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.

saa thumb medium95 76BL Premium reports that the SA Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa), which is investigating a dangerous incident during take-off of an SA Airways (SAA) plane last month, has hit out at critics questioning its objectivity.

protestSunday Independent reports that over the past few weeks various artists in the arts and culture sector have staged a sit-in at the National Arts Council (NAC) offices in Newtown, Johannesburg, to protest against corruption and lack of support for artists.

saa thumb medium95 76Fin24 reports that a coalition of unions at SA Airways Technical (SAAT), namely Solidarity, the Aviation Union of Southern Africa (Ausa) and the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), informed their members on Thursday that it was still unclear whether there would be any money to pay the salaries this month.

UIFFin24 reports that National Treasury has finally clarified the status of an increase to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) regular contributions of employers proposed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni during his budget speech in February.

limpopo thumb100 News24 reports that seven trade unions in the health sector in Limpopo have accused authorities of reneging on an agreement over the new duty roster system and have resolved to resume strike action.

protestNews24 reports that artists gathered at the Artscape Plaza in Cape Town on Saturday to demand answers from the National Arts Council (NAC) over relief funding meant to support artists affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

eskomFin24 reports that ahead of wage negotiations scheduled for next month at power utility Eskom, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is considering demanding pay increases of as much as 10%.

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of our selection of South African labour-
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uberPretoria News reports that aggrieved e-hailing drivers who sought the intervention of the government to end their "exploitation and mistreatment" by app companies like Uber and Bolt have agreed to negotiations facilitated by an independent mediator.

sapsThe Citizen reports that Sergeant Moshela Mokgoba’s alleged killer has handed himself over to the Johannesburg Police Station.

newsMichael Bagraim writes the earnings threshold in terms of section 6(3) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) has been increased.

daTimesLIVE reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has demanded action from the Department of Social Development (DSD) as it investigates public servants earning full salaries who applied for the special R350 Covid-19 relief grant.

sandf thumb medium90 89GroundUp reports that health workers in the military have had no vaccinations against Covid-19 since the programme to vaccinate public and private health workers began in mid-February.

gavel thumb100 News24 Wire reports that two security guards who murdered their employer have been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Ladysmith Regional Court.

bladenzimandeEWN reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Thursday called on Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to resign after he likened the protests for free higher education to a soap opera.

education90TimesLIVE reports that according to Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, “appropriate action” will be taken against a teacher who was caught on video roughly combing a pupil’s hair.

saccawu thumb100 BusinessLive reports that the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) is threatening to embark on industrial action at retail giant Massmart over potential retrenchments that could result in more than 100 workers losing their jobs.

exxaroMining Weekly reports that coal and heavy minerals producer Exxaro Resources has announced a R19.7-million, five-year tuberculosis (TB) initiative at its Grootegeluk mine in Limpopo’s Waterberg district.

gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that according to the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL), the Occupational Health and Safety Act does not give employers a right to discipline employees who flout Covid-19 regulations outside of work.

newsNews24 reports that a report by animal welfare organisation Four Paws has found that not only are big cats at breeding farms exploited, but the workers on such farms face exploitation as well.

kznlogo thumb100 Independent Media reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health was forced on Monday to suspend its plans to host assessment tests for nurses at the Dr Pixley Ka-Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital in KwaMashu after thousands of people showed up.

gideonduplessisGideon du Plessis, general secretary of trade union Solidarity, writes that the vaccination of health workers against Covid-19 has proceeded without encountering any significant resistance from their ranks.

salgbc thumb100 Independent Media reports that municipalities have been warned to only budget for affordable salary increases this year.

fikilembalulaBusinessLive reports that SA’s taxi industry still expects the government to implement a subsidy for the sector, in line with transport minister Fikile Mbalula’s promises during the national taxi indaba last year.

nelsonmandelabayTimesLIVE reports that a 48-year-old former administration clerk of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro will be sentenced on 4 May for fraud and forgery.

handcuffsNews24 reports that five Free State municipal employees have been arrested during an operation by the Hawks' National Clean Audit Task Team.

DenelReuters reports that state-owned defence company Denel has appointed Thandeka Sabela as acting chief financial officer (CFO).

Stats SAFin24 reports that consumer inflation data released by Statistics SA on Wednesday showed that February inflation slipped to 2.9% year-on-year, from 3.2% in January.

CCMABL Premium reports that the jobs bloodbath caused by Covid-19 is expected to go up in 2021 and while the economy lost 2.2-million jobs last year, business expects SA to lose up to 4-million jobs as a result of the pandemic.

news shutterstockIn our afternoon roundup, see summaries
of our selection of South African labour-
related stories that appeared thus far on
Tuesday, 23 March 2021.