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.

netcareBL Premium reports that private hospital group Netcare is sending additional staff to its Eastern Cape facilities and is considering suspending elective surgery as the region grapples with a surge in Covid-19 cases.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 23 November 2020.

ComairFin24 reports that an application by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) against Comair, Solidarity and other parties was dismissed by the Labour Court on Monday.  Comair, which operates as well as British Airways domestically, is currently in business rescue.  

santacoPretoria News reports that the taxi industry has bemoaned the conditions set out by the Department of Transport for its members to qualify for the Covid-19 relief funds.  

africacheckTimesLIVE reports that fact-checking group Africa Check has responded to Action SA leader Herman Mashaba’s statement that SA has 15 million “undocumented foreigners” by indicating that there is no evidence to support the claim.  

southafricalogoLowvelder reports that the 28 policemen who were responsible for the safety and security of Deputy President David Mabuza cost taxpayers R8.4 million over a six-month period.  

newsReuters reports that rescuers were still searching for the last of 10 miners trapped at the Gamsberg zinc mine on Saturday and mining activity remained suspended until further notice, owner Vedanta Zinc International advised.  

pfaRising Sun Overport reports that a pension fund has been slated by the Deputy Pension Funds Adjudicator, Advocate Matome Thulare, for not including a deceased member’s romantic partner and child in the distribution of the deceased’s death benefit.  

southafricalogoBloomberg reports that Fitch Ratings said on Monday that SA might struggle to stick to a plan to rein in government spending by freezing public-sector wages.  

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that the Hawks on Friday arrested two men for their alleged involvement in a cash-in-transit robbery in Soshanguve, Pretoria, in October last year.  They will join four others who were previously arrested for the robbery.  

hawksNews24 reports that two people have been arrested in Marble Hall for allegedly impersonating Hawks officers and attempting to solicit a R50,000 bribe.  

eskomNews24 reports that a security officer who was contracted to Eskom was shot dead last week while patrolling in Soweto.  "An Eskom-contracted security officer sustained gunshot injuries on Thursday evening while on patrol along the Chris Hani Road in Soweto," the power utility indicated in a statement.  

protestTimesLIVE writes that government's inability to resolve the deep-rooted issue of the hiring of foreign national truck drivers has again resulted in protest action.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 20 November 2020.

ifpEWN reports that with employees of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) demanding an end to planned retrenchments, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Saturday said that it had written to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise requesting her to consider allowing an urgent debate to discuss the crisis.  

ComairMoneyweb reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has accused Comair of colluding with another union, Solidarity, to circumvent the airline’s ongoing retrenchment process.  

earningsSaturday Citizen reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) managers and supervisors far outnumber “general” workers and that is one of the reasons that the average salary at the public broadcaster is almost R800,000 a year.  

miners2Mining Weekly reports that legal firm Webber Wentzel’s annual Mining Roundup seminar heard on Thursday that the mining industry in SA responded well to the new directives to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to ensure employee health.  

sasolBL Premium reports that at the Sasol annual general meeting on Friday, 28% of shareholders voted against the petrochemical group’s remuneration policy.  

sabcNews24 reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is set to meet with representatives of the SA Broadcasting Corporation on (SABC) on Monday, the union advised in a statement on Sunday.  

UIFBL Premium reports that the ANC has outlined what it believes should form the basis of a social pact, which would include using the surpluses of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to support Eskom and other developmental causes.  

newsBusiness Times reports that fraudulent insurance policies are a source of misery for many civil servants in SA and have been for years.  

sabcBL Premium reports that the board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is set to make a final decision next week on its retrenchment plans.  

cwu thumb medium90 95Independent News reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has given the board and management of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) until Thursday evening to abandon its current plans to retrench hundreds of employees or face a blackout on Friday.  

newsGroundUp reports that general secretary of the Independent Commercial Hospitality and Allied Workers’ Union (Ichawu), Dale Fish, has been banned from all I&J workplace sites after a strike by employees of I&J Aquaculture Danger Point in Gansbaai.  

kznlogo thumb100 GroundUp reports eight shop stewards at Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg have been suspended following a protest last week by National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members who vandalised offices and forcefully removed hospital CEO, Edward Manyokole, from the building.  

DenelBloomberg reports SA’s insolvent national arms company Denel is seeking to lay-off about 13% of its workers in a bid to survive after the government spurned its plea for a bailout.  The manufacturer has told 379 workers in its artillery, ammunition and armoured-car divisions that they could lose their jobs, according to Helgard Cronje of trade union Solidarity.  

sabcBL Premium reports that according to SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chair Bongumusa Makhathini, job cuts were unavoidable if the public broadcaster was to avert a collapse similar to national carrier SAA or state-owned arms maker Denel.  

CCMABL Premium reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has taken steps to cut costs by suspending the services of 40% of commissioners and closing its doors to walk-ins from the public.  

Zweli MkhizeTimesLIVE reports that dozens of health care workers braved the rain to protest outside Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, demanding to meet Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.