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.

WesgroCape Argus reports that the fallout over the steep salary increase afforded to Wesgro chief executive, Tim Harris, continues to simmer, with the board vice-chairman now saying that the increase was R300,000 less than initially reported.  

ancThe Citizen reports that the tripartite alliance of the ANC, the SA Communist Party (SACP) and trade union federation Cosatu in Limpopo is divided over the ANC’s decision to reinstate two provincial bigwigs who allegedly looted VBS Mutual Bank.  

Correctional ServicesSowetanLive reports that employees at the Modderbee Prison in Benoni, Ekurhuleni, say they fear going to work after three of their colleagues died in just under two weeks.  At least one of them has been confirmed of having succumbed to Covid-19.  

ICTUBusiness Report writes that the Section 189 (retrenchment) consultation process at the CCMA relating to possible job cuts at Cell C was delayed on Friday due to objections raised by organised labour.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Engineering News reports that a steady flow of work at the Port of Mossel Bay’s ship repair facility is helping to create much-needed jobs in the region.  

saa thumb medium95 76ANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) intend to take legal action to prevent the liquidation of South African Airways (SAA).  

hawksANA reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has welcomed the arrest this past weekend of suspects accused of being part of "the enterprise that scammed R5.7 million" meant to provide relief for workers during the Covid-19 lockdown.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that all of Gauteng's public emergency services now fall entirely under provincial management in a move to ensure efficiency and improve emergency response times.  

education90News24 reports that more than 2,500 teachers and over 1,200 pupils have contracted Covid-19 since schools reopened, but this represents a small percentage of people in the schooling system according to Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga.  

JMPDTimesLIVE reports that a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer has died after his vehicle collided with a Toyota Hilux bakkie on the N12 near Protea Glen before 3am on Sunday.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 3 July 2020.

Correctional ServicesSunday Tribune reports that seven new cases of Covid-19 were recorded at Durban’s Westville Prison on Friday, three of which were inmates.  Westville is one of the largest prisons in SA.  

sabcCity Press reports that the ANC last week allegedly warned the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that its decision to lay off employees would embarrass the governing party and could cost it votes during local elections next year.  

UIFMail & Guardian reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has painted a bleak picture of the financial threat posed by growing joblessness to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).  

nxesiEWN reports that Department of Labour and Employment (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi wants every Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Covid-19 relief transaction audited.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that the payment of benefits from the UIF Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters), which has already suffered from a spate of technical glitches, could have added delays due to the closure of two labour centres in Gauteng.  

implatsheadgear smlBL Premium reports that mineworkers suffering from silicosis and awaiting their share of R5bn in compensation from gold companies may now have to wait longer as the dispersal of funds faces delays because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

sandf thumb medium90 89AFP reports that dozens of military medics were deployed on Sunday to help combat the coronavirus pandemic in the Eastern Cape where there has been a surge in infections.  

angiemotshekgaBusinessLive reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has revised its plans for the return of some learners to school, as government battles to restart the education sector amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 2 July 2020.

education90SowetanLive reports that teachers' unions say the next phase of the reopening of schools for more than six million pupils is a ticking time bomb because the Department of Basic Education (DBE) failed to meet safety requirements for what had been fewer pupils when the grade 7s and grade 12s restarted school on 8 June.  

Arnot OpCoMining Weekly reports that coal mining company Arnot OpCo has completed a Section 189 (retrenchment) process, affecting 1,100 of its employees.  

newsThe Star reports that it’s all systems go for the rest of the school grades to reopen next week after a full Bench of the North Gauteng High Court turned down an application by Mmusi Maimane and his One SA movement for schools to remain closed.  

gavel thumb100 The Star reports that the R191-million fraud case against former top cop Khomotso Phahlane and a string of other senior officers has seen the State reveal its hand as the matter finally heads to trial.  

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that another trade union represented at SA Airways (SAA) has come out against the recent business rescue plan, arguing that, if implemented, the airline would once again be destined for liquidation or business rescue.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that as rumours swirl about SA reverting to alert Level 5 of the coronavirus lockdown, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize stated on Wednesday that no decision had been taken.  

limpopo thumb100 The Citizen reports that Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha confirmed on Wednesday that one of his executive committee members (MECs) has tested positive for Covid-19.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Sowetan reports that vandalism and inadequate security remained a threat to commuter train services provided by Metrorail, which resumed operations in three provinces on Wednesday.  

nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that nurses at KwaZulu-Natal's (KZN’s) biggest hospital, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, downed tools on Thursday morning demanding to be tested after scores of hospital workers allegedly tested positive for Covid-19.  

barlowworldlogisticsMoneyweb reports that more than 2,500 people in the automotive and logistics divisions of distribution group Barloworld are to be retrenched because of the impact of Covid-19.