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.

Donald Gordon Medical CentreThe Star reports that employees at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre have alleged that coronavirus cases amongst staff are steadily increasing, but that the hospital continues to operate with little deep cleaning.  

Media24TimesLIVE reports that Media24 is considering the closure of five magazines and two newspapers - along with staff cuts - in a restructuring shake-up accelerated by the "devastating" financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  

newsThe Star reports that employees of Road Lodge in Roodepoort have accused management of exposing them to danger that resulted in 47% of workers, including the general manager, testing positive for Covid-19.  

SolidarityBusinessTech reports that the Pretoria High Court has ruled that all private pre-schools and early childhood development centres may open with immediate effect, provided they do so in line with coronavirus safety measures.  

newsTimesLIVE writes that Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) cleared the M2 highway in Benrose on Tuesday as signs emerged of a planned "shutdown" protest against the employment of foreigners in the trucking industry.  

santacoBusinessLive reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) claims its members are ready to resume long-distance operations, despite fears that this could lead to more Covid-19 cases.   

MineralsCouncilSABusinessLive reports that the mining industry’s legal challenge against certain clauses in the Mining Charter took a new turn after a ruling demanded the participation of community organisations, unions and other social parties in court proceedings.  

AstronCape Argus reports that the probe into Thursday’s explosion at the Astron Energy SA oil refinery in Milnerton is continuing, with operations there halted.  Two people died and seven were injured in the explosion.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that according to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), four unions at SA Airways (SAA) and representatives of non-unionised staff have indicated an intention to sign voluntary severance package (VSP) agreements.  

gautengBusinessLive reports that the Gauteng government has asked the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) for stricter measures in the province, including possibly cutting down on the number of people attending funerals and reintroducing a curfew.  

SAFABusinessLive reports that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and National First Division (NFD) clubs may have returned to training prematurely after it emerged on Monday that the requisite health and safety compliance protocols were not approved by the SA Football Association (Safa).  

CCMAMail & Guardian reports that according to figures provided by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), more than 100,000 workers face retrenchment under the Covid-19 lockdown, which will be almost three times as many as last year.  

gautengIndependent News reports that Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku has expressed concern over health workers in the province getting infected in the community.  

WesgroCape Argus reports that the fallout over the steep salary increase afforded to Wesgro chief executive, Tim Harris, continues to simmer, with the board vice-chairman now saying that the increase was R300,000 less than initially reported.  

ancThe Citizen reports that the tripartite alliance of the ANC, the SA Communist Party (SACP) and trade union federation Cosatu in Limpopo is divided over the ANC’s decision to reinstate two provincial bigwigs who allegedly looted VBS Mutual Bank.  

Correctional ServicesSowetanLive reports that employees at the Modderbee Prison in Benoni, Ekurhuleni, say they fear going to work after three of their colleagues died in just under two weeks.  At least one of them has been confirmed of having succumbed to Covid-19.  

ICTUBusiness Report writes that the Section 189 (retrenchment) consultation process at the CCMA relating to possible job cuts at Cell C was delayed on Friday due to objections raised by organised labour.  

transnetlogo thumb100 Engineering News reports that a steady flow of work at the Port of Mossel Bay’s ship repair facility is helping to create much-needed jobs in the region.  

saa thumb medium95 76ANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) intend to take legal action to prevent the liquidation of South African Airways (SAA).  

hawksANA reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has welcomed the arrest this past weekend of suspects accused of being part of "the enterprise that scammed R5.7 million" meant to provide relief for workers during the Covid-19 lockdown.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that all of Gauteng's public emergency services now fall entirely under provincial management in a move to ensure efficiency and improve emergency response times.  

education90News24 reports that more than 2,500 teachers and over 1,200 pupils have contracted Covid-19 since schools reopened, but this represents a small percentage of people in the schooling system according to Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga.  

JMPDTimesLIVE reports that a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer has died after his vehicle collided with a Toyota Hilux bakkie on the N12 near Protea Glen before 3am on Sunday.  

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Correctional ServicesSunday Tribune reports that seven new cases of Covid-19 were recorded at Durban’s Westville Prison on Friday, three of which were inmates.  Westville is one of the largest prisons in SA.  

sabcCity Press reports that the ANC last week allegedly warned the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that its decision to lay off employees would embarrass the governing party and could cost it votes during local elections next year.  

UIFMail & Guardian reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has painted a bleak picture of the financial threat posed by growing joblessness to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).  

nxesiEWN reports that Department of Labour and Employment (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi wants every Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Covid-19 relief transaction audited.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that the payment of benefits from the UIF Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters), which has already suffered from a spate of technical glitches, could have added delays due to the closure of two labour centres in Gauteng.  

implatsheadgear smlBL Premium reports that mineworkers suffering from silicosis and awaiting their share of R5bn in compensation from gold companies may now have to wait longer as the dispersal of funds faces delays because of the Covid-19 pandemic.