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.

cosatuEWN reports that labour federation Cosatu on Wednesday called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to tighten up business rescue legislation and sign into law several labour law amendments passed by Parliament over a year ago.  

parliamentIndependent News reports that months after axing Gengezi Mgidlana as Secretary to Parliament, the national legislature is looking for his replacement and an appointment could possibly be made before the end of the year.  

nehawu80Independent News reports that the Young Communist League (YCL) has come out in support of next week’s planned strike action by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) over public servants’ salary increases and their fears of contracting Covid-19 at work.  

ceppwawuFin24 reports that the administrator of the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) will consider tapping into its investment fund in a bid to stabilise its finances.  

cosatuNews24 Wire reports that Cosatu’s leadership has called out President Cyril Ramaphosa for being “confrontation averse” in the fight against corruption.  

healthcareThe Star reports that poor management has been blamed for 150 staff members contracting Covid-19 at Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Soweto.  

UIFMoneyweb reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) has resumed payments of Covid-19 benefits after a 24-hour delay.  

FordEngineering News reports that the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has launched a far-reaching engine donation programme to support skills development and training at technical high schools.  

saa thumb medium95 76Engineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have fiercely attacked the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and the management of SA Airways (SAA) for not paying the airline’s workers their salaries and benefits over the past four months.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that in an effort to combat the wide-scale job losses spawned by Covid-19, trade union federation Cosatu is demanding that legislation be amended to mandate negotiations and third party intervention in respect of retrenchments.  

UIFBL Premium reports that workers who received payments under the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) have not been able to get Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits when they were subsequently retrenched.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has told the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to stop its planned retrenchments because the public broadcaster has apparently not followed due process.  

tshwane thumb100 BL Premium reports that the cash-strapped City of Tshwane is withholding the salaries of nearly a third of its staff pending the completion of a vetting process aimed at removing ghost employees from its payroll.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that five months into the Covid-19 pandemic, financial distress remains a concern among South Africans, with as many as 61% reporting a loss of income.  

education90TimesLIVE reports that school-based violence has become rampant in Gauteng, resulting in many pupils and teachers experiencing school as an unsafe place.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that that payments in terms of the government's Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters), which aims to provide workers affected by the Covid-19 lockdown with much-needed money, has been halted pending an investigation by the auditor-general (AG).  

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that cash-strapped commuters say the resumption of some train routes in Durban has brought them some financial relief.  

gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that two KwaZulu-Natal police sergeants and another person appeared in the Durban specialised commercial crimes court on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding the UIF's Covid-19 relief fund of nearly R700,000.  

delilleSowetanLive reports that suspended Department of Public Works director-general Sam Vukela has accused Minister Patricia de Lille of issuing him with “unlawful and unreasonable instructions”, leading to the duo’s fallout.  

ancBusinessLive reports that Cosatu is demanding that President Cyril Ramaphosa takes action against his ANC colleagues who are looting Covid-19 funds.  

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020.

Golden ArrowNews24 Wire reports that eight people were injured when six Sibanye buses were stoned in the Witsand area of Atlantis in the Western Cape on Tuesday morning.  

newsMoneyweb reports that in court papers supporting an application for the liquidation of the Optimum Coal Mine, one of the liquidators of a former Gupta company has attacked the wide discretion afforded to business rescue practitioners (BRPs).  

SIUThe Star reports that it was revealed by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on Monday that investigations into Covid-19 theft cases were now estimated to involve more than R6 billion.  

strike thumb medium85 85Daily News reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) brought the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) to a standstill on Tuesday in action that threatened the daily Covid-19 infection rate tally.  

sadtu90News24 Wire reports that the national executive committee (NEC) of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) wants the commencement of the final National Senior Certificate examinations to be delayed until 5 November.  

gautengNews24 reports that acting Gauteng Health MEC Jacob Mamabolo has directed the province's health department to compile a full report on all long-outstanding disciplinary cases, immediately commence with hearings, and to fast track those cases already under way.  

hawksNews24 reports that two police sergeants and a civilian have been arrested after they allegedly fraudulently received more than R692,000 meant for employees of National Adhesive.  

Zweli MkhizeNews24 reports that according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, more than 27,000 healthcare professionals have been infected with Covid-19 and 240 have died.  

southafricalogoBL Premium writes that Advocate Lehlohonolo Molefe has been at the helm of the labour registrar’s office for little more than two years, and the green shoots of recovery in employer-employee relations are beginning to show.