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.

UIFMail & Guardian reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has painted a bleak picture of the financial threat posed by growing joblessness to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).  

nxesiEWN reports that Department of Labour and Employment (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi wants every Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Covid-19 relief transaction audited.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that the payment of benefits from the UIF Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters), which has already suffered from a spate of technical glitches, could have added delays due to the closure of two labour centres in Gauteng.  

implatsheadgear smlBL Premium reports that mineworkers suffering from silicosis and awaiting their share of R5bn in compensation from gold companies may now have to wait longer as the dispersal of funds faces delays because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

sandf thumb medium90 89AFP reports that dozens of military medics were deployed on Sunday to help combat the coronavirus pandemic in the Eastern Cape where there has been a surge in infections.  

angiemotshekgaBusinessLive reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has revised its plans for the return of some learners to school, as government battles to restart the education sector amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus.  

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education90SowetanLive reports that teachers' unions say the next phase of the reopening of schools for more than six million pupils is a ticking time bomb because the Department of Basic Education (DBE) failed to meet safety requirements for what had been fewer pupils when the grade 7s and grade 12s restarted school on 8 June.  

Arnot OpCoMining Weekly reports that coal mining company Arnot OpCo has completed a Section 189 (retrenchment) process, affecting 1,100 of its employees.  

newsThe Star reports that it’s all systems go for the rest of the school grades to reopen next week after a full Bench of the North Gauteng High Court turned down an application by Mmusi Maimane and his One SA movement for schools to remain closed.  

gavel thumb100 The Star reports that the R191-million fraud case against former top cop Khomotso Phahlane and a string of other senior officers has seen the State reveal its hand as the matter finally heads to trial.  

SolidarityBusinessLive reports that another trade union represented at SA Airways (SAA) has come out against the recent business rescue plan, arguing that, if implemented, the airline would once again be destined for liquidation or business rescue.  

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that as rumours swirl about SA reverting to alert Level 5 of the coronavirus lockdown, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize stated on Wednesday that no decision had been taken.  

limpopo thumb100 The Citizen reports that Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha confirmed on Wednesday that one of his executive committee members (MECs) has tested positive for Covid-19.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Sowetan reports that vandalism and inadequate security remained a threat to commuter train services provided by Metrorail, which resumed operations in three provinces on Wednesday.  

nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that nurses at KwaZulu-Natal's (KZN’s) biggest hospital, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, downed tools on Thursday morning demanding to be tested after scores of hospital workers allegedly tested positive for Covid-19.  

barlowworldlogisticsMoneyweb reports that more than 2,500 people in the automotive and logistics divisions of distribution group Barloworld are to be retrenched because of the impact of Covid-19.  

santacoPaul Ash writes that on Sunday the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) flipped the bird at the government, metro police officers and any of its customers who might prefer to not ride in minibus taxis stuffed to the gills, and not just in this time of Covid.  

healthcareThe Star reports that a new report on health care inequality indicates that while the sector relies heavily on women, they are underpaid and forced to work long hours.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Citizen reports that when thousands of children countrywide return to schools next week, pupils from Filadelfia Secondary School in Soshanguve, outside Pretoria, will be staying at home because the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has closed the school after two teachers tested positive for Covid-19.  

strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports on hopes that a waste workers’ strike that has left an stench hanging over Palm Ridge would be resolved at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning.  

SA ExpressFin24 reports that a group of employees of state-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently in provisional liquidation, are pinning their hopes of getting unpaid salaries, as well as fair severance packages, on the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and National Treasury.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sowetan reports that there are 20,140 educators aged above and below 60 who have reported comorbidities.  Director-general in the Department of Basic Education (DBE) Matanzima Mweli revealed this on Tuesday during a briefing to MPs on the state of readiness on reopening of schools for all grades.  

WesgroFin24 reports that a director of Wesgro, the Western Cape tourism, trade and investment promotion agency, has resigned over what she feels is a "tone deaf" reaction of the board to a salary increase for CEO Tim Harris.  

metrorail thumb medium90 92Sowetan reports that train services were due to resume on Wednesday in three provinces. All of which are having a substantial increase in Covid-19 infections.  

ancSowetanLive reports that ANC employees are again facing uncertainty about their finances after the party failed to pay their June salaries.  

nehawu80BusinessLive reports that with the Covid-19 infection rate among front-line workers seemingly spiraling out of control, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehaw) will be visiting hot-spot facilities across the country.  

transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that state-owned freight transport and logistics company Transnet is deploying some staff from its Durban operations to Cape Town in a bid to boost capacity in the region.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that the website for the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Covid-19 relief benefit has been taken down again because it continues to show the confidential information of applicants.  

santacoEWN reports that taxi bosses in the Western Cape have not yet reached agreement over whether to support a call to disregard lockdown regulations.