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.

Correctional ServicesNews24 reports that a senior official at a Durban prison has been suspended following allegations of an affair with a prisoner. The official is stationed at the Durban Westville Female Correctional Centre.

Zweli MkhizeBL Premium reports that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that Sisonke Covid-19 vaccine trial of health workers will start again on Wednesday, while the sites offering vaccinations will be expanded to 95 from 18.

boardroomtableBL Premium reports that labour federation Cosatu says it will give negotiations over government’s 0% wage increase a chance, an indication that unions are leaning towards hammering out a wage deal rather than take to the streets.

SolidarityBL Premium reports that the High Court in Pretoria has interdicted the government from processing applications and making any payments from its R1.2bn Tourism Equity Fund, established to bail out companies in distress in the sector.

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numDaily Maverick reports that in the more than three weeks since protesters shut operations at the Blyvoor gold mine near Carletonville, mine management says R30-million has been lost in production.

engineeringcouncilCity Press reports that Cuban engineers may need to be registered with a council responsible for holding engineers accountable for shoddy workmanship before embarking on their duties in the country. Alternatively, they may need to be supervised by an engineer registered with the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA).

ramaphosa2City Press reports that according to Minister of Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu, President Cyril Ramaphosa wants to make the cabinet, which was reduced from 35 members to 28 in 2019, even smaller.

SIUMail & Guardian reports that companies sanctioned by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for looting Covid-19 funds have to pay back the money, but are not being criminally charged and are still allowed to conduct business with government departments.

southafricalogoCity Press writes that a general strike by public service workers looks set to go ahead as trade unions last week moved to declare a deadlock after the last round of negotiations with the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) failed to yield their desired outcome.

earningsBloomberg reports that Glencore’s chairman has defended an incentive plan for the commodity giant’s new chief executive officer, after prominent advisory firms urged investors to vote against it.

AbsaBusiness Times reports that Absa chair Wendy Lucas-Bull has defended the banking group against perceptions that its first black CEO, Daniel Mminele, was forced out as a result of clashes with white executives.

SolidarityThe Citizen reports that trade union Solidarity has sent the government a list of more than 120 “competent and willing” South African engineers who can replace the 24 Cuban engineers imported to help repair the country’s ailing water infrastructure.

MangoBL Premium reports that state-owned low-cost airline Mango is unlikely to be able to pay the salaries of its 500 or so employees from May as it battles to stay afloat.

eskomBL Premium writes that as wage negotiations at Eskom approach, it’s hard to guess what the outcome will be.

graduate thumb100 News24 reports that amid an outcry over senior public servants who are not qualified for their jobs, the heads of national and provincial departments have been instructed to update the qualifications of senior management on their systems.

hawksNews24 reports that two Hawks officials, recently promoted to sergeants at the Serious Corruption Offences units in Pretoria and Ivory Park, were arrested on Thursday after allegedly defrauding the police of approximately R4,756.

transnetlogo thumb100 Reuters reports that two unions declared a dispute with Transnet on Thursday after wage talks broke down, and warned of possible strike action if the state-owned freight logistics company failed to present a better offer.

glencoreMiningmx reports that Glencore chairman Tony Hayward is “optimistic” shareholders will approve a proposed pay package for incoming CEO, Gary Nagle, on 29 April at the group’s annual general meeting.

CCMACape Times reports that the Open CCMA Campaign has again called for the full functionality of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), to attend to what it said was a huge backlog of cases and for budget cuts to be reversed.

saa thumb medium95 76The Citizen reports that the SA Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) says a preliminary assessment indicates that SA Airways (SAA) was negligent in not reporting within the legal time limit a safety-related incident involving an Airbus A340-600 chartered to fly to Belgium to collect Covid-19 vaccines.

DenelThe Citizen reports that state-owned military technology company Denel has denied claims that its Land Systems (DLS) executives were getting full salaries in the wake of the division’s financial woes.

MineralsCouncilSABL Premium reports that the Minerals Council SA (MCSA), formerly called the Chamber of Mines, has objected to what it says are “draconian” penalties for relatively minor contraventions contained in the Compensation of Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Bill.

gavel thumb100 News24 reports that two Limpopo police officers have been sentenced to five years' imprisonment after the Mokopane Regional Court found them guilty of corruption.

Zweli MkhizeGroundUp reports that about 20 community health workers confronted Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize with a memorandum of demands during his visit to Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital in Mitchell’s Plain on Monday.

putco thumb100 SowetanLive reports that a 61-year-old man has died at Putco’s Dobsonville depot in Soweto after he was run over by a bus driver while he was fixing the vehicle.

boardroomtableBL Premium reports that employers and unions in the struggling construction industry are set to hold mediation talks after a deadlock in wage negotiations.

newsNews24 reports that a City of Cape Town security officer was seriously injured in an attack at the Coastal Park Landfill site in Vrygrond on Sunday.

Zweli MkhizeTimesLIVE reports that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize advised on Tuesday that the fire that saw nearly 700 patients evacuated from Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital had also destroyed more than R40m worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical stock.

newsMiningmx reports that a strike at the Vametco operation of vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals had been bought to an end, the company said in an announcement on Wednesday. The strike lasted for five days.