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.

southafricalogoBloomberg reports that the government is opposing a bid by trade unions to compel the state to honor a public-service wage deal, warning that the accord would lump the country with R37.8-billion of additional debt.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that a Durban paramedic, who was treating a patient at the scene of an accident, suffered severe injuries when another motorist lost control and crashed into the ambulance he was working in.  

Sibanye StillwaterMining Weekly reports that according to a report by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), two mineworkers were killed at gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix mine.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that the head of Gauteng’s department of health, Prof Mkhululi Lukhele, has resigned with immediate effect, the provincial government announced.  

strike thumb medium85 85Engineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday issued a notice of an indefinite wage strike at the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), which is the management and operating company for the Gautrain.  

Mining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has warned of wage strikes at diamond miners De Beers and Petra Diamonds' operations in SA, and also at Exxaro Resources’ coal operations.  

Stats SATimesLIVE reports that the latest quarterly labour force survey from Stats SA has garnered strong reaction from politicians and other South Africans with many questioning the “confusing” unemployment figures.  

ifpANA reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) department of health has brushed off the Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP’s) accusation that it has failed to pay contract healthcare workers for the past two months.  

numsaCape Argus reports that a group of National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members protested outside the offices of the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) in Cape Town on Wednesday over the non-payment of Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (Ters) benefits.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that one in four teachers in South African schools battle acute stress due to their working environment and the situation is so dire that many teachers want to leave the profession.  

newsGroundUp reports that according to a major survey released on Wednesday, the Covid-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown have deepened inequality, especially in the job market and in education.  

ancNews24 reports that the ANC is facing more financial trouble and by 1 October had not yet paid staff members at Luthuli House for September.  

woolworthsBusinessTech reports that retail group Woolworths has published its integrated annual report for the 2020 financial year, revealing the pay structure for its top executives – including the farewell package for former boss, Ian Moir.  He resigned as group chief executive officer of Woolworths on 16 February 2020.

durbanIndependent News reports that eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda is set to meet with city manager, Sipho Nzuza, to discuss how he will perform his duties in light of his bail conditions.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that Wits academic Michael Sachs, who was formerly head of the budget office in the Treasury, says the government should be focused on the aviation industry, rather than just South African Airways (SAA).  

Stats SAGroundUp reports that more than 250,000 domestic worker jobs were lost between the first and second quarters of 2020.  The latest data from Statistics SA (Stats SA) showed a decline of 259,000 domestic workers in employment in the second quarter (April to June) compared to the first quarter of this year (January to March).  

newsANA reports that according to a written reply to a parliamentary question, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has dismissed the need for a special unit to probe Covid-19 related corruption.  

cosatuThe Star reports that with two million more people added to the unemployment line in the country, trade union federation Cosatu has called for urgent and decisive intervention, without which SA could head into economic depression.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that five officials from the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) department of transport were scheduled on Wednesday to appear in the Durban specialised commercial crime court on charges of fraud and corruption amounting to R7m.  

SolidaritySolidarity reports that judgment was reserved in the Labour Court on Wednesday in the case which the trade union brought on behalf of its members against Barloworld Equipment SA.  

DiscoveryBL Premium reports that more than 1.3-million Discovery medical scheme main members will not face a contribution increase for the first six months of 2021 after the medical scheme generated huge surpluses.  

numEngineering News reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) indicated on Tuesday that it would take part in labour federation Cosatu's strike on 7 October against corruption.  

numsaEngineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has urged the Bombela Operations Company (BOC), which manages the Gautrain, to return to the negotiating table.  

gautengBusinessLive reports that Gauteng premier David Makhura has placed the head of the provincial department of health under precautionary suspension with immediate effect.  

Stats SABusinessLive reports that data from Stats SA showed on Wednesday that annual consumer inflation slowed marginally in August to 3.1%.  

UIFMoneyweb reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) will open applications for the period 16 August to 15 September on Thursday.  

SA ExpressBusiness Report writes that the bid by former SA Express employees to buy the assets of the troubled state-owned airline has been approved by liquidators following an equity crowdfunding campaign.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the South African Airways (SAA) business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have suspended all airline operations after efforts by the Treasury and the Department of Public Enterprises failed to raise sufficient loan funding from commercial banks to restart operations.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 29 September 2020.

joburgcityThe Star reports that an attempt by the suspended chief executive officer of the Joburg Property Company (JPC), Helen Botes, to urgently interdict her suspension was dismissed on Monday with costs.