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.

tshwane thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the City of Tshwane has obtained an interdict from the Labour Court in a bid to stop the disruption of services by striking members of the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu).  

farming thumb medium80 84Moneyweb reports that while most of the SA economy shrivels, agriculture is booming and was up 27.8% in the first quarter of 2020.  

newsBL Premium reports that the National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC) has called on the government to grant each of country’s 34,500 taverns a once-off payment of R20,000 to mitigate the effect of the ban on alcohol sales.  This would cost the state R690m.  

samwu thumb medium80 78BusinessLive reports that emboldened by the above inflation wage increase the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) got in Tshwane last week, its members marched on the Ekurhuleni metro offices on Monday demanding a similar increase.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 27 July 2020.

westerncapeCape Argus reports that it was revealed last week through the Western Cape Special Adjustment Budget that the Covid-19 alcohol ban was on course to cost R1 billion in losses for the wine industry.  In addition, there was the potential loss of 18,000 jobs.  

gautrainThe Citizen reports that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is getting “very positive signals” from National Treasury and the Department of Transport (DOT) that the planned expansion to the rapid rail link will be part of the government’s multi-billion rand infrastructure plan “going forward”.  

cosatuMoneyweb reports that labour federation Cosatu and the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers’ Union (Csaawu) want the government to tell them of its plans to assist those employed in the alcohol industry who have been left without work due to the backtrack on liquor sales.  

gavel thumb100 BL Premium reports that the Fair Trade and Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) is fighting for its challenge to the cigarette sales ban to be urgently heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal, on the basis that it is a "matter of national importance" that has profound implications for how the government’s Covid-19 regulations are evaluated by the courts.  

prasaTimesLIVE reports that a manager and former employee of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) have been arrested for being possession of stolen assets belonging to the rail agency worth almost R2m.  

capetown thumb100 City Press reports that major role-players in the country’s hospitality industry have joined hands to plead with government to reopen the economy as thousands of jobs are at risk and businesses are closing down.  

pscCity Press reports that two senior officials in the department of planning, monitoring and evaluation, which is housed in the Presidency, are under investigation for having allegedly been appointed in violation of public service regulations.  

angiemotshekgaIndependent News reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga are due to meet later this week over allegations of fraud and corruption in the acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and the safety of teachers and learners at schools.  

UIFThe Star reports that the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has moved swiftly to freeze the bank account of a businessman accused of looting almost R700,000 from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) that was meant to bring relief to more than 150 Covid-19-hit workers.  

hawksCity Press writes that a year’s salary award for former Gauteng Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya is not enough and instead he wants his old job back as a major-general and head of the crime-busting unit.  

newsEngineering News reports that according to the Department of Employment and Labour’s (DEL’s) Compensation Fund (CF), a total of 2,361 claims for compensation by employees who have been exposed to Covid-19 at work were lodged from 1 April to 13 July.  

uasa thumb medium70 84Engineering News reports that trade union Uasa announced on Friday that it would be taking state-owned defence industrial group Denel to the Labour Court over the non-payment of employee salaries.  

handcuffsNews24 reports that three Cape Town law enforcement officers were arrested on Saturday following an alleged house robbery.  

sapsSaturday Star reports that more than 9,000 police officers and civilian employees, comprising 4.6% of the total workforce of the SA Police Service (SAPS), have contracted Covid-19.  

southafricalogoSunday Times reports that according to the Department of Public Service & Administration (DPSA), more than 22,000 public servants have been infected with Covid-19.  This has led to sporadic temporary closures of government offices across SA.  

healthcareCity Press writes that with more than 1,557 healthcare workers infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus, the expected peak in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) could be disastrous.  

MantasheEWN reports that Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has been released from hospital after contracting Covid-19.  

newsBL Premium writes that the unregulated minibus taxi industry, which transports 16.5-million passengers a day, has been flagged as a potential super spreader of Covid-19.  

tshwane thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the City of Tshwane administrators have bowed to pressure from workers to increase their salaries by 6.25%.  The administrators were appointed by the Gauteng provincial government in March after the metro was left leaderless because of political infighting.  

education blackboard thumb medium80 92BL Premium reports that the government is set to be taken to court after accusations that it pacified trade unions by deciding to close all public schools for four weeks.  

sabcBusinessLive reports that MPs have joined the government and unions in the pushback against proposed job cuts at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

CricketSATimesLIVE reports that suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Thabang Moroe has been formally charged by the organisation’s board with eight counts of misconduct.  

saa thumb medium95 76BusinessLive reports that creditors of SA Airways (SAA) have voted to set a new deadline for the finalisation of the state-owned airline’s business rescue plan.  

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Thursday, 23 July 2020.

protestFinancial Mail reports that Wednesday’s “A Million Seats on the Streets” organised by the restaurant sector against the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions won’t be the last such protest