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.

MboweniBusiness Report writes that according to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Covid-19 has rendered the 2018 three-year wage agreement with public sector unions invalid and unenforceable, given vastly changed circumstances.  

employment thumb100 BL Premium reports that according to the Presidency, more than 400,000 job opportunities have already been supported through President Cyril Ramaphosa's ambitious R100m employment stimulus plan.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Mercury reports that the employment of 200,000 new teaching assistants and 100,000 general assistants at schools across the country has raised concerns about the safety of pupils because of inadequate vetting and shortcomings in the sexual offenders register.  

firstrandMoneyweb reports that the FirstRand board spent most of its 90-minute annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday trying to defend its “Covid-19 instrument”, which was designed to shelter its top executives from the adverse impact of the pandemic on the value of their long-term incentives.  

sapsCape Argus reports that a planned restructuring of the police force will see a reduction in the number of deputy national police commissioners, the trimming of divisions, and more boots on the ground.  

labourcourtsMoneyweb reports that lawyers for public sector unions argued in court on Wednesday that, although SA’s fiscal position has gradually weakened over the past three years, the government cannot walk away from implementing the final leg of a three-year wage increase deal.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) Women in Mining Leadership Forum has announced ten Covid-19 Women in Mining Heroes, as part of its drive to shine a spotlight on the work done by women in the SA mining industry.  

Disabilities DayTimesLIVE writes that as the world commemorates the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, SA still has a long way to go when it comes to creating economic opportunities for the disabled.  

DenelBL Premium reports Solidarity and Uasa are scheduled to appear in the Labour Court on Thursday to ask it to hold the 15 directors of Denel, including the former CEO, in breach of the law for ignoring a court order.  

gavel thumb100 Independent News reports that the former deputy head of the Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Simon Mzayifani Madonsela, was convicted of corruption in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court and sentenced to eight years’ jail on Tuesday.  

sabcFin24 reports that the Labour Court has dismissed an urgent application by a union representing SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees to force the public broadcaster to rescind retrenchment letters issued to about 400 workers.  

newsGroundUp reports that the two Superspar Musina employees who threw methylated spirits over a woman who had stolen from the shop and then set her alight have been fired.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that seven police staff members, inclusive of senior managers and officers, have been dismissed following their alleged involvement in criminal activities.  

southafricalogoMoneyweb reports that public sector unions have rejected a request to postpone Wednesday’s Labour Appeal Court battle with the government over implementation of the final leg of the contentious 2018 wage increase agreement.  

earningsBL Premium reports that economists warned on Tuesday that the recommendation by labour department advisers to hike the minimum wage for farm and domestic workers by double digits would lead to a jobs bloodbath.  

UIFGroundUp reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has ruled that a group of former Dippin Blu Racing horse groomers from Port Elizabeth are entitled to claim unemployment benefits.  

CapeTownlogoTimesLIVE reports that the body of a lifeguard who disappeared during a rescue in Muizenberg has been found.  

durbanTimesLIVE reports that eThekwini bus service provider Tansnat has launched urgent high court proceedings to compel the municipality to provide it with the 450 buses it needs to service the 150,000 passengers it transports daily.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Brimstone, the black-owned and managed investment holding company, says its clothing manufacturing arm House of Monatic may retrench staff due to SA retailers squeezing local apparel producers on price.  

cosatuBL Premium reports that ANC alliance partner Cosatu is to put pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure the implementation of legislation enacted to help fight corruption and has warned that delay will lead to a constitutional crisis.  

UIFBusiness Insider SA reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has appointed seven auditing and forensic firms to "follow the money" for all Covid-19 Ters payments.  

kznlogo thumb100 News24 reports that a total of 7,132 public healthcare workers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have been infected with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, while 88 have succumbed to the virus.  

handshake thumb medium90 90News24 reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government has secured commitments from freight owners aimed at quelling attacks on trucks.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that the police in Limpopo have arrested a suspect after he allegedly killed a warrant officer in the holding cells at a police station.  

newsSunday Independent writes that prices of food and other commodities are likely to increase as a backlash from the ongoing attacks on trucks forces distributors to seek alternative logistics.  

newsSaturday Citizen reports that according to sources, staff at Pastor Shepherd Bushiri’s hotel in Rustenburg have not been paid for three months.  

southafricalogoCity Press reports that the legality, or lack thereof, of government’s failure to implement the final leg of salary increases for public servants as stipulated in a 2018 bargaining council agreement will take centre stage at the Labour Appeal Court on Wednesday.  

WescoalMining Weekly reports that according to a report from coal miner Wescoal, an employee of a mining contractor at its Moabsvelden mine succumbed to his injuries following a trackless mobile machinery incident that occurred at the mine on 25 November.  

sabcTechCentral reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) advised on Friday that it would be issuing notices of termination of lease agreements for its non-core properties and would sell them at an upcoming public auction.  

sabcEWN reports that lawyers for the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) on Friday said the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) must immediately stop its planned retrenchments and allow for proper consultation.