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.

SolidarityEngineering News reports that trade union Solidarity and civil rights organisation AfriForum have welcomed the decision by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane to suspend the Tourism Equity Fund’s (TEF's) activities until discussions have taken place with the organisations.  

healthcareBL Premium reports that the SA government is scrambling to reorient its Covid-19 vaccination plans after new evidence emerged on Sunday that AstraZeneca’s vaccine does not protect people against mild to moderate disease caused by the new variant detected in SA late last year.  

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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a ‘fake’ Free State advocate has been convicted of fraud for impersonating a defence attorney.  

sabcMail & Guardian reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will continue with the retrenchment of 303 workers, despite interventions from Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams.  

VantageGoldfieldsMining Weekly reports that on the fifth anniversary of the Lily Mine collapse, the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy (DMRE) conveyed its sadness at the loss of three miners.  

GEMSBL Premium reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) says an increase in the subsidy for medical scheme contributions for state employee is cold comfort amid a battle between the government and public servants over salary increases.  

putcoBL Premium reports that bus operator Putco has retrenched more than 200 employees after its operations were hit by the Covid-19 restrictions.  The restrictions resulted in fewer passengers while the costs of disinfecting buses and buying staff personal protective equipment mounted.  

Ndabeni AbrahamsBusinessLive reports that according to the communications ministry, the board of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) misinterpreted an alternative job cuts proposal from Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams in respect of the public broadcaster.  

numsaMoneyweb reports that unions warned on Wednesday that up to 700 jobs were on the line from the planned closure of popular inter-city bus service Greyhound.  

unisaSowetanLive reports that a former facilities executive director at the University of SA (Unisa) was paid his full salary while sitting at home for six months after he was fired and he even scored an impressive performance bonus of R128,500 in December.  

newsNews24 Wire writes that it’s hard to picture a festive season or payday weekend without Greyhound buses on the road, as blue-collar workers head home – but this is a reality many will soon face.  

harmonyMining Weekly reports that gold producer Harmony Gold Mining announced that an employee at its Target mine, in Welkom, died following a seismic event that triggered a fall of ground on 3 February.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that disgruntled doctors at Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington, in the Northern Cape, held a protest during their lunch hour on Wednesday to draw attention to a lack of staff and overtime hours that they claimed were leading to burnout.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that the national Department of Health (DOH) is conducting a survey among healthcare workers to gauge how they feel about the Covid-19 vaccine.  

protestTimesLIVE reports that production at Foskor's mine in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, came to a halt on Wednesday as community members protested outside.  

newsBL Premium reports that the government’s plans to vaccinate healthcare workers against the coronavirus received a major boost on Wednesday, with news that it will receive 3.1-million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Covax.  

free stateNews24 reports that one person was killed and eight emergency responders were injured on Tuesday when a truck crashed into their vehicles while they were tending to an earlier car accident scene.  

sabcBL Premium reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which is at loggerheads with communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams over planned retrenchments, says it supports government plans to consider taking on some of its employees who are set to be laid-off in its cost-cutting drive.  

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that a Northern Cape teacher has been sentenced to six years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old pupil inside a classroom.  

Golden ArrowNews24 reports that trade union federation Cosatu has once again taken on Golden Arrow bus service over safety concerns.  

protestDaily News reports that Suncoast Casino employees downed tools six weeks ago, saying they would continue with their action until their employer responded to their concerns.  

nursing thumb medium90 93The Star reports that more than 600 nurses in the Eastern Cape have allegedly been left jobless despite the crippling effects of Covid19 on healthcare facilities in the province.  

saa thumb medium95 76Reuters reports that the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) indicated on Wednesday that South African Airways (SAA) might exit business rescue at the end of February and a decision on an equity partner for the carrier could be made by the end of March.  

employment thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that as SA bleeds jobs, four new companies are investing a combined R49m at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in Nelson Mandela Bay and creating employment for at least 100 people.  

healthcareTimesLIVE reports that the national Department of Health announced on Wednesday that its electronic vaccine self-registration portal was up and running, with more than 34,000 healthcare workers having already registered for the Covid-19 vaccine.  

sapsTimesLIVE reports that SA Policing Union (Sapu) chair Mpho Kwinika has been given the boot from the SA Police Service (Saps).  It was announced on Tuesday that Kwinika had been fired after a disciplinary hearing found him guilty of serious misconduct.  

foodBL Premium reports that a number of employers in the hospitality industry are preparing an application for an urgent court interdict to stop the government extending a collective agreement struck at the industry’s bargaining council to nonparties.  

sabcBL Premium reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has defied communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams’s attempts to reduce or possibly avert job cuts at the public broadcaster.  

UIFEngineering News reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has launched its highly anticipated online E-Compliance Certificate system.