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.

southafricalogoEngineering News reports that the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has launched a district model-type unemployed database for youth, professionals and artisans throughout SA.  

UIFBL Premium reports that Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) commissioner Teboho Maruping has been placed on precautionary suspension following a probe by the Auditor-General (AG) into the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters), which is administered by the UIF.  

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that three high school teachers were scheduled to appear in the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after being arrested for allegedly assaulting four pupils between the ages of 17 and 21 at their school in Breyton.  

artisan2Engineering News reports that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Germany’s KfW Development Bank have signed an agreement to establish the first in-service skills development centre for technical vocational education and training (TVET) lecturers at the Ekurhuleni East College.  

handshake thumb medium90 90Engineering News reports that the 19 employer associations affiliated to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and the metals and engineering sector’s five trade unions on Tuesday formally adopted the 2020 to 2021 standstill main agreement concluded in August.  

patricemotsepeEngineering News reports that in the view of Dr Patrice Motsepe, executive chairperson of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), the private sector worldwide is the engine for job creation, in partnership with trade union organisations, government and communities, and SA must link its tax legislation to job creation.  

postoffice thumb100 BL Premium reports that the SA Post Office (Sapo) made a net loss of R925m in the first quarter of the 2020/2021 fiscal year, almost equalling the total from the previous full financial year.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BL Premium reports that parliament was told on Tuesday that the government cannot afford to hire enough substitute teachers to step in for the thousands of educators who have been given permission to stay at home on full pay because they are at risk of coronavirus complications.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 1 September 2020.

cosatuBusinessLive reports that labour federation Cosatu said on Monday that the government, which was tasked with formulating and implementing legislation that provided for sound labour relations, was transgressing the laws it was meant to uphold.  

southafricalogoReuters reports that a presentation by National Treasury officials to parliament on Tuesday revealed that state-owned companies have requested billions of rand in funding from the government to help them weather the impact of the coronavirus crisis.  

Bidvest BankMoneyweb reports that Bidvest Bank has served its staff with a notice of possible retrenchments.  

DenelReuters reports that the National Treasury warned on Tuesday that state-owned arms manufacturer Denel faced the risk of being placed into business rescue or even liquidation.  

ancEWN reports that the ANC’s alliance partners on Monday lashed out at the governing party for failing to take their advice on the tendering process for the Covid-19 relief funds.  

nehawu80The Star reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is going ahead with a planned strike on Wednesday.  The action will see thousands of workers embark on marches throughout the country demanding salary increases and improved protective Covid-19 measures.  

suninternationalBusiness Report writes that Sun International on Monday announced the closure of its Naledi and Carousel hotels, saying that the Covid-19 pandemic had forced it to review its operations to save costs.  

psaCape Argus reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has declared a dispute against the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in an effort to secure a safe and secure working environment for correctional services officials.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 Wire reports that with all grades having now returned to schools, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will use the next two weeks to monitor where there is a need to employ additional teachers.  

durbanNews24 reports that eThekwini Metro mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has condemned Monday’s strike by bus drivers of the Durban Transport bus service which paralysed early morning traffic.  

SolidaritySolidarity reports that the Labour Court on Friday granted an urgent application that the trade union brought against arms manufacturer Denel for contempt of court and issued an interim order with a deadline of 3 December 2020.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that public sector wage negotiations are unlikely to take place before the start of the next financial year as the government has asked the Labour Court (LC) to declare enforcement of the current agreement unlawful on the basis that it breached the constitution.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 31 August 2020.

ancSunday Tribune reports that the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) provincial executive committee (PEC) on Friday announced that it had asked the former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede to step aside from the provincial legislature and eThekwini regional task team activities.  

labourcourtsMail & Guardian reports that two years after a landmark Constitutional Court ruling, workers are still struggling against SA’s supposedly stifled labour-broking regime.  

sasolBusiness Report writes that the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) on Friday slammed Sasol for paying exorbitant separation packages to its joint chief executives and presidents.  

Stats SASABC News reports that Statistics SA has announced a second delay in release of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the second quarter.  This is due to the implementation of a new method of collecting data.  

lindiwesisuluEngineering News reports that the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) has called for more public transparency around board appointments in state-owned enterprises (SOEs).  

DiscoveryBusinessTech reports that, based on messages in a WhatsApp group, Discovery Health has dismissed 10 employees for contravening the company’s social media policy and acting maliciously against the company.  

SteinhoffBloomberg reports that Steinhoff International shareholders on Friday voiced their frustration with the scandal-hit retailer by voting against proposed changes to director pay policies and by rejecting financial statements for last year.  

UIFTimesLIVE reports that the Hawks on Sunday arrested a 62-year-old man for allegedly pocketing R4.7m from the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters).