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.

strike thumb medium85 85BL Premium reports that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it will intensify its strike at information and communications technology supplier Mustek after a meeting with CEO David Kan on Tuesday failed to break the impasse on employees’ demands.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

blsa thumb medium70 98Engineering News reports that according to Business Leadership SA’s (BLSA’s) CEO Busi Mavuso, SA’s move to Alert Level 1 in the Covid-19-induced lockdown is “the right one”, as this means that more of the economy can function, and “more people can get back to work.”  

hpcsaBusinessLive reports that the regulatory body for healthcare professionals has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa about the criminal case against Dr Peter Beale and Dr Abdulhay Munshi.  The latter was shot dead last week.  

tshwane thumb100 Pretoria News reports that Tshwane acting city manager Mmaseabata Mutlaneng has come under fire from the Democratic Alliance (DA), which wants her to take the fall for a dodgy Covid-19 catering contract and quit her position.  

pravingordanIndependent News reports that Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan has defended the inclusion of former Absa CEO Maria Ramos in an interview panel for the appointment of Eskom group treasurer.  

psaANA reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has warned the government against rushing to recall all employees back to work as this could cause a renewed flare up of Covid-19 transmissions.  

NPABL Premium reports that investigators working for the state capture commission of inquiry will be hired by the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) investigating directorate at the end of September.  

JMPDTimesLIVE reports that a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer has been admitted to hospital after being attacked and shot on his way home in Lenasia.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that the Gauteng department of health advised on Tuesday that twenty-five Sterkfontein Hospital employees were reinstated after an agreement was reached about their concerns.  

postoffice thumb100 Sowetan reports that the Post Office Retirement Fund has failed in its court bid to force the SA Post Office (Sapo) to continue making contributions to the fund.  Last week the High Court in Pretoria dismissed the fund’s application with costs.  

boardroomtableBL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to meet the senior leadership of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Wednesday after another day of protests on Monday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria over personal protective equipment (PPE) and improved wages.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 21 September 2020.

nehawu80EWN reports that members affiliated to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) insist that they will remain outside the Union Buildings until government responds to their demands.  

sactwuGroundUp reports that the Southern African Clothing and Textiles Workers Union (Sactwu) is challenging the dismissal of about 73 workers following a protest over unpaid Covid-19 relief funds.  

BankservAfricaThe Star reports that according to the latest BankservAfrica’s Take-Home Pay and Private Pensions index, the number of take-home salaries fell by nearly 35% in July compared with the same month a year before.  

handcuffsThe Citizen reports that police on Friday confirmed that a man had been arrested for alleged public violence and malicious damage to property after a group of fired grooms stormed Fairview race yard stables in Port Elizabeth in a protest on Thursday.  

SweepSouthSowetanLive reports that a study into the living conditions of domestic workers has found that most of them are facing serious financial pressure as their costs have risen substantially while their income decreased during the national Covid-19 lockdown.  

saa thumb medium95 76Business Report writes that employees at South African Airways (SAA) have called on the government to make good on its promise to provide funding of R10.5-billion to prevent the liquidation of the state-owned airline.  

AgriSETAEngineering News reports that the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has partnered with the Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSeta) to provide artisan development training to 400 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) participants.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that KwaZulu-Natal's (KZN’s) tourism and hospitality industry is on the road to recovery with some leisure accommodation venues already booked to capacity.  

nedlacBusiness Times reports that government departments and trade unions will have to buy local in terms of an economic recovery action plan agreed upon last week at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).  

education90Sowetan reports that Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba was recently announced as one of the top 10 finalist in the annual Global Teacher Prize.  

nehawu80News24 reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union's (Nehawu’s) NEC was set on Monday to protest outside the Union Buildings to get President Cyril Ramaphosa to respond "adequately and positively" to demands submitted earlier this month.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that as SA moved to Level 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown, teachers who were on comorbidity absence and those over the age of 60 who had been working from home were expected to return to work from Monday.  

newsBusiness Times reports that an acrimonious and prolonged dispute over seats has "paralysed" the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (Mibco), with the industry unable to implement a three-year wage agreement that should already be in its second year of implementation.  

uctSunday Independent reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has called for the removal of University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor, Mamokgethi Phakeng, over her perceived silence on racism and sexism on campus, as well the university’s slow transformation process under her watch.  

InvestecBL Premium reports that Investec became the first local banking group to propose job cuts after announcing on Tuesday it would be shedding 210 jobs in its UK banking operation as part of efforts to streamline and simplify the group.  

newsWe apologise for the break in labour news postings since Monday.  This was due to a system problem that proved to be difficult to detect and resolve.  But, we are up and running as usual again.

protestNews24 reports that as the nationwide Clicks shutdown by the EFF drew to a close last week, another picket was held on Friday, this time outside a BMW dealership in Cape Town.