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22 February 2017 Labour & Employment Watch


Extending minimum wage to EPWP could cost billions

The government might have to fork out an extra R10bn if the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) decides that temporary workers employed under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) be included in the national minimum wage. Business Report ... Read More

South Africa

Sona speech fell short on 'many issues' – Cosatu

President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament fell short on many issues and failed to chart a path for economic recovery. Polity reports that this was according to Cosatu, which said Zuma’s speech showed ... Read More

Bus passenger sector facing full-blown strike

A full-blown industry strike is imminent in the bus passenger sector. Fin24 reports that this is the warning from National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim who announced that the union formally declared a dispute with ... Read More

Staff fired for striking over religious discrimination

A dispute over claims of religious discrimination between a group of employees and management at a road freight company has had a bitter ending, reports News24. Time Freight CEO Etienne van Ravesteyn has confirmed that a number of employees had ... Read More

Workplace Policy Watch

All parties, except Cosatu, sign labour agreements

Agreements negotiated in the National Economic Development and Labour Council on ‘modalities for the introduction of a national minimum wage’ and ‘a comprehensive set of measures to improve labour stability’ were signed in Cosatu’s absence – by representatives of government ... Read More


Looking at ways to enforce minimum wage compliance

Failing to comply with the national minimum wage could result in fines to employers as part of a penalty to ensure their buy-in, says Gilad Isaacs, researcher for the National Minimum Wage Initiative, in a Fin24 report. Considering examples where ... Read More


New EC initiative to protect against work-related cancer

A new initiative from the European Commission will aim to better protect workers against work-related cancer, to help businesses, in particular SMEs and micro-enterprises, in their efforts to comply with the existing legislative framework, and to put a bigger focus ... Read More

Unhealthy employees costing UK firms billions

Unhealthy employees are costing British firms around one month a year in lost productivity, according to a report from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW). HR Magazine reports that the study investigated the link between employee ill-health (primarily driven by lifestyle ... Read More


Women still enjoying working in their 60s and 70s

The arc of women’s working lives is changing – reaching higher levels when they’re younger and stretching out much longer – according to two new analyses of US census, earnings and retirement data that provide the most comprehensive look yet ... Read More

France urged to overhaul employment legislation

The boss of Wall Street giant JP Morgan has warned the French President that the country is unlikely to lure banking jobs away from London after Brexit unless the nation overhauls employment legislation. The Daily Telegraph reports that Jamie Dimon ... Read More

'Millennial' men earning less than their predecessors

A generation of ‘millennial’ men are falling behind their predecessors on pay amid a shift towards them taking lower paid jobs traditionally done by women, Sky News reports a study by the Resolution Foundation has found. By the time they ... Read More


* A full investigation into a physical confrontation between some union members and shop stewards at Impala Platinum in Rustenburg is under way. Implats spokesperson, Johan Theron, said there was no damage to mine property during the incident. Read More

* The Cosatu-affiliated National Education and Allied Health Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has warned against electing former AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next ANC leader. Nehawu general secretary Bereng Soke raised concerns that under the leadership of Dlamini-Zuma state capture ... Read More