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.

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Department of Employment & Labour (DEL), which administers the Covid-19 relief funds, has had to shut several offices after employees tested positive for the virus.  

publicprotectorBL Premium reports that the Office of the Public Protector has developed a new organisational structure which will result in a reduction of 125 posts and save R48m.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 19 June 2020.

foodThe Citizen reports that the Covid-19 lockdown has severely crippled the restaurant business and despite partial reopening of the industry, the daily closures of restaurants have left 80% of workers unemployed.  

sapsThe Citizen reported on Saturday that police were searching for three gunmen after two people were murdered and six others wounded in an open veld in Florida, west of Johannesburg, on Thursday.  

saa thumb medium95 76Business Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) on Friday said they were planning to interdict Thursday’s scheduled meeting of creditors to adopt the SA Airway (SAA) business rescue plan.  

Restaurant AssociationMaroela Media reports that while the personal care services sector is celebrating that it can resume work after some three months, restaurants that offer sit-down meals are still waiting for the publication of Covid-19 safety regulations.  

newsCity Press reports that from Tshwane to the Vaal and from Ekurhuleni to the West Rand, taxi commuters across Gauteng will have to find alternative transport on Monday as operators plan a province-wide shutdown.  

uasaEngineering News reports that Uasa is launching an urgent application in the Labour Court against Denel over the non-payment of workers’ salaries by the state-owned enterprise (SOE).  

cell cBusinessLive reports that Cell C has confirmed that it has begun the preliminary process of cutting jobs in a bid to streamline its operations, with 40% of posts reportedly on the line.  

employment thumb100 Cape Argus reports that a national survey among young people has found that the majority of youth are worried about the unemployment crisis.  

cwu thumb medium90 95BusinessLive reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is challenging the planned retrenchment of 600 employees at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

arcelormittalBusinessLive reports that ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) said on Thursday that jobs at the steelmaker were on the line due to the effects of Covid-19 on the economy.  

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) says calls by the National Treasury to urge municipalities to apply for exemption from a multiyear wage agreement will weaken unions’ bargaining position and set a bad precedent.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 18 June 2020.

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BL Premium reports that Advocate Dali Mpofu, representing Mmusi Maimane and the One SA Movement in the first major legal challenge to the reopening of schools, has accused the state of sending children into a “raging fire” by asking them to return to classrooms as Covid-19 infections soar.  

SA ExpressBusiness Report writes that the liquidators of SA Express have warned that they might not be able to save the regional airline and the practical option would be to sell it.  

daThe Citizen reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) will continue to pursue its court case on the now-lifted personal care services lockdown ban until the applicable regulations are published.  

GeorgeThe Citizen reports that refuse collection and sewage-related services in George in the Western Cape have been badly affected as essential municipal workers continue to strike over Covid-19 related compensation.  

healthcareThe Star reports that medical facilities around the country have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic with over 2,000 healthcare workers reported to have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.  

sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has issued a notice of possible redundancies that could affect some 600 employees.  

newsNews24 reports that another elderly nun has died after contracting Covid-19 at the Congregation of the Precious Blood Sisters convent in Mthatha, bringing the death toll to five in a space of nine days.  

AmazonTimesLIVE reports that international online retailer Amazon on Thursday announced the creation of 3,000 new virtual jobs in SA, with applicants only needing a matric along with the electronic support to work virtually.  

education90BL Premium writes that the government’s approach of granting above-inflation wage increases to teachers without providing the budgets to pay for them is harming the education system by causing widespread hiring freezes and increasing class sizes, with the poorest schools and provinces the worst affected.  

EastplatsBusinessLive reports that Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) has temporarily halted tailings retreatment at its Crocodile River Mine in the North West as a result of a confirmed case of Covid-19.  

sasolBusinessLive reports that chemicals group Sasol announced on Thursday that it would be consulting its workforce on possible retrenchments after deciding on an organisational shake-up that will result in two core businesses.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that on Wednesday President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the further easing of level 3 lockdown restrictions, allowing over 500,000 more people to return to work in sectors that include hotels, personal care services, restaurants and cinemas.  

labourcourtsBL Premium reports that in a groundbreaking ruling, the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has found that until the Labour Registrar first complies with relevant legislation, unions don’t need to hold a secret ballot before downing tools.  

psaPretoria News reports that calls for Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to reconsider the reopening of schools are growing louder after the closure of more schools due to Covid-19 infections.  

newsIndependent News reports that Youth Day on Tuesday saw the 44th commemoration of the Soweto uprisings by students opposed to the apartheid government.  Political parties called on the government to reflect on the escalating joblessness of young people in the country and effective ways to mitigate that.