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21 July 2017 Labour & Employment Watch


Court rules against labour brokers

Employers who use labour brokers are obliged to take on workers after three months if they fall below a certain earning threshold, putting to rest a long-disputed provision of the Labour Relations Act. Business Day reports that in a recent ... Read More

South Africa

NUM disappointed by suspension of Mining Charter

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said last week that it was ‘shocked’ and ‘disappointed’ by the temporary suspension of the controversial Mining Charter pending the outcome of the Chamber of Mine’s urgent interdict, saying that it would be ... Read More

Cosatu furious about UIF Act delays

Cosatu is incensed about the further delay in the implementation of the Unemployment Insurance Act, caused by two typing mistakes in the amended version signed by President Jacob Zuma in January. Business Day reports that, according to Cosatu parliamentary liaison ... Read More


Brexit a threat to UK's job market and economy

Brexit’s threat to the job market matters, says a report in The Independent. Some people may be tempted to think ‘this is good as it means British jobs can go to British people’. However, the report says, Britain does ... Read More


Promoting workplace walking to boost production

In today’s fast-paced world of work shortcuts are everywhere you look, says an HR Magazine report. Colleagues send e-mails instead of walking to each other’s desks, and the al desko lunch has regrettably become commonplace. Many adults spend ... Read More


Report points out negative aspects of remote working

Advances in digital technology such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers which enable employees to work at home and elsewhere are rapidly transforming the traditional model of work. Polity reports that the use of such technology has enabled employees ... Read More

Google ordered to hand over salary records

A judge has ordered Google to hand over salary records to the government in an ongoing investigation by the US Department of Labor (DoL), which has accused the technology corporation of systematically discriminating against women. The Guardian reports that Google ... Read More

Apps successfully match jobs to people

The idea of being able to find the perfect job candidate who is not only ideal in terms of qualifications and experience but also in terms of cultural fit, ethos and personality sounds too good to be true. Nonetheless, it ... Read More


* The illegal strike by the municipal workers union, Samwu in the Thabazimbi Municipality in Limpopo continues. The union is demanding protective clothing, especially for workers in the electrical and traffic departments. The strike started about a week ago. Read More

* A faction of the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has distanced itself from members who held a Joburg council executive hostage. A Samwu statement said the incident was sparked after city officials encouraged union members to withhold their subscriptions until ... Read More

* The giant state medical aid scheme, the Government Employees Medical Scheme, (Gems) will be building a new head office at a cost of almost R200m. Dr Guni Goolab, head of Gems, said that the fund expects to move into the ... Read More