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25 November 2017 Labour & Employment Watch

Focus


Cosatu to strike if PIC funds go to bailout

Cosatu will go on a national strike if funds from the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) are used to bail out the ailing SAA, Parliament has heard. The Citizen reports that the federation was presenting its submission to the Standing Committee ... Read More

South Africa


Electricity price hike could cause massive job losses

The proposed 19.9% electricity hike by Eskom will result in job losses in the steel and engineering sector, warned an economist for the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa). Mining Weekly quotes Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba ... Read More

Joint venture boosts rural jobs

A company set up by traditional leaders and the private sector aims to give people in rural areas the opportunity to participate in SA's economy, reports The Times. The United Royal Kingship Holdings (URKH) is wholly owned by the ... Read More

Angry reaction to Molefe's SANDF job

The SA National Defence Union (Sandu) says it plans to lay criminal charges after reports that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has been appointed to serve as a highly paid military colonel. Eyewitness News quotes reports as saying that Molefe ... Read More

Analysis


GEPF 'over-exposed' to SA economy

The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is ‘over-exposed’ to the SA economy and this needs to be addressed. Fin24 reports that this is according to Abel Sithole, the fund’s principal executive officer who said the GEPF has had an ... Read More

Health


Address sleep deprivation to improve the bottom line

At the moment we’re seeing a trend of sleep deprivation, which, says an HR Magazine report, is despite a significant body of evidence outlining the detrimental effects, including on-job satisfaction, workplace deviance, workplace motivation, unethical behaviour and abusive supervisor ... Read More

Desk-based workers want to walk as well as stand

Desk-based workers would like to spend less time sitting down and more time walking or doing physical activity as part of their working day, research suggests. To match these preferences, health promotion activities to reduce sitting time in the workplace ... Read More

Still work to do to drive injuries down

The latest annual injury and ill health statistics from the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.3m workers were suffering from work-related ill-health and there were 609 000 workplace injuries in 2016/17. International Workplace reports that ... Read More

World


Desire for self-protection causes cheating

Workplace cheating is a real and troublesome phenomenon, and new research from the University of Georgia explains how it starts – and how employers can help prevent it. ‘It's the desire for self-protection that primarily causes employees to cheat,’ said ... Read More

Employees pressured by unspoken expectations

Unspoken workplace expectations pressure employees to adopt less balanced lifestyles to progress their careers. HR Magazine reports that according to research from Bridge by Instructure of more than 1 000 office workers in the US, 78% thought working more hours ... Read More

Tesla accused of racism in lawsuit

Tesla has been hit with another lawsuit over the working environment at its Fremont, California assembly plant, this one alleging the factory is a ‘hotbed for racist behaviour’. NBC News reports that the electric carmaker, which bills itself as a ... Read More

Briefs


* An employee at Harmony Gold’s Masimong mine in the Free State was killed in a fall-of-ground-related incident on Saturday. An investigation into the accident is under way. Read More

* The National Union of Metalworkers of SA said that its members will meet with the management team at appliance manufacturer, Whirlpool, in KZN to discuss the ongoing strike at the firm. At least 900 workers, including non-union members, have been ... Read More

* Further retrenchments are looming at Group Five following the revision by the listed construction and engineering group of its strategy. CEO Themba Mosai said that some businesses may need to be closed, which would have an impact on employment by ... Read More