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.

newsEconomists Mike Schüssler and Phumlani Majozi write that nearly 1.4 million formal and informal jobs in the SA economy are at risk, with the current Covid-19 lockdown alert Level 3 restrictions having a direct impact across at least seven sectors.  

nursing thumb medium90 93GroundUp reports that many health professionals are battling to cope emotionally with the surge in Covid-19 cases.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that SA Airways (SAA) asserts that the regulatory agreement it has with the SAA Pilots' Association (Saapa) prevents it from achieving "meaningful and expeditious transformation" in compliance with the Constitution and the Employment Equity Act.  

sabmillerFin24 reports that liquor producers and companies along the value chain are beginning to reel under the effects of the ongoing alcohol sale ban, with some forecasting further cuts to already reduced number of contract workers.  

saa thumb medium95 76Moneyweb reports that employees of SA Airways (SAA) who applied for voluntary severance packages (VSPs) can expect to receive their monies by the end of January, according to unions at the airline.  

handcuffsEWN reports that a suspected bogus doctor and her assistant were scheduled to appear in court on Monday in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.  

numsaBL Premium reports that the 99 employees retrenched by Macsteel returned to the workplace on Monday after the steel supplier struck a deal with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

Jackson MthembuNews24 reports that National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise said at the funeral of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu on Sunday that his death should be an opportunity for citizens to re-educate themselves about the fight against Covid-19.  

SolidarityTrade union Solidarity on Monday sent an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia) to the Ministers of Finance, Employment and Labour, and to the governing body of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).  

cosatuBloomberg reports that labour federation Cosatu, which is a key ally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), has attacked the party for everything from delays in securing Covid-19 vaccines to failing to provide income support for workers affected by the pandemic.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that law enforcement agencies in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are on high alert amid reports of a looming truck protest.  

education90News24 Wire reports that the Gauteng Department of Education is mourning the death of yet another matric examinations marker, who died after testing positive for Covid-19.  

GEMSFin24 reports that last Tuesday the Council for Medical Scheme's Section 59 Investigation Panel released its interim report into allegations of racial discrimination by medical schemes against black, coloured and Indian healthcare practitioners.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 January 2021.

angiemotshekgaNews24 Wire reports that Solidarity has sent a lawyer’s letter to the Department of Basic Education, questioning its directive on the delayed opening of private schools.  

netcareSaturday Star reports that a woman who heard the downed Netcare 911 helicopter explode in a farm field has asked God to erase the terrible images of the remnants of the crash from her mind.  

SolidarityBusinessTech reports that trade union Solidarity and civil society organisation AfriForum are preparing court papers against Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma over the government’s implementation plan for Covid-19 vaccines.  

UIFBL Premium reports that business and labour have accused the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) of backtracking in talks over extending Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) wage protection to cover the current lockdown.  

cell cFin24 reports that mobile operator Cell C says it will allow the law to take its course in the punishment of a former executive who was arrested on Friday for alleged fraud and corruption involving a tender scam worth approximately R64 million.  

CCMAGroundUp writes that workers are going to suffer the most from the overwhelming caseloads at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) over the next few years, especially now that part-time commissioners are no longer being used to resolve disputes.  

sabmillerBusiness Times reports that more than 500 staff of SA Breweries (SAB) received their last pay cheque on Friday after the company suspended their employment due to the national ban on the sale of alcohol.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the specialised commercial crimes court in Port Elizabeth gave an admin clerk a seven-year prison sentence on Friday for stealing hundreds of thousands of rand from her previous employer, Chris Bury Appliances.  

sabcBL Premium reports that unions were dealt a major blow on Friday when the Labour Court in Braamfontein dismissed an application for leave to appeal an earlier ruling that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) retrenchment process was lawful.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that Vantage Goldfields, the owner of the shut Lily gold mine, has countered claims made by Herman Mashaba, president of political organisation ActionSA, that the mine has received two bids by third parties that intend to acquire and reopen the mine.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 21 January 2021.

numBloomberg reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has blamed “poor leadership” at state-owned power utility Eskom for ongoing nationwide power cuts.  

SolidarityThe Citizen reports that trade union Solidarity and lobby group AfriForum on Thursday said they were proceeding with the preparation of court papers against Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma over government’s implementation plan for Covid-19 vaccines.  

southafricalogoGroundUp reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has taken action against a food company in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape where a worker’s hand was severed last week by a machine   

cosatuThe Star reports that labour federation Cosatu has blasted its alliance partner the ANC, accusing it of having failed SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) workers and those employed in other struggling state-owned companies.  

goldfieldsMining Weekly reports that Gold Fields has appointed Chris Griffith CEO designate.  Griffith will succeed Nick Holland with effect from 1 April.