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.

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that according to the General Industrial Workers Union of SA (Giwusa), about 2,000 workers have been on indefinite strike at Clover SA nationwide since Tuesday.  

SIUBL Premium reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has referred more than 5,000 Eskom employees for disciplinary action and investigation for offences ranging from the failure to declare their interests, to doing business with Eskom and leading suspicious lifestyles.  

cloverANA reports that the General Industrial Workers Union of SA (Giwusa) on Monday announced that it would be embarking on a national strike against Clover over a wage dispute.  The union also called for the boycott of the dairy manufacturer’s products.  

westerncapeTimesLIVE reports that a Western Cape teacher has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday for claiming to be “African” in his CV, instead of sticking with his “official” coloured identity.  

gautengTimesLIVE reports that Gauteng’s Cogta and urban planning head of department Bongani Gxilishe has revealed that municipalities in the province have a 20% vacancy rate at senior management level.  

picBL Premium reports that a trade union representing the majority of workers at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has threatened to go on strike if workers are not paid their performance bonuses.  

MboweniBL Premium reports that the Speaker of Parliament, Thandi Modise, announced on Tuesday that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has requested that his medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) be delayed by a week to 28 October.  

UIFBusinessLive reports that Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi told the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday that thousands of workers still waiting for payments from the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF’s) Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) would be receiving their money.  

postoffice thumb100 BL Premium reports that employees at the SA Post Office (Sapo) plan to embark on strike action on Wednesday in protest against the non-payment of medical aid and pension fund contribution deductions to administrators, even though their pay slips reflect the deductions.  

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headgear thumb medium80 122Mining Weekly reports that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has urged mining companies to put more focus on the health and safety of mineworkers during the final few months of the year.  

employment thumb100 Independent News reports that Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says that President Cyril Ramaphosa's economic recovery plan, to be tabled by the president in Parliament on Thursday, will deal with the rising unemployment in the country.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that two of the employees of Harmony Gold Mining Company died at the gold producer’s Tshepong mine, in Welkom, in the Free State on the morning of 10 October.  

sahrc thumb medium90 90News24 reports that Limpopo deputy director-general Nana Manamela has been cleared by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) of allegations of practising religious discrimination in the office of the premier.  

UIFMoneyweb reports that officials, led by Deputy Auditor-General Tsakani Ratsela, told MPs last week that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) was running out of money, due to having to pay out Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) benefits.  

education90TimesLIVE reports that according to the family of Enock Mpianzi, the firing of Parktown Boys' High School principal Malcolm Williams on Monday was not enough.  

ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that three Cape Town ambulance staff members are receiving trauma counselling and have been booked off work after they were robbed at gunpoint while on their way to pick up patients.  

nsfasCape Argus writes that the battle is on between the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the administrator of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).  

daIndependent News reports that a top Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) in Gauteng claims that the party is trying to discredit her after she pressed sexual harassment charges against Solly Msimanga, who is the party’s interim provincial leader.  

labourcourtsBL Premium reports that the state and public sector unions want the court case dealing with the dispute over the implementation of salary increases for government employees heard directly by the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) so that the case can be expedited.  

gavel thumb100 BL Premium reports that Lt-Gen Bonang Mgwenya, deputy national commissioner for human resources management at the SA Police Service (SAPS), was arrested in a predawn raid on Monday by the prosecuting authority’s Investigating Directorate (ID).  

minerEd Stoddard writes that the decline in SA’s mining sector in recent years was in part rooted in the sector’s history of exploitation, which gave rise to union militancy and the labour and social unrest that has rocked it over the past decade.  

saa thumb medium95 76News24 Wire reports that according to a recent presentation to the African National Congress (ANC), no meaningful progress can be made at SA Airways (SAA) until the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has signed a firm joint venture agreement with an experienced and strategic equity partner.  

southafricalogoEngineering News reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) has urged stakeholders in workplaces to make submissions on the Draft Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work before 21 October.  

firstrandBloomberg reports that FirstRand has started a new incentive programme to retain top managers after the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic hit earnings and sank share-based rewards.  

gautengThe Star reports that following his axing, former Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has launched a counter attack aimed at Gauteng Premier David Makhura.  Makhura fired Masuku following a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into allegations of tender irregularities.  

protestThe Star reports that members of the Independent Liberation and Allied Workers’ Union (Ilawu) were expected to protest at Soweto’s Bheki Mlangu Hospital on Monday.   

daMail & Guardian reports that a private member’s bill proposed by Democratic Alliance MP Dion George would amend the Pension Fund Act to enable fund holders to get a percentage of their pension fund before they retire as a guarantee for a loan.  

handcuffsTimesLIVE reports that a high profile police officer has been arrested for alleged fraud relating to a multimillion-rand tender for emergency warning equipment for the SA Police Service in 2017.  

mkvetsTimesLIVE reports that at a march on Monday to the ANC's headquarters in Johannesburg and the Gauteng premier's office, the Gauteng Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) will demand the arrest of transport minister Fikile Mbalula for the country's almost defunct train service.