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.

sandf thumb medium90 89The Citizen reports that the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) announced this week that no new intakes for the annual 2021-2022 Military Skills Development System (MSDS) would be accepted.  

ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that the future of the presidential public employment programme, which promised to put 700,000 people into temporary jobs over six months as a major part of the Covid-19 economic stimulus package, is uncertain as concerns grow that it won’t be funded in the budget.  

sapsSowetanLive reports that the Hawks have arrested five police officers for fraud and theft of fuel allegedly through use of state fleet cards.  

newsCape Argus reports that disability rights and advocacy groups have raised several concerns over the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and nationwide strategy, particularly for persons with disabilities.  

picBusiness Report writes that the Public Servants Association (PSA) is extremely concerned about the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) stability amid recent media reports on the exodus of several of its board members.  

cosatuMoneyweb reports that according to Cosatu, reducing the mandatory audit firm rotation period from 10 years to five and entrenching it into law will be a critical tool in safeguarding against corruption in the public and private sector.  

newsThe Citizen reports that families of the deceased miners whose bodies are still trapped underground at Lily Mine have braved severe harassment in the last 650 days of camping outside the shaft as they hopelessly wait for their relatives to be retrieved.  

earningsBL Premium writes that Astral Foods, SA’s biggest poultry producer, was right to question shareholders for them inexplicably voting down the company’s 2021 remuneration policy, as the new policy corrected gripes they had a year before.  

nehawu80Cape Argus reports that hospital cleaners will be among the first health-care workers to get inoculated when the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out, partly as a result of a union campaign.  

SolidarityTrade union Solidarity has made available a comprehensive legal opinion obtained from external legal counsel which shows that any unilateral decision to make vaccination compulsory in the workplace would be unlawful.  

CricketSABusinessLive reports that Kugandrie Govender reported for duty on Monday after the CCMA lifted her suspension as Cricket SA’s (CSA’s) acting CEO‚ but her return to the office lasted just a few hours before she was sent packing again.  

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the two biggest unions at SA Airways (SAA) are seeking legal advice after their urgent application over wages was thrown out of court this week.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that according to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) co-principal investigator Prof Linda-Bekker, scientists have about 500,000 doses of the J&J Covid-19 vaccine ready to offer health-care workers countrywide in an “implementation study.  

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of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Monday, 8 February 2021.

prasaGroundUp reports that three fired executives of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) have gone to the Labour Court to contest their dismissals.  

retirementMoneyweb reports that the Taxation Law Amendment Act of 2020 was signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 20 January 2021.  

samwu thumb medium80 78Moneyweb reports that last week the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) was ordered to halt the auctioning of assets belonging to the Kopanong municipality.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that healthcare workers would not be used as guinea pigs when SA rolls out its Covid-19 vaccination programme.  

CCMABusinessLive reports that a battle for control of the Free State Sports Confederation (FSSC) is poised to play out in the arbitration hearing of fired CEO Jerry Segwaba scheduled to begin on Monday at the CCMA.  

CCMAGroundUp reports that a laboratory analyst fired for putting her family’s safety first and refusing to work during the Covid-19 level five lockdown has been reinstated.  

nursing thumb medium90 93GroundUp reports that the Eastern Cape government has reversed a decision by its provincial department of health (DOH) to terminate the employment of 625 post-community service nurses.  

strike thumb medium85 85GroundUp reports that about 25 workers at the Humansdorp Kooperasie in Cookhouse, Eastern Cape, have been dismissed after downing tools for over a week.  

gautrainBusiness Insider SA reports that the Gautrain no longer believes it will soon need more trains to stop overcrowding during peak times.  

nelsonmandelabayMoneyweb reports that the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of SA (Demawusa) recently attached assets belonging to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality over an outstanding R8.8 million in pay owed to 36 workers.  

Golden ArrowCape Argus reports that the Ukubavimba Foundation, a social justice and socio-economic development organisation, has lodged an official complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (Sahrc) against Golden Arrow Bus Services (Gabs).  

SIUSunday Independent reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it has uncovered a six months looting bonanza between January and July last year that cost the state R13 billion.  

MineralsCouncilSAMining Weekly reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) last year announced plans to undertake a series of surveys to better understand the progression of Covid-19 in local mining operations and it has recently received the results of the first phase of seroprevalence surveys.  

newsBL Premium reports that Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) on Friday announced that it would transfer an additional 10% of shares to its employees, in a move to enhance its black economic empowerment (BEE) status and meet its revised merger conditions.  

newsBL Premium reports that the CEO of the agency responsible for adjudicating and enforcing road traffic fines has been placed under suspension on full pay pending a forensic investigation into allegations of serious maladministration highlighted in a report by the auditor-general.  

denosa thumb medium60 92News24 reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) says a report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that R13.3 billion of personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement is subject to investigation makes it clear that healthcare workers were "never the priority to protect".