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.

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the government has failed to honour a wage agreement to increase the salaries of public sector workers, despite public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu saying in March that it was committed to doing so.  

numEWN reports that according to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), it was not consulted by Impala Platinum (Implats) of the company’s plans to resume operations this week.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has criticised disciplinary action launched against eight emergency medical services (EMS) employees who refused to transport a Covid-19 patient.  

MboweniBL Premium reports that both business and labour have endorsed the idea that government should temporarily top up welfare grants as a response to the Covid-19 economic crisis.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the government has told the South African Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) that it is unable to provide the airline with further funding.  It also refused a request to raise funding for the airline in foreign capital markets.  

HSRCEngineering News reports that the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), together with the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN's) School of Medicine, is conducting a survey into how Covid-19 is impacting health-care workers.  

hawksTimesLIVE reports that the Hawks on Tuesday arrested a 22-year-old Pretoria man alleged to be behind a scam that saw fake essential services permits being sold to informal traders.  

implatsTimesLIVE reports that the request by Impala Platinum (Implats) for some employees to return to work on Tuesday was disrupted by police roadblocks preventing workers reaching the mine.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 14 April 2020.

sapsEWN reports that the Hermanus Police Station has become the second station in the Western Cape to close its doors in as many days due to the coronavirus.  

protestSowetanLive reports that lack of water and sanitisers in Hhoyi village in Mpumalanga resulted in angry residents setting their dogs on health officials who had come to screen and test them for Covid-19 at the weekend.  

NaamsaBusinessLive reports that more than a quarter of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the SA motor industry could close if the national coronavirus lockdown is extended beyond the end of April at a cost up to 24,000 industry jobs.  

samalogo thumb medium85 87BusinessLive reports that SA’s biggest medical scheme administrators, Discovery Health and Medscheme, have softened their stance on virtual consultations with psychologists.  

newsBusinessLive reports that organised business has proposed that a basic income grant be paid to the poorest in SA during the Covid-19 crisis.  The proposal has been submitted to Nedlac for negotiation with the government and labour, Business 4 SA (B4SA) indicated on Tuesday.  

sandu1EWN reports that the SA National Defence Union (Sandu) on Monday called for an inquiry into allegations of brutality by members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).  

SadsawuEWN reports that domestic workers are pleading for financial help during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic because the national lockdown has had a devastating impact on their earnings.  

JMPDThe Star reports that after years of dispute over the appointment of the chief of the Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) David Tembe, he has finally left his post through a mutually agreed separation agreement.  

popcruEWN reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Poprcu) on Monday said it was against any form of brutality against members of the public.  

labourcourtsThe Citizen reports that on Monday the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) was “still studying” a scathing Labour Court judgment in which the judge slammed the union for dragging the health department to court for a case that was “misconceived in fact and law”.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that a Gauteng Emergency Medical Service (EMS) ambulance was vandalised in Alexandra in Johannesburg on Sunday.  

ramaphosa2ANA reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday welcomed the decision of the members of the Forum of SA’s Directors-General (FOSAD) to contribute to the government’s Covid-19 Solidarity Fund.  

MediClinicThe Star reports that Mediclinic Morningside staff in Sandton are demanding transparency from their employers after about 12 employees, including seven health-care workers, tested positive for the deadly Covid-19.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Thursday, 9 April 2020.

implatsFin24 reports that some workers at Impala Platinum (Implats) have been called to return to work on Tuesday as the mining house seeks leave to restart some of its operations from Friday.  

earningsCarol Paton writes that now is not a good time for the government to pick a fight with public servants.  

SARSMoneyweb writes that many South Africans had to set up a home office when the country went into lockdown and now want to find out about the tax implications in respect of expenses they have been incurring.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilBusinessLive reports that bus companies in the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac) have called on the Minister of Employment & Labour, Thulas Nxesi, to extend to non-parties an agreement for payment of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits to workers in the sector affected by the coronavirus.  

newsBusiness Times reports that companies representing thousands of employees have asked retirement fund administrators to allow them to reduce contributions to employee retirement funds.  

Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that Sibanye-Stillwater was the first of SA’s mining companies to follow in the steps of President Cyril Ramaphosa by donating a third of its executive team’s salaries to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund.  

nersaBusinessLive reports that National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) CEO Chris Forlee has been suspended pending an investigation.