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.

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that a new study has found that healthcare workers (HCWs) were less likely to die after being hospitalised with Covid-19 than non-healthcare workers.

education90News24 reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) wants the Covid-19 vaccination programme for teachers and support staff to be extended.

MangoThe Citizen reports that nearly two weeks after their 25 June payday, staff at budget airline Mango are still in the dark about when they will be paid for the month.

newsNews24 reports that two more George municipality officials have died from Covid-19 complications, bringing to nine the number of staff members who have died during the pandemic.

sandf thumb medium90 89News24 reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will launch its Covid-19 vaccine programme on Thursday.

Tshiamiso TrustBusiness Report writes that the Tshiamiso Trust, which is responsible for carrying out the terms of the R5bn settlement between six mining companies and thousands of gold mine workers who contracted silicosis and tuberculosis in SA mines, said on Tuesday that it had been successful in reaching claimants and the beginning of the flow of payments was imminent.

education90News24 reports that Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa executive director Lebogang Montjane and National Alliance of Independent Schools Associations chairperson Mandla Mthembu have expressed their satisfaction with the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

autopaxlogoIndependent Media reports that Zolani Matthews, chief executive of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), has announced plans for the agency’s bus operating subsidiary Autopax Bus Service, which operates long distance busses Translux and City to City, to shed 350 jobs.

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that Nicholas Crisp, deputy director-general for National Health Insurance, has defended the Department of Health’s (DOH’s) decision to enable special categories of people to apply for the Covid-19 vaccination ahead of schedule.

samwu thumb medium80 78BL Premium reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has warned that strike action is in the offing if the parties to municipal wage talks fail to find each other in dispute resolution.

VinproTimesLIVE reports that the wine industry’s court application against government’s 14-day lockdown level 4 booze ban has been postponed again.

UIFFin24 reports that at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday a decision is expected on whether Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) payments will be made to workers who cannot earn an income during lockdown level 4.

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education90EWN reports that with only two days before the end of the vaccination programme for teachers, provinces are trying to vaccinate as many staff members as possible.

southafricalogoFin24 reports that ahead of a possible public sector strike as early as this week, Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has urged unions to consider a new offer.

prasaEngineering News reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has unveiled a comprehensive strategy to revive SA’s passenger rail network, which has been left crippled by crime and vandalism over the last few years.

petrolpumpBusinessLive reports that the petrol price will reach a record high when major hikes come into effect on Wednesday.

metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Argus reports that Metrorail has had to pause its weekday train services between Cape Town and almesbury for this week due to a Covid-related matter.

samwu thumb medium80 78Pretoria News reports that the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) is set to declare a dispute and request a strike certificate after wage negotiations collapsed.

Senzo MchunuTimesLIVE reports that with public service wage talks deadlocked for months, Department of Public Service & Administration (DPSA) Minister Senzo Mchunu has pleaded with labour unions to return to the negotiating table.

southafricalogoBL Premium reports that according to national Treasury, a cash offer to government employees, which was improved upon last week, will cost the government some R18bn that has not been budgeted for. So the shortfall will have to be sliced from departmental budgets to avoid busting the fiscal framework.

citypowerNews24 reports that scores of City Power employees were left stranded on Monday morning when a group of protesters denied them access to their building.

medicaldoctorNews24 reports that a court battle between the Department of Health (DOH) and over 300 unplaced medical interns is looming. The DOH was served with a letter of demand on Thursday, giving it until Monday to provide community service placements.

newsThe Citizen reports that according to experts, government’s Covid-19 vaccine plan should include retail workers, who remain among the most vulnerable considering their essential service of interacting with customers, which has continued throughout the lockdown.

southafricalogoThe Citizen reports that arising from the facilitation process relating to the ongoing public service wage negotiations, the government has given a revised offer to the trade unions for consideration by their members.

exxaroMining Weekly reports that diversified miner Exxaro Resources sponsored 411 engineering learners, 33 miner learners, 90 operator learners and 19 business administration learners in 2020 as part of its formal engineering and mining learnership programme.

education90Independent Media reports that the Gauteng Department of Basic Education (DBE) is ‘gravely alarmed’ after more than 9113 teachers and support staff refused to take Covid-19 vaccine jabs in the province.

UIFBusiness Times reports that while the alcohol industry and restaurants count the costs of tighter pandemic restrictions, organised business says additional income support will soon be on its way for those businesses that have been disrupted.

sapsThe Citizen reports that as crime continues to spiral out of control, salaries for the SA Police Service (Saps) gobble up 43 cents out of every taxpayer rand spent by government on civil service wages.