union grievances about a lack of consultation.  

gavel thumb100 The Star reports that North Gauteng High Court has sent a strong message that Covid-19 relief fund fraud will not be tolerated by freezing millions of rands allegedly fraudulently paid into in a bank account.  

AmazonBusiness Times writes that Amazon's announcement last week that it plans to hire 3,000 people in its local customer service division has provided a powerful boost for SA’s credentials in business process outsourcing (BPO).  

anglogoldashantiBloomberg reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which is one of AngloGold Ashanti’s (AGA’s) top shareholders, has asked the gold producer to say what action it will take after chief executive officer Kelvin Dushnisky returned a bonus he had received for joining.  

ramaphosa2Bloomberg reports that in his weekly newsletter on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa warned of widening job losses as the effects of the national shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus batters the SA economy.  

edconBL Premium reports more than 75% of Edcon's creditors approved the company’s business rescue plan at a meeting on Monday.  Some creditors who tried to stop the process were successfully warded off.  

farming thumb medium80 84BL Premium reports that SA’s agricultural sector is likely to be spared from the heavy job losses anticipated in most sectors due to the economic shock of Covid-19 because it mostly remained open during the lockdown and expects a bumper grain harvest.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 22 June 2020.

UIFSunday Times reports that nearly R6m in Covid-19 relief funds, which was intended for 200 workers, were diverted to one man in what Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) investigators have called a glaring instance of fraud and money laundering.  

MineralsCouncilSAReuters reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA), previously called the Chamber of Mines, has flagged that the process of facilitating the return of foreign mine workers as lockdown restrictions ease will take longer than expected due to delays at the Mozambique and Lesotho border posts.  

Dlamini ZumaThe Citizen reports that Minister of Local Government and Traditional Affairs and ANC National Executive Committee member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had laid down the law by asking the ANC to appoint the right cadres with the right skills to do the jobs in municipalities.  

Stats SABL Premium reports that more than one in five vacancies are unfilled at SA’s official data collection agency, Stats SA, potentially putting the credibility of national statistics used by policymakers and business leaders at risk.  

earningsThe Citizen notes that it was reported last week that the City of Johannesburg plans to vote a 6.4% pay increase for its councillors, much to the outrage of residents.  But, Steve Tshwete Municipality in Mpumalanga has gone one better.  

santacoTimesLIVE reports that thousands of commuters across Gauteng were left stranded on Monday morning after the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) embarked on a strike to protest against the R1bn government relief package for the industry.  

MboweniCity Press writes that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni seems headed for another major clash with trade unions if he stands firm on plans to cut the public sector wage bill when he tables his emergency budget in parliament on Wednesday.  

newsBL Premium reports that business lobby group Business for SA (B4SA) said on Friday that the administrative process to access Covid-19 relief benefits has proved to be “grossly unreliable” and cumbersome.  

newsMining Weekly reports that the alloys division of Glencore Operations SA and Merafe have commenced a consultation process in terms of sections 189 and 189A of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) with employee representatives and recognised trade unions.  

gavel thumb100 BL Premium reports that in a far-reaching ruling that will have significant implications for the government’s Covid-19 economic relief programmes, the High Court in Pretoria has ruled that “race, gender, youth and disability” must be taken into account in the awarding of state relief to businesses stricken by the pandemic.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu wants finance minister Tito Mboweni to significantly increase spending when he tables his supplementary budget in parliament on Wednesday.