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.

numsaThe Citizen reports that steel manufacturing company Macsteel has confirmed that employees returned to work on Thursday, following a protest launched by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) earlier in the week.  

Jackson MthembuThe Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has passed on from Covid-19 related complications.  

sabcSowetanLive reports that striking SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees have called for the immediate dissolution of the public broadcaster’s board, which they accused of failing to lead and save jobs.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that a survey has found that teachers spend a large part of their school day pleading with pupils to adhere to Covid-19 protocols.  

nehawu80Cape Argus reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has noted a proposal from the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation that universities must develop their own safety plans relating to the return of workers to work.  

GEMSIndependent News reports that public servants are threatening to take legal action against the Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) for increasing its membership contributions by 4.25%.  

sabmillerBL Premium reports that labour has called on the government to intervene after unions claimed that SA Breweries (SAB) has begun engaging with them on a possible ‘section 189’ retrenchment process.  

petrosaBL Premium reports that state-owned PetroSA plans to slash more than a third of its workforce.  

AmatholeNews24 reports that the broke Amathole District Municipality (ADM) will now pay its employees their salaries as the internal circular, in which workers were informed that they will not receive salaries for February, April, May and June, has been withdrawn.  

chrisgriffithMiningmx reports that according to market speculation, Chris Griffith, the former CEO of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), is being lined up to take over at Gold Fields.  Griffith declined to comment.  

putco thumb100 SowetanLive reports that commuter bus company Putco intends laying off more than 300 employees due to a decline in revenue and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

HeinekenBL Premium reports that Heineken SA, owner of beer brands Amstel and Windhoek, has become the first major company to cut jobs as a result of SA’s third alcohol sales ban, which has stopped trade since late December.  

foodBusiness Insider SA reports that from this week, all restaurants and fast-food outlets in SA face a costly set of new rules for staff remuneration, which includes December bonuses and weekly payments to clean uniforms.  

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CapeTownlogoCape Argus reports that the City of Cape Town's health department, and other departments, have visited various establishments within the metro to ensure compliance with Covid-19 regulations.  

sabcSowetanLive reports that as the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) prepares to release 303 workers from its employ, the public broadcaster has been urged not to retrench people with a physical disability   

UIFIn a letter to Business Day, Democratic Alliance (DA) deputy shadow employment & labour minister Michael Bagraim MP reports that most of the outstanding disputes regarding the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) are slowly being resolved.  

eskomTimesLIVE reports that according to state-owned power utility Eskom, Covid-19 has affected its operations at the Medupi power station, where 48 of 75 contractors have tested positive for Covid-19.  

protestNews24 reports that the Eastern Cape education department is racing against time to recover matric examination marking time that was lost due to marker protests at three centres over four days.  

graduate thumb100 SowetanLive reports that a total of 23 staff members from SA’s 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, and four from community education colleges, died of Covid-related complications between 15 December and 11 January.  

Uber EatsBusiness Insider SA reports that Uber Eats drivers plan a nationwide strike on Friday to demand an increase in their fees.  Last month, drivers brought deliveries in Gauteng to a standstill for two days in protest over a sharp fall in their income over recent months.  

newsThomson Reuters Foundation reports that from a women-only driving school to an all-female taxi service — a SA activist-turned-entrepreneur is tackling high rates of sexual assault by providing safe transport in one of the country’s most crime-ridden areas.  

farming thumb medium80 84News24 reports that a Western Cape table grape farmer is hoping a removable seat and roll bar canopy will make it safer to transport farm workers on the back of a truck.  

education90TimesLIVE reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) advised on Saturday that six matric markers had died of Covid-related complications, while 308 had tested positive at marking centres and had been sent home.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that Neal Froneman, CEO of precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater, has announced the “tragic passing” of its South African gold operations executive VP Shadwick Bessit, who succumbed to Covid-19-related complications on 16 January.  

cosatuEWN reports that labour federation Cosatu says that Eskom cannot blame coronavirus for failing to meet its obligation to supply power to the country.  

PanyazaLesufiBusinessLive reports that after insisting that classroom education would take place in its schools, Curro, SA’s largest private education provider, made a U-turn on Monday, saying it would now provide online learning until 15 February.  

strike thumb medium85 85BL Premium reports that operations at Macsteel Service Centres SA, one of SA’s leading suppliers of steel, almost ground to a halt on Monday after workers downed tools demanding the reinstatement of 99 colleagues retrenched in December.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA), which was previously called the Chamber of Mines, has pledged its support for government’s vaccine roll-out programme, stating that access to an effective Covid-19 vaccine would help reopen the economy and save lives and livelihoods.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has expressed its “dismay” following the death of a mineworker and the injury of another, reportedly at Harmony Gold's Bambanani shaft, in the Free State, on 13 January.