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.

sapsNews24 reports that the conduct of police and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in the first four days of the national Covid-19 lockdown has come into sharp focus.  

employment thumb100 Moneyweb reports that automotive component manufacturer Metair Investments is confident that a business opportunity it has secured, which will create 3,200 new jobs, will still materialise and has not been destroyed by the coronavirus.  

mtnMoneyweb reports that MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter was paid R58.2 million in the 2019 financial year, a 35.7% increase on his total remuneration for 2018. 

newsTimesLIVE reports that an international call centre based in SA has drawn the ire of union federation Cosatu and the KwaZulu-Natal department of economic development, tourism and environmental affairs for allegedly forcing workers to continue working during the national lockdown and threatening pay cuts for those who refuse.  

edconBL Premium reports that in a bid to save Edcon, trade union federation Cosatu wants the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to pressure landlords to provide the retailer with a rental holiday.  

medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that Business SA (BSA), a new initiative to help the government’s response to Covid-19, has issued an urgent call to companies to release their supplies of masks, gowns and gloves to protect health-care staff tackling the virus.  

roadpassengerbargcouncilBusinessLive reports that bus companies have reached a wage agreement with trade unions, averting a possible strike in the sector that has already been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

ConCourtTimesLIVE reports that the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has dismissed an application by a civil society organisation to have President Cyril Ramaphosa's lockdown declared unconstitutional.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 30 March 2020.

ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107TimesLIVE reports that an Ekurhuleni metro police department (EMPD) officer and a second man have been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting incident during a Covid-19 lockdown enforcement operation in Vosloorus on Sunday.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the National Treasury has provided details of the relief measures to assist businesses deal with the effects of the three week national lockdown and its aftermath.  

SA ExpressEngineering News reports that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) issued a press release on Sunday regarding the business rescue process for state-owned regional airline SA Express.  

sabcThe Star reports that Hannes Du Buisson, president of the Broadcasting Electronic Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu), has accused the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) of endangering the lives of its employees by “concealing” the infection of a worker at its Auckland Park headquarters.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that the Gauteng Department of Health has condemned an attack on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers on Sunday night in Winterveld, Pretoria North.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a 53-year-old Chinese national has been granted R20,000 bail in the Durban Magistrate's Court in connection with charges related to contravening the Disaster Management Act.  

ambulanceCape Argus reports that attacks on ambulance crews in the Western Cape continue unabated with four of the latest assaults happening in one week.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Independent News reports that the behaviour of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members during the country's nationwide lockdown has come under scrutiny, with videos surfacing on social media showing soldiers allegedly abusing their power.  

southafricalogoThe Star reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has revealed that they were receiving resistance from some employers in connection with the payment of workers through the financial assistance the DEL has provided by way of the Covid-19 relief scheme.  

sapsNews24 report that a 29-year-old man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly bit and stabbed a police officer during a crime prevention operation.  

employment thumb100 Business Times reports that, with SA on shutdown to try to slow the spread of Covid-19, companies are freezing posts they previously advertised.  

newsIn a letter to the editor of Business Day, MP and well-known labour analyst Michael Bagraim notes that there has been a lot of confusion over labour issues arising from the Covid-19 lockdown.  

santacoNews24 reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has extended the hours during which public transport services are allowed to operate to accommodate social grant recipients.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 27 March 2020.

ambulanceEWN reports that yet another ambulance crew has been attacked in the Western Cape.  Two paramedics responded to a call in Surrey Estate on Saturday afternoon and they were assaulted, allegedly by the patient's family.  

FSCABusinessLive reports that the Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA) is preparing for a number of distressed employers to default on their contributions to retirement funds due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown.  

healthcareANA reports that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Saturday noted with concern a number of confirmed Covid-19 cases of health workers who worked both in the private and public hospitals.  

handcuffsIndependent News reports that a Durban-based factory has been caught forcing employees to work overtime and sleep at the premises in order to produce masks needed for the Covid-19 crisis.  

UIFThe Star reports that some workers who are forced to stay home because of the nationwide lockdown might also face poverty, as payments from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) might not be processed on time.  

SA ExpressBusinessLive reports that the government is deciding whether or not it should oppose the court application by the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of SA Express to have the ailing state-owned airline liquidated.  

ConCourtNews24 reports that a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has filed papers in the Constitutional Court seeking leave to challenge President Cyril Ramaphosa's order that the country should go into lockdown for 21 days to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).