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20 September 2017 Labour & Employment Watch

Focus


Saftu's struggle for Nedlac acceptance continues

Members of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) picketed last week outside the annual summit of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), protesting against delays over its right to affiliate to Nedlac and the submission of ... Read More

South Africa


Unions call for accountability on corruption

Trade unions have called on the government to hold their organisations accountable amid claims and proof of rampant corruption and maladministration in some unions. Business Day reports that the advent of ‘business unionism’, in which union leaders use their positions ... Read More

UCT workers withdraw plan to strike

UCT workers and student activists said they had no choice but to withdraw their planned strike over labour issues, after the university applied for a court interdict over two technicalities. According to a Cape Times report, SA Liberated Public Sector ... Read More

Transnet not contemplating forced retrenchments

Transnet said that it was not contemplating any forced retrenchments. According to Business Report, the state-owned rail, port and pipeline company said: ‘Any statement about retrenchments at Transnet is ill-advised, devoid of truth and may sow uncertainty among our employees ... Read More

Analysis


Saftu's bleak chances of getting into Nedlac

The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is gearing up for exactly the same battle that laid the previous new labour federation low – getting into Nedlac, the labour constituency that negotiates economic policy with business and government. Fin24 reports that ... Read More

Health


Work-related cancers kill 742 000 a year

Research has found that around 742 000 people across the world die annually from cancer linked to work activities. According to an International Workplace report, that estimate represents nearly double the number of deaths from workplace accidents. The new research ... Read More

World


Vetting practices not up to scratch – study

Companies may be inadvertently participating in modern slavery because their vetting practices are not up to scratch. People Management reports that a study from the Universities of Sheffield and Bath – which entailed interviews with experts in business, non-governmental organisations, trade ... Read More

Criminal records could be sealed from UK employers

Individuals’ criminal records in the UK could be sealed from employers as part of a series of recommendations made in an independent review of the treatment of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system. Personnel ... Read More

Toy giant cutting jobs worldwide

Toymaker Lego is cutting 1 400 jobs worldwide in the face of falling sales and profits, reports BBC News. The figure is 8% of the Danish company's 18 200-strong workforce, but it is not clear where the jobs will ... Read More

Briefs


* Former SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng may have to cough up more than R1m in legal fees after a recent Labour Court ruling. The court ruled that Motsoeneng, former news group executive Simon Tebele and the broadcaster itself are ... Read More

* The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has demanded Glencore raise coal mining wages by 15%, almost triple the inflation rate of 4.6%. Numsa also said it was pushing for an increase of 20% in all allowances. Read More

* Thousands of nurses are expected to call on the UK Government to end the 1% cap on public sector pay. The protest is the culmination of a summer of action by members of the Royal College of Nursing who say ... Read More