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.

UIFBL Premium reports that the government has decided to extend its Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) for an extra month-and-a-half until 15 August.  

sapsTimesLIVE reported on Tuesday that at least seven police stations around the country had been temporarily closed for decontamination due to Covid-19 cases.  

minerGroundUp reports that an advocacy group for ex-miners who suffered debilitating lung impairment while working on SA’s mines has expressed concern at the slow progress of the trust that is responsible for compensating affected miners.  

prasaPower 98.7 reports that Makhosini Mgitywa, spokesperson for the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), indicated on Monday that the agency intended to hire more than 3,000 security personnel.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that in court papers filed at the Labour Court on Friday, Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane painted a dire picture of government finances as he explained the government’s refusal to grant public sector salary increases.  

angiemotshekgaSowetanLive reports that teacher unions are pushing back against a move to dock their pay should schools be closed again due to the upsurge of coronavirus cases.  

sabmillerCity Press reports that disgruntled alcohol manufacturers are concerned about the retrenchments that will follow as a result of the renewed ban on the sale of alcohol that came into effect last week.  

tourismcouncilTimesLIVE reports that the Tourism Business Council of SA (TBCSA) on Monday said it was confident the industry would survive the Covid-19 pandemic, despite recording a daily loss in tourism expenditure of R748m.  

UIFTimesLIVE reports that more than 4,000 Covid-19 related Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) claims have made on behalf of people who had died, about 90,000 were made with invalid ID numbers and close to 200,000 were made with ID numbers which couldn't be found on any government system.  

Restaurant AssociationMoneyweb reports that the biggest-ever united protest in the history of SA’s restaurant industry is set to take place on Wednesday.  Hundreds of eateries, coffee shops and takeaway establishments countrywide will be participating in the ‘Million seats on the streets’ protest against Covid-19 restrictions to trade.  

NTABusinessLive reports that the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) said on Monday that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula should approach the Treasury for a “special” relief package for long-distance and cross-border taxi operators, who were hit hardest by the Covid-19 lockdown.  

DenelBL Premium reports that Denel’s group CEO, Danie du Toit, has resigned after less than two years in the job, as the turnaround of the state-owned arms manufacturer after years of mismanagement remains in the balance.  

ComairBusinessLive reports that trade unions are up in arms over a proposal by Comair business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to double their fees for restructuring the airline.  

MantasheMiningmx reports that Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Minister, Gwede Mantashe, has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 disease a week ago.  

news shutterstockIn our roundup of weekend news, see
summaries of our selection of South African
labour-related stories that appeared since
Friday, 17 July 2020.

numsaFin24 reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) announced in a statement on Sunday that it would picket at multiple sites of operation of ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) on Monday morning.  

Senzo MchunuBL Premium reports that the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has signalled the government’s determination to stick to its guns on backing out of an agreement to raise wages for public servants.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BL Premium reports that discussions continue in government after teachers’ unions proposed that schools be closed amid the surge of Covid-19 infections, leaving teachers, parents and pupils in limbo over whether schools will stay open.  

pravingordanBL Premium reports that Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Sunday that while the government had agreed last week to "mobilise funding" for SA Airways (SAA), work was still being done on where the funds would come from and in what form.  

nxesiNews24 reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has tested positive for Covid-19.  

daBusinessLive reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has lodged an urgent court application in a bid to stop Finance Minister Tito Mboweni from using his emergency powers under the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) to transfer funds to SA Airways (SAA).  

PSCBCBusinessLive reports that the government lost its first court battle on public sector wage increases, after its attempt to have arbitration proceedings at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) postponed was dismissed by the Labour Court.  

satawu thumb medium90 101The Star reports that employees at SA Airways (SAA) are demanding to be part of the decision-making structures at the reconfigured airline expected to emerge from the ruins of the national carrier.  

newsThe Citizen reports that the Elias Motsoaledi local municipality in Limpopo has finally managed to part ways with its municipal manager, who has been suspended with pay for 19 months.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that Cricket SA has been rocked by fresh allegations that the organisation allegedly “concocted” a report that led to the suspension of CEO Thabang Moroe in December 2019.  

kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that at least four municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have reported Covid-19 cases and have temporarily closed offices.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the ministers of public enterprises and finance have provided a letter of commitment to the business rescue practitioners of SA Airways (SAA) “to mobilise funding for the short-, medium- and long-term requirements to create a viable and sustainable national airline”.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that there has been little movement on the arrear Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) payments for April and May despite the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) finally paying out R1.6bn for June applications.  

edconFinancial Mail writes that Edcon’s sale of its Jet and Edgars brands, the insolvent fashion group’s two key assets, disproves the general perception that business rescue typically fails.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 15 July 2020.