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.

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.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 19 August 2020.

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.  

eskomBL Premium reports that as load-shedding returns with a vengeance, Eskom is shaking up its power-generation division by shuffling the positions of no less than 12 senior staff members.  

implatsBusinessLive reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) advised on Tuesday that charges against the head of its Rustenburg mining division had been withdrawn.  

santacoBusinessLive reports that the taxi industry is negotiating with government for interprovincial operators to be permitted to carry full passenger loads to help them make up for losses incurred during the Covid-19 lockdown.  

earningsBloomberg reports that almost 80% of South Africans seek expensive unsecured loans to help them meet their monthly financial obligations, a survey by fintech platform PayCurve shows.  

nhlsBL Premium reports that the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has moved to have its staff declared essential workers in a bid to prevent potentially crippling strikes.  

meibcBusinessLive reports that employers in the metals and engineering sector got a reprieve from unions’ demands for higher wages after entering into an agreement to freeze wages until 2021.  

VinproMoneyweb reports that for many President Cyril Ramaphosa’s the easing of stringent Covid-19-induced lockdown regulations has come too late.  

ancBL Premium reports that the ANC’s proposal to revisit regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act should be viewed as an alternative to prescribed assets and not as a backdoor measure to bring in rules that would force pension funds to invest in government stock.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that the labour sector has called for another review of the R200bn loan guarantee scheme to allow more companies to benefit from the Covid-19 pandemic relief initiative and so save jobs.  

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that three suspects have been arrested in Khuma, North West, for illegal mining, illegal possession of gold-bearing material, illegal dealing in gold and money laundering.  

nhlsEngineering News reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is preparing for a strike at the National Health Laboratories Service (NHLS) to resolve a salary dispute dating back to August last year.  

nehawu80BusinessLive reports that members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) will apply for a day’s leave across the country on Friday to protest against the shortage of staff and personal protective equipment (PPE).  

medicaldoctorTimesLIVE reports that Limpopo, which has until now had no deaths related to Covid-19 among its medical workers, has reported the deaths of two doctors.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 17 August 2020.