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23 August 2017 Labour & Employment Watch


Mining companies looting SA – Mathunjwa

Trade union leader Joseph Mathunjwa has accused mining companies of looting the country and pouring their money into foreign investments rather than the domestic economy. Business Day reports that Mathunjwa‚ president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu ... Read More

South Africa

Concern over public sector wage negotiations

The weak economy, political instability and high cost of living are some of the factors that are expected to make 2017’s public sector negotiations the ‘most difficult’ to date, reports Business Day. Trade unions are gearing up for an ... Read More

Solidarity urges debate on the loss of minority rights

Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis has called on Lonmin CEO Ben Magara to participate in a live television or radio debate on its decision to remove the recognition and organisational rights of minority trade unions – Solidarity, the National Union ... Read More


Employment key to policymaking

Only an economy where employment is placed at the centre of economic policymaking will work for SA. This will require a complete shift in mindset, says Jakkie Cilliers, head African futures and innovation, ISS in an extract from Fate of ... Read More


Health and chronic stress levels gauged

People in low-paid or high-stress jobs may experience worse health problems than those who are unemployed. People Management reports that this is according to researchers at the University of Manchester who examined the self-reported health and chronic stress levels of ... Read More

Demand for health and safety professionals rises

With the increase in health and safety laws and regulations locally and globally over the past decade – as well as an increase in personal injury litigation – the strong demand for professionals in the health and safety field is set to ... Read More


Workplace hostile for most US employees

A survey of US workers has found that many feel stressed, face hazardous conditions, and even hostile environments at their place of employment. Forbes reports that the RAND Corporation, alongside Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles ... Read More

Google employees consider class action suit

More than 60 current and former Google employees are considering bringing a class-action lawsuit alleging sexism and pay disparities against women, as the technology giant wrestles with a deepening crisis over alleged discrimination. The Guardian quotes James Finberg, the civil ... Read More

Low-skilled jobs draw applicants in the UK

There are 24 applicants chasing every low-skilled job vacancy in the UK, according to the latest Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD and The Adecco Group. This compared with a median of 19 candidates for medium-skilled vacancies, and eight for ... Read More


* Amnesty International has urged South African authorities to move forward with prosecutions over the killing by police of 34 people at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum operations five years ago. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate recommended the prosecutions of police officers ... Read More

* Chinese company Jingmen Hubei will open two more factories in Durban, KZN Premier Willies Mchunu has announced. The factories will feature a large recycling park and are expected to create up to 1 000 jobs. Read More