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28 May 2017 Labour & Employment Watch


Court may have to decide baffling Molefe questions

Did Brian Molefe resign, retire or was he retrenched as Eskom CEO? More importantly, will he be retained as CEO following his surprise return to the state power utility? Fin24 reports that these questions may only be answered in the ... Read More

South Africa

Saftu and Amcu co-operating on some campaigns

The new South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) are co-operating through campaigns to fight unemployment and commemorate the Marikana killings in August. Polity quotes Saftu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi as saying ... Read More

Cosatu meeting disrupted by 'former' Samwu members

Disgruntled ‘former members’ of the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have disrupted a central executive committee meeting of Cosatu, in a bid to vent their frustrations towards the trade union federation. But, The Times reports that according to Samwu ... Read More


Vavi capitalises on Cosatu's preoccupation

In 2015, Sidumo Dlamini’s camp was firmly in charge of the country’s largest trade union federation. Cosatu’s biggest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa), was expelled in 2014 and general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was axed ... Read More


Unwell employees at work is false economy

Seven in 10 (69%) UK private sector employees – the equivalent of 18m nationally – have gone to work unwell when they should have taken the day off, People Management reports a new study has found. By comparison, the fourth edition of ... Read More


Ill-fitting safety gear putting women at risk

Ill-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) that isn’t designed to protect women workers can get in the way of them doing their job safely. According to an International Workplace report, a TUC study has revealed that despite a legal duty ... Read More

Levels of authority lower for female-stereotyped roles

Customers afford less authority to male managers in jobs more typically associated with women, but the same cannot be said for the reverse, reports Personnel Today. When men occupy male-stereotyped roles, they experience higher levels of authority. In female-stereotyped roles ... Read More

US firms face labour compliance challenges

The patchwork of labour and employment requirements at the state and local levels in the US has created compliance challenges for about eight out of every 10 employers, according to a survey from the law firm Littler. ‘As states and ... Read More


* City of Cape Town employees signed up with the SA Municipal Workers' Union will be paid more than R25m to address a discrepancy in the city's pension fund contributions since 2000. The city and the union settled out of ... Read More

* The South African Municipal Workers' Union is threatening to shut down Mangaung municipality in Bloemfontein. The workers have been protesting over what they’ve listed as failed promises of salary adjustments, illegal appointments, nepotism and victimisation of members. Read More

* Stuttafords has shut three of its department stores as the struggling retailer puts up a fight to fend off liquidation. It’s unclear how many job losses will be incurred from the closures, but since the group placed itself into ... Read More