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.

cosatuCity Press reports that trade union federation Cosatu is exploring two more urgent interventions which it thinks could help reduce power utility Eskom’s spiralling debt.  

southafricalogoSunday Independent reports that the Correctional Services Department has indicated that its situation was like a “leaking bucket” as it was battling to fill the number of vacant posts to compensate for the staff leaving its employ.  

westerncape thumb medium80 80News24 reports that Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said on Thursday in his State of the Province Address (Sopa) that despite an additional 1,100 new police officers having been deployed in the province, it still did not have enough men and women in blue.  

Stats SAFin24 reports that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu had a "productive and congenial" meeting on Sunday with Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke and members of the SA Statistics Council following the latter's threat to resign over a lack of funds for Statistics SA.  

satawu thumb medium90 101Fin24 reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has slammed the "hands-off approach" of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) regarding the business rescue of state-owned airline SA Express.  

limpopo thumb100 News24 reports that after a week of prevarication, the office of the premier in Limpopo eventually agreed to implement an order by the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC) by reinstating government spokesperson Phuti Seloba.  

healthcareFin24 reports that some healthcare providers who work with the Compensation Fund (CF) have started to retrench staff while others have halted operations, following six months of not being able to log claims with the Fund.  

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Thursday, 20 February 2020.

pansalbCity Press reports that Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has been dragged into a messy spat between workers and the board of the Pan South African Languages Board (PanSALB).  

newsEWN reports that as of 1 March 2020, new labour laws will come into effect, some of which will be welcomed by parents to be, while others will only result in minor improvements for the lowest paid workers in the country.  

publicprotectorFinancial Mail reports that labour, under the banner of the Public Servants Association (PSA), is preparing evidence to back allegations of mismanagement in Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s key chapter 9 institution.  

SolidarityTrade union Solidarity has requested an urgent meeting with Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, and the Director-General of the Department, Thobile Lamati, to address the lack of service delivery being experienced at the Compensation Fund.  

prasaThe Star reports that thousands of Gauteng train passengers will pay for a R22million debt owed by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), which could have its assets, including trains, attached on Friday.  

saa thumb medium95 76The Star reports that the Zondo commission into state capture has heard how South African Airways (SAA) executives and others were subjected to invasive and personal questions by the State Security Agency (SSA) as part of the agency’s efforts to protect access to classified information.  

satawu thumb medium90 101News24 reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) says it is not the fault of train drivers that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) infrastructure is dilapidated and causing delays.  

ambulanceNews24 reports that an ambulance and a courier van were separately torched in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night.  

earningsBL Premium reports that unions said on Wednesday that the 3.8% national minimum wage (NMW) increase that was gazetted by the government on Monday was an affront to workers.  

gautrainMoneyweb reports that the Competition Commission (CompCom) believes the Gautrain rapid rail system was a big policy mistake.  

angloamericanBloomberg reports that Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has named Natascha Viljoen as its first female chief executive officer.  

southafricalogoIn a letter to Business Day, Michael Bagraim, MP, who is the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) deputy shadow employment & labour minister, writes that they have had many complaints from medical service providers across the country over the nonservice of the Department of Employment & Labour and the failure to pay Compensation Fund monies since September 2019.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Wednesday, 19 February 2020.

GEPFBL Premium reports that the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) will not invest more in Eskom solely for the purposes of saving SA, but would require that the power producer meet its investment criteria in terms of the management of the entity and the provision of a return.  

eskomReuters reports that Eskom urgently needs more cash to stabilise its ballooning debt pile with the funds coming from either a rise in tariffs or new equity, new CE Andre de Ruyter told MPs on Tuesday.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that after a train driver was stoned while on duty, the United National Transport Union (Untu) accused the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) of failing to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for employees.  

gavel thumb100 GroundUp reports that the criminal records of 94 community health workers and members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), who were arrested at a night vigil outside the Free State Department of Health in 2014 have reportedly been cleared.  

ambulanceGroundUp reports that employees of Emergency Medical Services in Graaff-Reinet, who were on strike since last Tuesday, suspended their strike on Friday, even though according to the employees their grievances had not been resolved.  

headgearMining Weekly reports that Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo has called on the SA mining industry to “change the gender narrative” and to engage in conversations about the lack of female representation in the industry.  

telkom thumb100 Business Report writes that the SA Communication Union (Sacu) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have filed an urgent application in the Labour Court to compel Telkom to properly carry out consultations prior to embarking on retrenchments.  

southafricalogoCity Press reports a family business in Kempton Park that manufactures luxury Belgian chocolate, has been admonished by the labour department because it employs too many black women and was told to employ more black men.  

angloamerican fullBL Premium writes that Anglo American is rich with candidates to fill the CEO vacancy that will be left at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with the unexpected resignation of Chris Griffith.