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.

effNews24 reports that the EFF has called for the immediate removal of Eskom COO after a damning report into his alleged misconduct.  

newsBusiness Report writes that The Foschini Group (TFG) is looking to raise up to R3.95 billion through a rights offer to reduce its indebtedness and has notified employees that it is in the process of laying off some staff to cut its debt.  

SolidarityEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity has welcomed Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel’s trade policy directive that proposes an investigation into measures to help support the SA metals industry, which is facing significant challenges.  

saa thumb medium95 76Engineering News reports that there has been mixed reaction from unions representing employees of SA Airways (SAA) to the approval of the business rescue plan for the embattled state-owned carrier.  

UIFEngineering News reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has introduced new, more stringent controls to verify banking details in order to ensure that the Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) does not fall prey to criminal elements.  

employment thumb100 Fin24 reports that according to the results of a new study, approximately three million people in SA lost their jobs between February and April as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, while women accounted for two million of the jobs lost.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that annual consumer inflation for May fell to 2.1%, the lowest reading recorded since September 2004.  By comparison, inflation in April stood at 3% according to Stats SA.  

newsNews24 reports that a top scientist has warned that government's new regulations allowing for 100% seating in taxis for short-distance trips cannot be backed up by science and will do nothing to stop the spread of Covid-19.  

sapsNews24 reports that a Cape Town sergeant, who self-isolated after finding out she had Covid-19, ended up dying alone in her flat.  

naptosa thumb medium70 99News24 reports that with the Covid-19 pandemic in SA gaining momentum, pressure to close schools has been mounting, with the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA (Naptosa) joining the choir of voices demanding that schooling be halted.  

strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that more than 530 textile employees have been fired by a King William's Town factory for twice engaging in an unprotected strike after "system errors" at the Department of Labour led to delays in Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) payments.  

kznlogo thumb100 News24 reports that thirteen KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) driving licence testing centres (DLTCs) have been affected by Covid-19 outbreaks and have temporarily shut down until further notice.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Minister Pravin Gordhan has tossed the SA Airways (SAA) problem to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, who has been asked to commit the government by Wednesday to finding more than R10bn to fund a restructured national airline.  

samalogoBusinessLive reports that Dr Angelique Coetzee, president of the SA Medical Association (Sama), advised on Tuesday that commuters spending more than 20 minutes in a fully loaded taxi, without proper ventilation, were at risk of being infected with Covid-19 even if they wore a mask.  

PSLBusinessLive reports that Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs will be required to conduct one more round of Covid-19 testing of their players and essential staff before they enter the “bio-bubble” in Gauteng to complete the season.  

education90BusinessLive reports that education sector unions have called on Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga to suspend schooling until after the Covid-19 peak and have threatened to go on strike if she declined their request.  

MantasheBusinessLive reports that Department of Mineral Resources & Energy (DMRE) Minister Gwede Mantashe has become the first known cabinet minister to test positive for Covid-19.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that SA Airways (SAA) creditors have voted overwhelmingly in support of the business rescue plan for the airline, giving the Treasury and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) until Wednesday to provide a letter of commitment that funding will be forthcoming.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that on the eve of a crucial creditors’ vote on the SAA rescue plan, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has lashed out again at the SAA Pilots’ Association (Saapa), accusing it of wanting to derail the process.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the return of the 12,500 foreign mineworkers to SA’s mines is taking double the time planned.  The Minerals Council SA’s initial ten-day plan has become a 20-day plan because of the need to overcome bottlenecks.  

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that three months after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he and his cabinet would take a one-third salary cut for three months and donate the funds to help with Covid-19 relief, it is still not clear whether the entire executive has followed through.  

sabcCity Press reports that the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu) wants the report of a commission of inquiry into interference in the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) newsroom to be retracted.  

newsBusiness Report writes that Bidvest Car Rental has warned staff that all the positions in the company, which has more than 100 branches across the country, might become redundant because it plans to close or sell the business.  

denosa thumb medium60 92The Star reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has appealed to members of the public to inform healthcare workers about possible Covid-19 symptoms during screenings.  

northwestprovinceNews24 reports that members of the North West provincial cabinet – who were close contacts of MEC Gordon Kegakilwe – have been cleared of Covid-19.  Kegakilwe, MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, died last Monday following a "short and serious illness".  

newsTimesLIVE reports that public transport drivers and operators allowing commuters into their vehicles without a face mask can be prosecuted and jailed for up to six months, be fined, or both.  

ancBloomberg reports that the ANC’s economic transformation committee has suggested that pension funds should take over some of the assets of state-owned Eskom.  

nursing thumb medium90 93Bloomberg reports that SA is bracing for the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with infections mounting at a rapid pace, doctors and nurses being worked to the bone and ICUs at risk of running out of beds.  

ancBL Premium reports that the ANC’s proposals for economic revival in the post-Covid-19 economy, published on Friday, argue for an infrastructure-led recovery, which will be funded in part by pension funds and other savings.  

ramaphosa2BusinessLive reports that the government has banned alcohol sales "with immediate effect" and will impose an evening curfew from Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday night, as SA’s coronavirus tally soared past the 276,000 mark.