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18 January 2018 Labour & Employment Watch

Focus


Transnet’s financial woes impact on wage offer

State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has tabled a revised – and final – three-year wage offer, as the company reiterates its ‘difficult’ financial situation since ratings agencies downgraded the country to junk status. Engineering News reports that Transnet ... Read More

South Africa


Saftu applauds AFU’s move on the Guptas

The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has applauded the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) team, under advocate Knorx Molelle, for obtaining an order under section 38 of the Proceeds of Crime Act against the companies that stole money from Eskom ... Read More

Trust distributes compensation to silicosis victims

A trust formed in 2016 to compensate a group of former Anglo American SA and AngloGold Ashanti employees who suffer from silica-related illnesses, has already distributed about R102m of a R395m settlement, reports Mining Weekly. The Q(h)ubeka Trust ... Read More

Analysis


Technology can facilitate sexual harassment

A recent investigation by the Financial Times into workplace sexual harassment has highlighted some ways professional social networks can be misused, writes Anthony Sakrouge, the head of employment at law firm Russell-Cooke in an HR Magazine report. He writes: ‘Facebook’s ... Read More

Health


The voices of the hearing impaired stifled at work

Research by Action on Hearing Loss showed that 60% of respondents thought their competency would be questioned if they spoke about their hearing loss with colleagues, while 42% felt they would not be supported if they raised the issue, reports ... Read More

Conversations about menopause should be ‘normalised’

Employers need to do more to ‘normalise conversations’ about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. BBC News reports that the comments came after a survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Some ... Read More

Presenteeism increasing in the UK

Employees lose an average of 30.4 working days a year due to sickness absence and under-performance at work due to ill-health. Personnel Today reports that this is according to health insurance provider VitalityHealth’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace study, which was ... Read More

World


Germans can now access colleagues’ pay info

On 6 January, employees in Germany were given a new right to access certain information on what their employer pays colleagues of the opposite sex carrying out the same or comparable jobs. And, according to an Out-Law.com report, failure ... Read More

Gender pay queries expected to increase in the UK

Discrimination lawyers in the UK are anticipating a ‘very large’ increase in queries about gender pay, after BBC presenter Carrie Gracie resigned her position in a row over equal pay, and ahead of the government’s April deadline for reporting on ... Read More

Briefs


* More than 230 workers from BM Food Manufacturers in Lanseria, which distributes food to retailers across the country, including Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers Hyper and Spar, have downed tools. General Industries Workers Union of SA’s John Apollos says the strike ... Read More

* Job seekers have been warned not to be lured by the false SA National Defence Force (SANDF) advertisement that will be published by Sunday newspapers this weekend and in the Daily Sun newspaper on Monday. SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said ... Read More