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.

santacoPretoria News reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) has announced that taxi associations have resolved to hike fares with effect from 1 July.  

employment thumb100 Cape Argus reports that according to a recent survey, South Africans are less concerned about the Covid-19 pandemic and more about unemployment and the state of the economy.  

capetown thumb100 BL Premium reports that Cullinan Holdings CEO Michael Tollman said on Tuesday that the government was sending out the wrong message to the world in saying that international tourism would only open in March 2021.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that two teachers, a principal and a school administration clerk in North West have tested positive for Covid-19.  

edconTimesLIVE reports that Edcon Holdings has served 22,000 of its employees with section 189 (retrenchment) notices.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared since
Monday, 15 June 2020.

VodacomBusiness Report writes that Vodacom increased the pay packages of its chief executive, Shameel Joosub, and chief financial officer, Till Streichert, by 13.5% and 11.5%, respectively, in the year ended March.  

medicaldoctorEWN reports that according to a medical law and ethics expert, clearer guidelines for healthcare workers were needed when it came to the treatment of Covid-19 patients.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that Cricket SA’s former head of sales and sponsor relations Clive Eksteen is taking the governing body to the Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for unfair dismissal just days after his sacking.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that two days before finance minister Tito Mboweni tables his special adjustments budget on 24 June, the state will begin pre-arbitration hearings with Cosatu-affiliated unions relating to the dispute over the government’s failure to pay the last leg of wage increases agreed to in the 2018 multiyear wage agreement.  

healthcareNews24 reports that Eastern Cape healthcare workers are waiting nearly a month for their coronavirus test results from public sector laboratories and they fear that they may be exposing patients and colleagues to the infection.  

Zweli MkhizeNews24 reports that according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, SA would in coming days see a rise in Covid-19 infections, more people would be hospitalised, and many would lose their lives.  

newsNews24 reports that according to a top professor, testing of people previously diagnosed for Covid-19 to ensure they were no longer infectious before returning to work was "nonsense and must stop".  

UIFBusiness Insider SA reports that amid reports of companies stealing Covid-19 payouts meant for workers, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has appointed auditors to “follow the money trail”.  

nehawu80Financial Mail reports that as Covid-19 cases began to spike in the Eastern Cape, the state-run Livingstone Hospital became the site of a trade union-led laundry war.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the business rescue plan for SA Airways (SAA), which was published on Tuesday night, envisages a restructured airline that will begin flying in the near future due to a new bailout from the government.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that more border openings are wanted by the mining industry for returning foreign mineworkers.  As of Thursday last week, not a single foreign mineworker had re-entered SA from neighbouring foreign countries.  

eskomNews24 reports that two security guards were shot dead in Philippi East, Cape Town, on Monday afternoon while escorting Eskom technicians out of the area.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 12 June 2020.

foodSaturday Star reports that the Restaurant Association of SA (Rasa) has labelled the government “irresponsible” for not allowing eateries to fully reopen under level 3 lockdown regulations.  

joburgcityMoneyweb reports that Johannesburg city councillors have proposed awarding themselves a 6.4% pay increase this year, even as multiple surveys show that most South Africans are bleeding as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.  

daSowetanLive reports that the much awaited legal showdown between the Democratic Alliance (DA) and co-operative governance & traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma over the closure of hair and beauty salons got off to a false start on Friday.  

SAFACity Press reports that SA Football Association (Safa) has begun a section 189 process as the embattled organisation plans to implement retrenchments on a major scale, citing operational cost-cutting.  

SolidaritySolidarity reported on Friday that it had received a letter from Netcare indicating that the private hospital group intended to commence with a process at its primary care division, Medicross that will apparently affect the conditions of service of approximately 926 members of staff.  

sapsNews24 reports that as of 13 June, there had been 14 Covid-19 related deaths in the SA Police Service (SAPS), while a total of 1,685 police officers had tested positive for the virus.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that the Department of Health in Gauteng is concerned about the rising number of attacks on the province's Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  

nupsawNews24 reports that the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) has vowed to temporarily shut down Dis-Chem’s retail warehouse in Midrand, Gauteng, following multiple positive Covid-19 cases.  

presidencyBusinessLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a presidential state-owned enterprise (SOE) council that will support the government's repositioning of SOEs as effective instruments for economic development.  

earningsMail & Guardian reports that at a time when hundreds of thousands of people are battling to cope with salary cuts and job losses because of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown measures, town and city councillors are to get a 4% salary increase, backdated until 1 July last year.  

santacoMoneyweb reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) has made a U-turn on its plans to stage a shutdown in Gauteng on 22 June to demonstrate its opposition to the Covid-19 lockdown regulations that are limiting taxi operators’ ability to operate and make ends meet.