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.

medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that the protection of SA’s front-line doctors, nurses and community healthcare workers received a boost last week with the arrival of a major order of medical protective gear.  

numBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has rejected Village Main Reef’s (VMR) restructuring plan in which 6,309 mineworkers could likely be retrenched.  

newsCity Press reports that SA’s 48,000 franchise businesses are anxiously waiting to hear who will be able to do business again when the total lockdown ends at midnight on Thursday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sunday Times reports that sports, music and dance coaches employed by governing bodies at some former model C schools will not be paid this month as parents increasingly stop paying fees.  

sassaEWN reports that last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new coronavirus unemployment grant of R350 a month for the next six months until October.  

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that trade union Solidarity and lobby group AfriForum are forging ahead with a legal challenge against tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane’s decision to provide support to distressed firms and establishments in the tourism sector based on broad-based BEE codes, among other considerations.  

MUTSunday Tribune reports that a senior director at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has taken the institution to the Durban Labour Court over his precautionary suspension.  

kznlogo thumb100 Sunday Tribune writes that Addington Hospital in Durban is sitting on a time bomb as management comes under fire for allegedly hiding information on the infection rate after more nurses and a doctor apparently tested positive for Covid-19.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that government said on Saturday that SA Airways’ (SAA’s) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have agreed not to consider liquidating the ailing state-owned airline and also to suspend consultations about a structured wind down proposal that would include culling the entire workforce.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu wants workers and unions to have a say on whether a business can reopen when the hard Covid-19 lockdown ends on 30 April, following a risk assessment and a signed agreement by stakeholders.  

UIFBusiness Insider SA reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund has so far paid out more than R1.6 billion in special coronavirus benefits – known as the Covid-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (Ters) – to 37,000 companies.  

newsBL Premium reports that three quarters of businesses in SA are considering cost-saving initiatives such as redundancies and pay freezes as they navigate the economic crisis brought by the Covid-19 outbreak.  

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nxesiThe Star reports that Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has warned about massive retrenchments and scores of companies likely to go under after the Covid-19 pandemic.  

healthcareSowetanLive reports that the numbers of healthcare workers who have tested positive for Covid-19 are on the rise, with Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital being the latest facility to report employees who have contracted the virus.  

vavi1Sowetan reports that SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says he will be testing for Covid-19 for a third time after his second test result came back positive.  

sandf thumb medium90 89SowetanLive reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed an additional 73,180 defence force members on Tuesday to support government departments and to control borders to combat the spread of the coronavirus in all nine provinces until the end of June.  

newsSowetanLive reports that around seven million unemployed South Africans qualify for the Covid-19 distress grant, which has been hailed by economists and labour analysts as an important intervention by government.  

SA ExpressFin24 reports that SA Express will not be able to pay salaries for April unless it obtains financial support from the Covid-19 Unemployment Insurance Fund or the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) overseen by the CCMA.  

sasolFin24 reports that Sasol has announced a range of salary cuts across its management levels as the company navigates the impact of Covid-19.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that SAA Technical has informed workers that the travel bans and the nationwide lockdown have left the aircraft maintenance entity’s finances in dire straits, with just enough to pay only 50% of some employee net salaries and full medical and pension contributions.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the Democratic Nursing Union of SA (Denosa) claimed on Thursday that five health workers at Durban's Addington Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19.  

southafricalogoFinancial Mail reports that public sector trade unions are preparing for "the mother of all fights" after the government last week reneged on the final leg of its 2018 wage agreement.  

foodFinancial Mail reports that Wendy Alberts, head of the Restaurant Association of SA (RASA), says hundreds of thousands of restaurant workers are starving as they haven’t earned any money during the national lockdown in which restaurants are not allowed to be open.  

amcu thumb medium80 81TimesLIVE reports that a legal challenge by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to force the government to regulate the health and safety of employees returning to mines will be heard urgently by the Labour Court on 29 April.  

newsBusinessLive reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) inspectors have uncovered a high level of noncompliance by employers with the health and safety regulations related to Covid-19.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 22 April 2020.

denosa thumb medium60 92EWN reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has warned that the new regulations giving government powers to redeploy health workers would leave many state health facilities in distress.  

newsBusinessLive reports that KAP Industrial, which has automotive, chemicals and logistics businesses, has cut the salaries of some of its employees by 20% for three months to shore up finances during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Bheki CeleTimesLIVE reports that at least 131 police officers, security members and government officials — specifically councillors — have been arrested for Covid-19-related lockdown crimes over the past month.