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.

CCMAMail & Guardian reports that on Wednesday this week, the CCMA will consider both sides of a debate on whether or not the carrying sticks and other objects during a strike constitutes an act of intimidation.  

WHOMoneyweb reports that former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), have weighed in on the controversy around Covid-19 corruption in SA, particularly cases involving person protective equipment (PPE) intended for health workers.  

VinproEngineering News reports that after an extremely challenging few months since the start of the national Covid-19 lockdown in March, nonprofit organisation Vinpro entered last week with a renewed hope that the SA wine industry would start rebuilding.  

gautrainEngineering News reports that according to Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) COO Tshepo Kgobe, weekday Gautrain rail ridership has fallen to 7,478 passenger trips a day, amounting to about 14% of pre-Covid-19 levels.  

tshwane thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that three officers from the Tshwane metro police department (TMPD) were killed during a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver in the early hours of Sunday.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA), which was previously called the Chamber of Mines, on 21 August launched the first National Day of Women in Mining, highlighting its focus on the implementation of initiatives designed to achieve stretch targets for the representation and advancement of women in the SA mining industry.  

pfaBusinessLive reports that if members have complaints about their retirement funds, they must give the funds an opportunity to resolve their problems before they complain to the Pension Funds Adjudicator (PFA), the adjudicator’s office has indicated.  

cell cReuters reports that mobile operator Cell C said on Friday that it expected to close about 128 stores across the country, with 546 jobs on the line, in an effort to cut costs and restructure its operations.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the government is aiming to relaunch SA Airways (SAA) in January and is working on partnering with private sector investors.  

nehawu80BusinessLive reports that workers in the public health-care sector will continue picketing on Monday at National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) premises across the country over management’s decision to freeze salaries and to draw attention to the risks its members face from Covid-19.  

EusaSowetan reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has secured a legal interdict against the Educators Union of SA (EUSA) for making defamatory and injurious statements against it.  

nehawu80BusinessLive reports that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is considering a union proposal to incentivise health-care workers at the front line of the fight against Covid-19.  

protestEWN reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) on Thursday said that its protest action, which will begin on Friday, was about protecting its members from the Covid-19 pandemic.  

implatsEWN reports that labour federation Cosatu on Thursday described the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) reasons for dropping a case against Mark Munroe, CEO of Impala Platinum mines in Rustenburg, as absurd and irrational.  

nehawu80Diamond Fields Advertiser reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has vowed to bring the healthcare system and the country to halt during its struggle to protect frontline workers from contracting Covid-19.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the latest annual report by the body tasked with advising the Employment and Labour Minister on equity targets has found that legislation needs to be enacted to slow the “apparent pervasive and persistent preference” for whites and Indians in senior and top positions in the private sector.  

newsMoneyweb reports that Bridgestone has proposed the closure of its 84-year-old manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth and on Thursday issued Section 189 retrenchment notices to around 250 employees at the facility.  

MangoBL Premium reports that the CEO of SAA’s low-cost airline Mango resigned on Wednesday, delivering another blow to SA’s state-owned airline sector.  

nedlacMining Weekly reports that the first formal meeting of the small multi-stakeholder working group set up to finalise SA’s Covid-19 economic recovery plan is expected to take place next week.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), the custodian of SA’s state-owned companies (SOEs), wants to increase the power of the minister over parastatal boards by giving him the authority to dissolve them and step in when things go wrong.  

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daIn a letter to Business Day, Michael Bagraim, DA shadow employment and labour minister, thanks Solidarity’s Gideon Du Plessis for pointing out some of the pros and cons of working remotely and goes on to opine that it is about time SA looks at atypical employment.  

gideonduplessisIn an opinion piece, Gideon du Plessis, general secretary of Solidary, writes that the Covid-19 pandemic has modernised thinking about the workplace because the notion that “work” is something one does and not a place one goes is a major mind shift that is setting in.  

earningsWarren Thompson writes that 2020 is proving to be a litmus test for a number of governance issues at SA corporates, but it will be to see how executive pay at companies most exposed to the general state of the economy adapts to profitability post Covid-19.  

newsCape Argus reports that the Red Dot Taxi Service, an initiative between the Transport and Public Works Department and the taxi industry, has provided more than 47,000 trips for healthcare workers, driving over 730,00km and servicing 25 health facilities across the Western Cape.  

ambulanceCape Argus reports that the Western Cape department of health has condemned an attack on two paramedics who were responding to a call in Gugulethu this past weekend.  

SAPA logoEngineering News reports that the SA Payroll Association (Sapa) is conducting a survey to obtain insights into SA’s payroll deductions landscape.  

goldbarsMining Weekly reports that gold producers AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold and Sibanye-Stillwater are commemorating Women’s Month in recognition of the important role women play in the mining industry and SA society, and are calling for an end to gender-based violence and discrimination.  

Zweli MkhizeThe Star reports that about 240 healthcare workers from both state hospitals and private facilities have perished from the coronavirus disease as they battled in the front line to save thousands of patients.  

marikanacommission thumb100 SowetanLive reports that Elizabeth Maubane’s brother, a police officer, was one of 10 people killed in the days leading up to the Marikana massacre, but she feels he has been completely overlooked.