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21 June 2018 Labour & Employment Watch


Gordhan powers up Eskom wage talks

Negotiations to end the wage dispute between Eskom and its employees have begun. The power utility had initially said that it could not afford to grant salary increases this year because of a strategy aimed at easing pressure on its ... Read More

South Africa

Mines inspector compiling accident report – Minister

The acting chief inspector of mines is compiling a report on all accidents that occurred at Sibanye-Stillwater mining operations since the beginning of this year, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is quoted in Mining Weekly as saying. ‘This will enable ... Read More

Teachers' right to strike could be in jeopardy

A government agency is investigating whether to declare teachers and education support staff essential services, following a request from the DA. Business Day reports that the probe has potentially far-reaching implications, as workers who are deemed to render essential services ... Read More


Regulation on minimum wage exemptions 'onerous'

The Labour Minister has drafted regulations with regard to the application for exemption from paying the national minimum wage, which Michael Bagraim, DA labour spokesperson describes in a letter to Business Day, as incredibly onerous, ‘in fact almost ridiculous in ... Read More


Saliva test to show workers at risk of burnout

A simple saliva test can show within hours whether someone on the job is overly stressed and at risk of burnout, News24 reports researchers said. Measuring levels of the anti-stress hormone cortisol at different times of the day more accurately ... Read More

Exercise reduces fatigue caused by work demands

Physical exercise may reduce fatigue caused by work demands. However, says a Medical News Bulletin report, exercise seems to decline as work-related exhaustion increases. This creates a vicious cycle; a person experiences stress, the stress reduces their overall health and ... Read More

Noisy workplaces impact on sleep quality

Being exposed to a noisy workplace all day may cause stress that carries over into the evening and reduces sleep quality, a small study from Taiwan suggests. Researchers found that when workers had higher occupational noise exposure, they had higher ... Read More


Advice for employers during World Cup month

Four weeks of World Cup football matches have kicked off and a Personnel Today report looks at what employers need to be wary of. Emma Bullen, HR team leader at MHR, says: ‘Just because World Cup fever is sweeping the ... Read More

Death spike could see rethink in UK pension age plans

A recent spike in deaths could prompt the UK Government to rethink pension age and backtrack on previous plans to make people wait longer to access their state pension, People Management reports experts are warning. Data has revealed that there ... Read More

Employees need pay gap figures explained

People need more support when interpreting gender pay gap data to help them draw meaningful conclusions, a UK Government report has concluded. According to a People Management report, it also warned previous research suggested employers might be unlikely to take ... Read More


* Approximately 150 trucks from a transport company stopped on either side of the N4 near Komatipoort in Mpumalanga as drivers embarked on a strike. Hlasinyane Motaung of the Motor Transport Workers’ Union said that protected strike action was because ‘the ... Read More

* The municipal workers’ strike in Port Elizabeth is set to continue. Officials say they are waiting for the mayoral committee to sign off on a new long-service bonus offer. Read More

* Optimum mine workers are threatening to continue their demonstrations until they're paid. They say they haven’t been paid in two months. Read More