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.

santacoSowetanLive reports that tough times lie ahead for commuters in Johannesburg after 76 taxi associations said they were too were planning to hike their prices in an effort to recover losses incurred during the national Covid-19 lockdown.  

SolidarityTrade union Solidarity announced on Tuesday that it was in talks with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) about impending retrenchments that could pose a direct threat to SA’s food security.  

saa thumb medium95 76Engineering News reports that the majority of SA Airways’ (SAA’s) creditors voted on Monday to postpone the publication of the business rescue plan for the state-owned airline until 15 June.  

MineralsCouncilSAMiningmx reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) on Tuesday stated that mining was not an epicentre of Covid-19 infections.  

durbanTimesLIVE reports that two Durban metro police officers, who were travelling to work in the same car, were gunned down near Hammarsdale on Tuesday morning.  

gavel thumb100 The Star reports that in a precedent-setting judgment, a Johannesburg-based restaurant company that claimed it had no obligation to pay employees’ salaries due to the Covid-19 lockdown, has been placed under business rescue.  

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, trade union Solidarity’s General Secretary, notes the good news that around eight million employees can return to work under Level 3, but says it also means that more employees will now have to face retrenchment processes.  

newsBL Premium reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has issued new regulations on Covid-19 that scrap the requirement that employees who have been diagnosed with the disease can only return to work after testing negative for the virus.  

santacoBusinessLive reports that the controversial decision by Gauteng minibus taxi associations to increase fares by more than 170% is to be reviewed, according to the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco).  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 8 June 2020.

labourcourtsBL Premium reports that the Labour Court will have to answer the question of whether state employees have the contractual right to have their wage agreements honoured by the government when several public sector trade unions bring their legal challenge to the government’s refusal to pay wage increases in line with the final year in a multi-term wage agreement.  

gavel thumb100 The Star reports that a staggering R140 million in an alleged elaborate fraud and corruption case has snagged two senior police officers.  

cosatuThe Citizen reports that Cosatu has asked for an additional R1 trillion stimulus package for SA to address job losses, avoid economic depression and fight Covid-19.  

newsEWN reports that Alexandra commuters on Monday were outraged after two Johannesburg taxi associations announced price hikes due to take effect from next week.  

metairEngineering News reports that Metair has secured multiple contracts from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) as the local arm of the US vehicle maker prepares to launch new vehicles for the local and export markets.  

daIndependent News reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed court papers at the Western Cape High Court seeking to have the lockdown regulations prohibiting personal care services from operating to be declared unconstitutional and invalid.  

fikilembalulaSowetanLive reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has threatened to refer a decision by some Gauteng taxi operators to hike fares by over 100% to the Competition Commission.  

education90TimesLIVE reports that shared anxiety and determination united pupils and teachers at Gauteng schools on Monday, the first day of class during the lockdown for grades 7 and 12 pupils.  

saa thumb medium95 76News24 reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for SA Airways (SAA) have received a request from three unions for more time to submit feedback on a draft rescue plan issued to affected parties a week ago.  

psaTimesLIVE reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA), which represents teachers and administrative staff members at schools, is concerned about pupils at poor and rural schools falling behind as better equipped facilities reopen on Monday.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 5 June 2020.

newsMail & Guardian reports that French cosmetics company Oréal has been accused of exposing its Midrand factory workers to Covid-19.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Saturday Star reports that teachers and school staff with co-morbidities have won a major concession after the Education Labour Relations Council granted them permission to work from home ahead of the reopening of schools on Monday.  

implatsheadgear smlMiningmx reports that SA’s mining sector had given itself about three months to return all foreign national employees to the country, beginning with a first batch of 9,500 – currently waiting on local government officials to sign their permits.  

NADABL Premium reports that a quarter of SA’s motor dealership employees may lose their jobs this year because of the impact of Covid-19.  A major franchised dealer group confirmed at the weekend it was preparing retrenchment letters for 23% of its staff, including dealership heads.  

SA ExpressEngineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have jointly expressed support for the workers of financially embattled state-owned regional airline SA Express.  

education90BusinessLive reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Sunday that about 95% of schools throughout the country were ready to receive grade 7 and 12 pupils from Monday.  

capetown thumb100 The Citizen reports that according to new research, two-thirds of jobs in the tourism business sector could be shed by this time next year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has interdicted the retrenchment process at Village Main Reef (VMR) to ensure its members are fairly compensated amid the company’s restructuring plans.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for Comair intend to halve the airline’s fleet of aircraft and reduce staff as part of efforts to save the company.