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.

numThe Citizen reports that mining houses and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are at loggerheads over concerns expressed by the union about some mining companies continuing their operations, despite the declaration of a 21-day lockdown as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus.  

sadtu90The Citizen reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) is adamant that a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) schoolteacher who succumbed to Covid-19 was infected with the disease at a local hospital.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80News24 reports that with paramedics having again come under attack, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has held high-level talks with the police.  

southafricalogoFin24 reports that an increase in the wages of public servants, which was originally due to kick in on 1 April in terms of a wage agreement reached in 2018, is still on ice.  

vavi1News24 reports that SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has tested positive for Covid-19.  He told eNCA during an interview on Thursday that he had no idea how he was exposed to the novel coronavirus.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The Mercury reports that health-care workers at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic in public hospitals are concerned about their health and safety, as they are expected to work without masks and protective gear.  

sabcHeraldLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has evacuated several parts of its TV centre building in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.  

newsTimesLIVE reports that the City of Ekurhuleni closed the Duduza Clinic indefinitely on Wednesday after a nurse tested positive for the coronavirus.  

ramaphosa2Natasha Marrian writes that no-one can predict what our country will look like on the other side of the present health and economic crises.  

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107The Citizen reports that 150 waste removal workers employed by a waste removal contractor appointed by the City of Ekurhuleni this week defied lockdown regulations by staging a protest in Palm Ridge over unpaid wages.  

nxesiBL Premium writes that confusion abounds on the rights and obligations of employees and employers during the economic shutdown and at a televised briefing on Tuesday labour minister Thulas Nxesi did a good job of adding to the confusion.  

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020.

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has cancelled fraudulent certificates allowing companies to trade as essential services during the 21-day national lockdown.  

gautengNews24 reports that community health workers could soon be on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus without the masks and other protective gear they need to stay healthy, says the secretary of the Gauteng Community Health Care Forum Tshepo Matoko.  

daThe Citizen reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire the minister for public service and administration, Senzo Mchunu, if he fails to cut the public wage bill by at least R37.8 billion in the 2020/21 financial year.  

edconMoneyweb writes that the prospect of more than 100,000 people losing their jobs was grimly tagged by a conference call between Edcon CEO Grant Pattison and suppliers just hours before SA entered its coronavirus lockdown.  

santacoSowetanLive reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has amended regulations governing public transport during the lockdown to extend taxi operating hours and allow them to carry up to 100% of their passenger capacity — provided passengers wear masks.  

nxesiBusinessLive reports that the government is putting measures in place for payment of unemployment insurance benefits to workers affected by Covid-19 through their companies and bargaining councils.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Sanlam, Africa’s biggest life insurer, has appointed a former executive from its rival Old Mutual as its new CEO, replacing the retiring Ian Kirk.  

healthcarePretoria News reports that health fieldworkers looking after the frail and elderly residents of Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, have pleaded with the government to supply them with protective gear to help keep them safe while working in the community.  

nehawu80Independent News reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has slammed the government for blaming the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s economic woes for its plans not to increase the salaries of its 1.3 million employees from Wednesday.  

SA ExpressBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) are at loggerheads with the government over the application by business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to liquidate SA Express. 

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) and labour are set to resume consultations on retrenchments on Wednesday.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that Stats SA data revealed on Tuesday that annual growth in formal sector jobs rose marginally in the final quarter of 2019, driven by growth in community services, trade and business services.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

southafricalogoThe Star reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has published in the government gazette a determination of salaries and allowances for certain categories of public servants and some members of the judiciary.  

earningsBusinessLive reports that labour services group Workforce Holding said on Tuesday that the recent increase in the national minimum wage (NMW) was having an effect on some of its clients.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu’s public sector unions have declared a wage dispute with the government over salary increases due in April, thereby leading the way to possible court action.  

Netcare911BusinessLive reports that private hospital group Netcare says the three-week lockdown initiated by President Cyril Ramaphosa might not be long enough to achieve the government’s aim of slowing the spread of Covid-19 to prevent the health system from being overwhelmed.  

sabmillerBL Premium reports that Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) has won its urgent application relating to the payout by SABMiller of BEE benefits to its former employees.