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.

UIFTimesLIVE reports that employees who have not received payouts from the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) since the beginning of lockdown have no way of finding out what could be outstanding or delaying their payouts.  

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that the Compensation Fund (CF) is expecting more Covid-19 related claims due to the opening up of the economy.  

cosatuBusinessLive reports that representatives of the National Treasury and union federation Cosatu met last week for the third time to consider giving retirement fund members access to their savings as a means of mitigating the impact of income losses as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.  

ancEWN reports that the African National Congress (ANC) plans to upscale the production of artisans in SA as part of its economic recovery plan post-Covid-19.  

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) said on Friday that a request by pilots to retain more staff at SA Airways (SAA) was not in the best interest of the airline and won't be considered.  

PSLBusinessLive reports that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the SA Football Association (Safa) will be held liable for claims for damages or negligence that may occur as a result of Covid-19 casualties when football resumes.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has dismissed a bid by the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for SA Airways (SAA) to overturn a lower court ruling ordering them not to issue retrenchment notices to the airline’s employees before finalising a rescue plan.  

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nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that the majority of claims lodged with the Department of Employment and Labour’s (DEL’s) Compensation Fund in all nine provinces are so far from women, with nurses on the front line bearing the biggest brunt of contracting Covid-19 at work.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that terrified teachers forced to work at a Covid-19 hit Gauteng school are being made to choose payment for their jobs ahead of personal safety after rising coronavirus cases went unreported.  

newsSowetanLive reports that the Competition Appeal Court (CAC) has revisited a case it disposed of eight years ago when it ordered that the merged entity of Wal-Mart-Massmart must reinstate 503 employees who were dismissed in 2009 and 2010 before the merger.  

eskomThe Star reports that Eskom has roped in the SA Revenue Service, the Special Investigating Unit, the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to go after former employees and suppliers implicated in malfeasance at the power utility.  

headgear thumb medium80 122BusinessLive reports that as SA’s health system struggles with increased numbers of coronavirus cases, mines are finding that pre-arranged hospital beds earmarked for ill mineworkers afflicted with Covid-19 have already been allocated.  

SolidarityMining Weekly reports that trade union Solidarity has called on the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to negotiate and reach an out of court agreement around mining rights ownership and the “once empowered, always empowered” principle.  

newsBloomberg writes that SA truck operators are being targeted in a spate of attacks that have seen drivers assaulted and killed, cargo stolen and rigs torched.  

necsa1The Citizen reports that SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) subsidiary NTP, which seemed to be getting back on its feet after the appointment of Dave Nicholls as chair earlier this year, is back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.  

healthcareThe Citizen reports that the rising cases of Covid-19, staff testing positive and the increasingly strained health system has sent Gauteng department of health authorities scrambling for extra staff, including nurses and doctors.  

ambulanceBL Premium reports that the Gauteng government’s centralisation of the province’s emergency medical services (EMS) has grounded all of Tshwane’s more than 70 ambulances.  

WindeBusinessLive reports that Western Cape premier Alan Winde tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday and is in self-isolation at home for 14 days.  

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sapsNews24 reports that it has not been possible to enlist new police recruits to start training, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that a Johannesburg private school principal has become the second person to be fired following a racism storm ignited by a teacher’s comments about the killing of George Floyd in the US.  

Correctional ServicesThe Star reports that riots have erupted in major Gauteng prisons over fears of the alleged rapid spread of Covid-19, which has claimed the lives of both inmates and officials.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for SA Airways (SAA) published an updated rescue plan on Wednesday with few material changes other than an offer to place 1,000 employees on a training layoff scheme instead of retrenchment.  

sabcIndependent News reports that a top SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) official who was dismissed after she refused to pay former chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng a R11-million bonus has been reinstated.  

ancSowetanLive reports that former KwaDukuza mayor and ANC KwaZulu-Natal leader Ricardo Mthembu died on Wednesday.  According to ANC insiders, he was admitted to hospital and was in an intensive care unit for a few days.  

northwestprovinceSowetanLive reports that North West premier Job Mokgoro and one of his MECs, Saliva Molapisi, have tested positive for Covid-19.  This was confirmed by Mokgoro's office on Tuesday.  

northwestprovinceNews24 Wire reports that five cases of Covid-19 have been reported at various traffic stations in the North West, according to department of community safety and transport management spokesperson, Alpheus Koonyaditse.  

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that a 21-year-old man, who posed as an e-hailing customer before abducting and robbing the driver, has been served with a lengthy jail term.  

UIFBL Premium reports that Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) commissioner Teboho Maruping is adamant there is no backlog in the payment of Covid-19 relief benefits.