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.

cosatuBloomberg reports that Cosatu is pushing the government to tap state institutions for a stimulus plan to combat the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.  

petrolpumpBusinessLive reports that the Automobile Association (AA) said on Friday that SA motorists should see the largest fuel price decrease on record from 1 April, when unleaded petrol could see a drop of about R2 per litre.  

southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that as time runs out for the negotiations, public-sector unions have rejected the government’s new wage offer for the 2020/2021 financial year.  

picBusinessLive reports that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has identified a candidate to replace Dan Matjila as CEO, according to chairperson Reuel Khoza.  

UIFNews24 reports that the reality of a 21-day lockdown hit many hard on Thursday as they rushed to queue for unemployment benefits, ID documents, birth certificates and other essentials.  

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) could be patrolling SA’s well beyond the current 21-day lockdown period.  

SWEATNews24Wire reports that the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) and Sisonke, the National Movement of Sex Workers, have called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to make urgent provision for the Temporary Employee Relief Scheme to include sex workers.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
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Thursday, 26 March 2020.

newsPretoria News reports that domestic workers, still waiting for the Constitutional Court to confirm a high court ruling regarding their rights to claim for injury or illness while on duty, are not yet covered for coronavirus infection while at work.  

fikilembalulaANA reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday that all commuter rail services would shut down for the duration of SA’s national lockdown commencing at midnight on Thursday.  

SA ExpressBL Premium reports that state-owned airline SA Express has completely run out of cash and is expected to be among the first organisations to apply to the UIF temporary employee relief scheme (Ters) for assistance, under the expedited Covid-19 benefit.  

PSCBCBusinessLive reports that cracks are beginning to show in the previously united front between public-service unions on what action to take against the government to compel it to increase public servants’ salaries on 1 April.  

newsEngineering News reports that a network of organisations representing informal workers in SA – who number about five-million – has lamented the lack of recognition of the challenges the sector faces in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

MantasheMiningmx reports that SA’s coal mines and platinum group metal (PGM) processing facilities will continue to operate, albeit at reduced levels, during the 21-day lockdown due to start at midnight on 26 March.  

southafricalogoThe Star reports that prisoners could be left vulnerable during the 21-day national lockdown as angry warders in fear of their lives have threatened strike action over an alleged lack of protection from coronavirus.  

gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the government and the courts are gearing up for possible urgent legal challenges to the state’s emergency lockdown regulations, which have been formulated in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.  

ComairFinancial Mail writes that SA’s aviation sector will emerge from the current economic crisis in a very different shape to what it was a month ago.  

hpcsaBusinessLive reports that doctors are pleading for the medical regulator to allow them to consult via video and voice calls to keep vulnerable patients safe at home and ensure that those with Covid-19 symptoms don’t come into busy waiting rooms.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 25 March 2020.

newsBL Premium reports that Remgro chair Johann Rupert says the preferred route for the disbursement of his family’s R1bn donation to assist small businesses will be through Business Partners, a company he founded and co-owns.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a secretary at a law firm in Stellenbosch who allegedly siphoned R12m from trust funds has appeared in court with her husband and daughter on fraud and theft charges.  

netcareTimesLIVE reports that hospital group Netcare announced on Wednesday that all visiting hours for general wards, ICUs and high care units would be suspended with immediate effect.  

ShopriteTimesLIVE reports that cashiers and store packers on the front line of panic buying and who will come face-to-face with shoppers during the Covid-19 lockdown are to receive a cash bonus from retailer Shoprite.  

sandf thumb medium90 89Pretoria News reports that it took a SA National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier six years and a battle all the way to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) to be reinstated in his job.  

handshake thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that the clothing and textile sector’s 80,000 workers have been guaranteed full pay for six weeks during and after the Covid-19 lock down in a ground-breaking agreement by stakeholders.  

PSCBCBusinessLive reports that the 21-day national lockdown aimed at limiting Covid-19 has thrown a spanner in the works for public sector unions eager to down tools should the government not increase their salaries on 1 April.  

OldMutualBusinessLive reports that former Old Mutual CEO Peter Moyo has been dealt another blow in his attempt to be reinstated in his position.  

farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp reports that as uncertainty and fear grows amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, some farms in the Western Cape are closing their doors.  This means that hundreds, if not thousands, of seasonal farmworkers will be without means to provide for their families.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 23 March 2020.

handcuffsNews24 reports that four persons were scheduled to appear in the Mecklenburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday for illegal mining and possession of chrome.