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.

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.  

santacoPaul Ash writes that on Sunday the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) flipped the bird at the government, metro police officers and any of its customers who might prefer to not ride in minibus taxis stuffed to the gills, and not just in this time of Covid.  

healthcareThe Star reports that a new report on health care inequality indicates that while the sector relies heavily on women, they are underpaid and forced to work long hours.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Citizen reports that when thousands of children countrywide return to schools next week, pupils from Filadelfia Secondary School in Soshanguve, outside Pretoria, will be staying at home because the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has closed the school after two teachers tested positive for Covid-19.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports on hopes that a waste workers’ strike that has left an stench hanging over Palm Ridge would be resolved at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning.  

SA ExpressFin24 reports that a group of employees of state-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently in provisional liquidation, are pinning their hopes of getting unpaid salaries, as well as fair severance packages, on the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and National Treasury.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sowetan reports that there are 20,140 educators aged above and below 60 who have reported comorbidities.  Director-general in the Department of Basic Education (DBE) Matanzima Mweli revealed this on Tuesday during a briefing to MPs on the state of readiness on reopening of schools for all grades.  

WesgroFin24 reports that a director of Wesgro, the Western Cape tourism, trade and investment promotion agency, has resigned over what she feels is a "tone deaf" reaction of the board to a salary increase for CEO Tim Harris.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Sowetan reports that train services were due to resume on Wednesday in three provinces. All of which are having a substantial increase in Covid-19 infections.  

ancSowetanLive reports that ANC employees are again facing uncertainty about their finances after the party failed to pay their June salaries.  

nehawu80BusinessLive reports that with the Covid-19 infection rate among front-line workers seemingly spiraling out of control, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehaw) will be visiting hot-spot facilities across the country.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that state-owned freight transport and logistics company Transnet is deploying some staff from its Durban operations to Cape Town in a bid to boost capacity in the region.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that the website for the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Covid-19 relief benefit has been taken down again because it continues to show the confidential information of applicants.  

santacoEWN reports that taxi bosses in the Western Cape have not yet reached agreement over whether to support a call to disregard lockdown regulations.  

labourcourtsBusinessLive reports that the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has reserved judgment after hearing arguments on behalf of the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for SA Airways (SAA) and the airline’s unions on whether employees could be retrenched before finalisation of a rescue plan.  

education thumb100 SowetanLive reports an Eastern Cape high school at the centre of a major Covid-19 outbreak is preparing to open its doors to more of its learners despite over 200 learners and employees having tested positive for the virus.  

UIFMoneyweb reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has announced that it would pay workers their relief Covid-19 Ters benefit until the end of June.  Nonetheless, those thereafter who still had outstanding documents would be attended to.  

saa thumb medium95 76Business Report writes that some unions at SA Airways (SAA) have threatened to approach parliament to stop the loss of 3,700 jobs following the collapse of their joint restructuring platform with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE).  

DisChemBusiness Report writes that Dis-Chem chief executive Ivan Saltzman’s total remuneration increased 3.04% to R13.23-million for the year to the end of February, from R12.84m the previous year.  

newsSowetanLive reports that commuters are scared of the possibility of getting infected with the coronavirus after taxis began loading at full capacity and resumed inter-provincial travel on Monday.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Citizen reports that Limpopo’s Provincial Coronavirus Command Council has accused some teachers of submitting fake doctor’s certificates on their vulnerability to Covid-19 because of comorbidities to avoid returning to work on 6 July.  

fikilembalulaBusinessLive reports that the taxi sector deliberately breached lockdown regulations on Monday by resuming interprovincial travel and reverting to 100% loading capacity.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the majority trade unions at SA Airways (SAA) have called the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) dishonest, and have accused it of derailing the airline’s rescue process.  

goldfieldsMining Weekly reports that way ahead of the national lockdown, South Deep gold mine started an intensive and focused communication awareness campaign to shield its people from the coronavirus pandemic.  

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education blackboard thumb medium80 92SowetanLive reports that teachers at Eqinisweni Secondary School outside Tembisa, north of Johannesburg, have downed tools, complaining about structural defects at their school which pose a danger to their lives.  

newsCity Press reports that commuters are in for a rough ride this week as they face not only a hike in taxi fares, but also the possibility of being unable to use the country’s trains.  

education90News24 Wire reports that according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), 523 pupils and 1,169 school staff members have tested positive for Covid-19, impacting on 775 schools across the country.  

rustenburgmunicipalitySowetanLive reports that the Rustenburg local municipality has been hit hard by Covid-19 cases in respect of its leadership.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), which has fought to save SA Airways (SAA), says the rescue process has been derailed by trade unions whose actions have set the airline on the path to liquidation.