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20 October 2017 Labour & Employment Watch

Focus


Transparency paramount at the PIC

The DA is proposing draft legislation that will strengthen transparency and accountability at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which is responsible for managing government employees’ pension funds. David Maynier, DA spokesperson on finance, is quoted in Fin24 as saying that ... Read More

South Africa


Departments 'hostile' towards arbitration awards

National and provincial government departments have shown a ‘hostile’ contempt for labour courts and arbitration bodies in the past four years as a quarter of all arbitration awards issued against them were not complied with. Business Day reports that this ... Read More

Commission needed to probe mine deaths – Amcu

In addition to regular inquiries in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has called for a commission to be set up by the Department of Mineral Resources to determine the ... Read More

Continued production at mines is saving jobs

Sibanye-Stillwater saved up to 10 000 jobs by backing away from a decision to close up to 300 000 ounces of annual platinum group metal (PGM) production from its Rustenburg mines, saying it was on track to save R1bn at ... Read More

Analysis


SA SMMEs' job creation potential hobbled

The SA Government has pinned its hopes on the unlocked potential of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) as it battles a stubbornly high jobless rate which stood at 27.7% in the second quarter of 2017. The National Development Plan ... Read More

Health


Mental health discrimination is common

47% of workers with a mental health issue have felt discriminated against in the workplace because of their condition, according to research released on World Mental Health Day, by Badenoch & Clark, part of The Adecco Group UK and Ireland. Onrec ... Read More

World


Harassment complaints continue to rise

A comprehensive study from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2016 uncovered some troubling truths about harassment in the workplace. An Atlanta-Journal Constitution report says in a preface to the report, EEOC co-chairs wrote the number of harassment ... Read More

Over-dedicated equals least productive

Workers who are most dedicated to their job and feel it is integral to their life and identity are also among the least productive. People Management reports that this is according to a new study by Dr Michael Clinton, at ... Read More

UK apprenticeship levy 'not working'

Official figures released in the UK recently show a steep fall in the number of apprenticeships against the same period last year. The statistics showed that between May and July apprenticeship starts dropped from 113 000 in 2016 to just ... Read More

Briefs


* No retirement package was approved for former National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said. He was responding to a parliamentary question by the DA’s Dianne Kohler Barnard who had asked if not, if one was being ... Read More

* The UK Government’s independent economic forecaster has admitted it will need to ‘significantly’ lower its estimates for the productivity of UK workers. The Office for Budget Responsibility said the average rate of productivity growth of 0.2% over the ... Read More