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.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 26 May 2020.

numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed concern about the number of Covid-19 cases reported at SA mines and has called on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to stop mining operations until all safety measures have been adhered to.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) says the extension for school staff to return to schools under Level 3 lockdown is not enough to prepare for the return of pupils.  

newsSowetan reports that up to 70% of the country’s hair and beauty salons, spas and tattoo parlours face closure as their businesses remain under the Covid-19 lockdown.  

gautengThe Citizen reports that 41 health workers in Gauteng public hospitals were assaulted last year, the vast majority by psychiatric patients.  This was indicated by Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku in response to questions in the Gauteng Legislature.  

retirementBusiness Report writes that pension funds in SA declined by more than R400-billion in the first three months of this year, resulting in a negative chain reaction on households’ net wealth.  

MediClinicNews24 reports that twenty-six people have tested positive for Covid-19 at Mediclinic Cape Town in Oranjezicht, the medical facility confirmed on Monday.  

education90News24 reports that the Western Cape education department said on Tuesday that Parkvale Primary School in Valhalla Park was the second school in Cape Town to have a positive Covid-19 case among educators.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that the Educators Union of SA (Eusa) is planning to approach the courts on Friday for an interdict against the government's plan to partially open schools on 1 June.  

cosatuBL Premium reports that Cosatu has submitted an urgent request to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to issue an emergency directive allowing employed workers who are members of retirement funds to access a part of their savings on a once-off basis.  

InvestecBloomberg writes that as the government prepares to ease lockdown restrictions and manufacturers, miners and industries prepare their factories and offices to receive their employees, banks have found there is no need to immediately go back.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the SA Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been granted leave to appeal against a labour court judgment that determined that they were not entitled to retrench employees before finalising the business rescue plan.  

newsBL Premium reports that the Airlines Association of Southern Africa warned on Monday that the easing of the lockdown regulations to allow for limited air travel would do little to save struggling airlines.  

gautengSowetan reports that schools in Gauteng have received personal protective equipment (PPE) and they are now gearing up to welcome grade 7 and 12 learners on 1 June.  

anglogoldashantiBL Premium reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) said on Monday that testing of employees at its Mponeng mine had been finalised and showed that a third of the tested workers were infected with Covid-19.  

employment thumb100 BL Premium reports that a new academic paper published by the Covid-19 economists group warns that there is a danger that employment losses due to the epidemic will become permanent, causing the rate of unemployment to be significantly raised for years to come.  

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

newsTimesLIVE reports that one person was killed and three were injured when a boundary wall collapsed in Inanda, north of Durban, on Monday.  

southafricalogoBusiness Report writes that as the government reopens the economy and eases the Covid-19 lockdown, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) plans to close down companies that flout regulations designed to protect the well-being of employees.  

protestThe Citizen reports that support staff at Helen Joseph Hospital protested outside the facility on Monday and, among other requests, asked to be tested for Covid-19 after more than five nurses had tested positive for the virus.  

sandf thumb medium90 89TimesLIVE reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members who were allegedly involved in the death of Collins Khosa from Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, have been suspended.  

newsCity Press reports that for those in the hair and cosmetology industry, the national Covid-19 lockdown has meant lost livelihoods and wiped-out businesses.  Designated a level 1 service, they’ll only be able to work again in the last stage of the lockdown.  

busaMining Weekly reports that organised business has called for domestic firms to take steps to ensure that their workplaces are Covid-19-ready in light of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Sunday that the country would transition from lockdown Level 4 to Level 3 from 1 June.  

amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across SA, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has again called on employers to test all employees for Covid-19.  

angiemotshekgaThe Star reports that a last-ditch attempt to stop schools reopening next week is set to play out in court as the Educators Union of SA (Eusa), which apparently represents more than 27,000 teachers, challenges Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s “arrogance”.  

NaamsaMoneyweb reports that SA’s automotive industry has proposed a host of liquidity relief measures to President Cyril Ramaphosa to alleviate the industry’s serious cash flow challenges and ensure its survival post Covid-19.  

Tiger BrandsReuters reports that food producer Tiger Brands said on Monday it was looking at “significant” job cuts as its business had been hit by supply disruptions and margin pressures due to the impact of the coronavirus.  

amcu thumb medium80 81City Press reports that continued infighting at the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has dragged labour registrar Letlhogonolo Molefe into its midst.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 22 May 2020.

nursing thumb medium90 93BusinessLive reports that the Eastern Cape health department has lifted the suspension of five nurses for allegedly refusing to attend to a Covid-19 patient without personal protective equipment (PPE) at Grey Hospital in King William’s Town.