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24 April 2017 Labour & Employment Watch


Cosatu still wants Zuma to step down

Cosatu says despite messages of support for President Jacob Zuma, the trade union still wants him to step down. According to an eNCA report, this was after some confusion when, during Zuma’s birthday celebrations last week, Cosatu president Sdumo ... Read More

South Africa

Job losses slowing in the mining sector

Job losses in mining have slowed down compared with two years ago, according to the Chamber of Mines. Business Day reports that the improvement comes against the backdrop of moderate growth in the sector driven by platinum group metals, which ... Read More

Nehawu ends strike at Social Development Department

Striking members of the National‚ Education‚ Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu)‚ employed by the Department of Social Development‚ have returned to work. The Times reports that their five-week strike ended last week‚ after the department and the union signed ... Read More

Numsa accepts 'sell-out' bus driver wage settlement

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has accepted the ‘sell-out’ wage settlement and bus drivers who are members of the union will return to work, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim is quoted in an IoL report as saying ... Read More


Labour market reform needed to create growth

The country needs to institute urgent reforms to its product and labour markets to allow the entry of new firms and to reduce impediments to job creation, otherwise the SA economy will be stuck in the doldrums. Business Day reports ... Read More


High workloads making UK teachers depressed

Excessive workloads and lack of support are making teachers depressed ‘to the point of suicidal tendencies’, new UK figures reveal, prompting fresh concerns for teacher welfare. The Independent reports that evidence presented from 4 908 teachers across the country suggests ... Read More

Employees stressed if they can't access e-mails

The majority of employees feel pressure to respond to work-related messages at all times. HR Magazine reports that research found that three-quarters (75%) of the 1 099 British employees surveyed felt under pressure to respond to e-mails outside of work ... Read More


Type of task the reason women paid less

Women are often paid less than male colleagues, even when they share the same job title, because men take a greater share of high-profile tasks, claims new research that identifies a ‘Powerpoint premium’ in offices. According to a report in ... Read More

US DoL accuses Google of pay discrimination

Google has discriminated against its female employees, according to the US Department of Labor (DoL), which said it had evidence of ‘systemic compensation disparities’. The Guardian reports that as part of an ongoing DoL investigation, the government has collected information ... Read More


* Residents of Giyani in Limpopo say the protest action by the SA Municipal Workers' Union is having a negative impact after nearly 350 members downed tools. They are protesting against what they call corruption and maladministration in the municipality. Read More

* Rhodes University‚ one of SA’s top tertiary institutions, is facing financial distress and wants to cap salary increases at 5% in order to remain viable. But support service workers want an increase that is in line with inflation and ... Read More