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.

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.  

rustenburgmunicipalityANA reports that the Rustenburg municipality advised on Thursday that its traffic department was closed after a municipal worker tested positive for Covid-19.  

Busa2BL Premium reports that as the cabinet considers lifting restrictions on more sectors earlier than originally planned, business has called for a full opening up of the economy, with a few exceptions such as nightclubs and bars.  

implatsheadgear smlMiningmx reports that delays in re-opening borders between SA and neighbouring states has meant that foreign mineworkers will be unable to return to the country this week.  

buffalocitymetroDispatchLive reports that twenty schools in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) have been forced to close in the first week of the government's plan to return pupils to class.  

FNBBusiness Report writes that First National Bank (FNB) warned on Wednesday of a dire economic outlook for 2020 and predicted that gross domestic product (GDP) could contract by 8% due to the impact of Covid-19.  

ShopriteThe Star reports that three more Shoprite stores were forced to close in Soweto after a visit from a regional manager who allegedly tested positive for Covid-19.  

EusaThe Star reports that on Wednesday at the North Gauteng High Court, the 27,000-member Educators Union of SA (Eusa) lost its urgent application against Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to interdict the reopening of schools.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92TimesLIVE reports that Western Cape community safety MEC Albert Fritz on Thursday welcomed the findings of the province’s police ombudsman that “Saps is unable to prevent the vandalism of Metrorail trains”.  

CricketSATimesLIVE reports that the gloves came off on Thursday after suspended Cricket SA (CSA) CEO Thabang Moroe reported for duty and accused the governing body’s president, Chris Nenzani, of contravening the organisation’s disciplinary procedures during the process of his suspension.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that according to the Minerals Council SA (MCSA), which was previously called the Chamber of Mines, an estimated 240,000 miners were back at work on 385 large and small mines across SA.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that according to the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL), the public sector has recorded the highest number of workplaces not complying with the Covid-19 health and safety regulations.  

newsBL Premium reports that as lockdown restrictions ease and companies prepare to swing back into action, too many employees are sitting on a growing pile of unused holiday, and that’s becoming a headache for many businesses.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 10 June 2020.

newsSowetanLive reports that workers in various sectors have been hit by the delays in the payment of the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters), including some in the transport sector.  

foodMoneyweb reports that while restaurants have been allowed to provide delivery services and more recently takeaway food and alcohol under Covid-19 lockdown Alert Level 3, the new normal has not been enough to cover a number of restaurants in the industry.  

UIFBusiness Insider SA reports that last month almost 700,000 applications from companies for special Covid-19 payouts from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) failed because their employees were not registered with the fund.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sowetan reports that two high schools in Durban were forced to close on Tuesday after a teacher at each school tested positive for Covid-19.  

SA ExpressEngineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have jointly “noted” that the High Court has extended the provisional liquidation order for state-owned regional airline SA Express.  

retirementThe Star reports that there is a new trend on the rise, namely that of financially desperate people resigning without new jobs lined up so that they can access the money saved in their pension funds.  

SA ExpressReuters reports that state-owned airline SA Express escaped liquidation on Tuesday, after a judge granted a three-month delay in liquidation proceedings, giving the government more time to clarify its plans for the domestic and regional carrier.  

arcelormittalBusiness Report writes that ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) is standing by the decision to wind down its Saldanha Works, saying it was unavoidable as rocketing input costs threatened the viability of the entire Amsa South African operation.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107The Star reports that traffic in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, was brought to a standstill on Tuesday as traffic officers protested about several labour-related issues at the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD).  

worldbankEngineering News reports that a new World Bank report warns that the South African economy will this year experience its deepest economic contraction in a century, with the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) forecast to slump by 7.1% on the back of “stringent but necessary” Covid-19 containment measures.  

protestDispatchLive reports that one of the Eastern Cape’s most important rural hospitals has become a ghost facility after doctors and nurses walked out on Monday, leaving patients to fend for themselves or rely on managers for treatment.  

healthcareBusinessLive reports that the number of healthcare workers lodging claims with the Department of Labour’s (DEL’s) Compensation Fund (CF) after being infected with Covid-19 at their workplaces is increasing at an alarming rate.  

saafEWN reports that the South African Air Force (SAAF) on Tuesday temporarily closed its headquarters building in Pretoria after two employees tested positive for Covid-19.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 9 June 2020.

newsEngineering News reports that the reopening of the entire construction industry on 1 June under Alert Level 3, instead of the initial suggestion of a staggered approach, caught many companies by surprise.