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.

ancSunday Times reports that the SA Revenue Service (Sars) is said to have garnisheed the ANC's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) allocation funds – taking away R17m meant for the governing party – in part-payment of the party's ballooning tax bill.

ebrahimpatelEngineering News reports that Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has been drafting guidelines on employee ownership and other broad-based ownership schemes and intends and intends this week to publish a practice note dealing with some clarifications around community trusts and individual ownership schemes.

eskomBL Premium reports that Eskom’s management and trade unions are expected to meet at the company’s bargaining forum this week to try to hammer out a new wage deal for the state-owned power utility’s employees.

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 29 April 2021.

lindiwesisuluThe Citizen reports that trade union Solidarity has expressed its disappointment in Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu for allegedly changing her story regarding the 24 Cuban engineers brought to SA to assist with ailing water infrastructure.

randwaterTimesLIVE reports that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has issued a certificate of non-resolution in a dispute between Rand Water and the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu).

CapeTownlogoEWN reports that Philippi East police have launched a manhunt for suspects after an off-duty officer attached to the City of Cape Town's Metro Police was killed on Wednesday afternoon.

prasaPretoria News reports that more than 80% of train stations in Gauteng have been left in ruins after they were stripped of anything of value, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

SIUPretoria News reports that a senior official at the City of Johannesburg Property Company allegedly awarded personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts irregularly, costing the municipality at least R18 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure last year.

gavel thumb100 EWN reports that a former Oudtshoorn municipal official will spend an effective four years behind bars on charges of fraud worth R1.9 million.

amcu thumb medium80 81The Star reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) wants the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) to pronounce that solidarity strikes are legally protected.

publicprotectorEWN reports that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has stepped in to mediate the standoff between artists and creatives on the one hand and the National Arts Council (NAC) on the other hand.

BankservAfricaBL Premium reports that according to data drawn from the National Payments System (NPS), wages and salaries in the formal economy have almost recovered to pre-Covid levels.

numsaBL Premium reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will be joining Ayo Technology Solutions in a bid to interdict FNB from cutting off that company’s banking services.

transnetlogo thumb100 BL Premium reports that transport unions have threatened to embark on a strike action at Transnet after management of the state-owned freight rail and logistics company offered no increase for the 2021/2022 financial year.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that SA Airways Technical (SAAT), the repair and maintenance unit of the grounded national carrier, is set to retrench at least 60% of its 2,000 employees.

councilmedicalschemesBL Premium reports that the medical schemes regulator has banned the imposition of excessive co-payments on patients who choose health-care providers outside the networks chosen by their medical schemes.

SamsaNews24 reports that three SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) executives have been placed on precautionary suspension, amid allegations of misconduct.

mosebenzizwaneSowetanLive reports that former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane had a hard time on Tuesday maintaining that he was not a “stooge of the Guptas” as he was grilled for appointing their associates as advisers without knowing them.

healthcareANA reports that with the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) Sisonke Programme to vaccinate healthcare workers having resumed on Wednesday, such workers have been urged to register with the programme.

lindiwesisuluNews24 reports that Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has lashed out at those who have questioned a skills transfer programme involving Cuban engineers.

cosatuBL Premium reports that trade union federation Cosatu is deeply sceptical of the capacity of the government to implement a new law meant to protect the rights of women to independently own property.

hpcsaIndependent Media reports that a man purporting to be a Hawks official is allegedly approaching foreign doctors, accusing them of crimes and demanding that they pay him so they don’t get arrested and struck off the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) roll.

mpumaNews24 reports that Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe has vowed to crack down on corruption in traffic law enforcement agencies. Shongwe called for an investigation after the arrest of more than 10 provincial traffic officers and traffic department employees since last year.

newsThe Citizen reports that continued attacks on the settlement outside of Lily Mine where the families of the three dead miners whose bodies are still trapped in a container underground have forced the official spokesperson for the three families into hiding for fear of his life.

uberReuters reports that Uber South Africa pledged to increase safety campaigns for food delivery drivers and review the insurance they provided following an expose about the mounting risks faced by drivers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that an Eastern Cape woman will spend the next 15 years behind bars for stealing more than R2m from her employer. The Mthatha Regional Court sentenced Vuyokazi Kati, 37, on Monday.

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that some managers at SAA Technical (SAAT) have drafted a petition questioning the competence of the executives running the subsidiary of state-owned airline South African Airways (SAA).

CapeTownlogoEWN reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) on Monday again warned City of Cape Town bosses against firing more than 500 firefighters who took part in an illegal strike in 2019.

psaFin24 reports that according to the Public Servants Association (PSA), which represents 235,000 workers, government is undermining the wage negotiation process with unions by negotiating through the media.