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29 March 2017 Labour & Employment Watch


Marikana compensation amounts not yet quantified

A lawyer representing wounded and arrested Marikana mine workers has not been formally approached by the government about a compensation offer, despite the state saying last week it had set aside R1.17bn for such a process. Business Day quotes ... Read More

South Africa

Major strike action threatened over Eskom closures

One of the country’s largest strike actions is about to take place, according to the National Union of Metal Workers of SA (Numsa). City Press reports that the union is calling for a national shutdown after Eskom announced recently ... Read More

Numsa members must support new federation – Jim

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim has called on members to support the formation of a new federation and Workers’ Party adding that details would be revealed at an appropriate time. According to a report in The Herald, Jim envisages the ... Read More


Good business to hire the overqualified

‘You’re overqualified’ may be the worst of many bad reasons for not getting the job, says a Financial Times report. The glib rejection hides a range of concerns including the fear that such applicants will be too costly (even ... Read More


Low skills increasing suicide risk

Women working in culture, media and sport and men in low-skilled roles are most at risk from dying from suicide, according to analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) commissioned by Public Health England (PHE). HR Magazine ... Read More

Wellbeing initiatives to address stress levels

Nearly two thirds (63%) of UK employees experience stress in their jobs, according to a new study of workplace wellbeing. Of those who find their roles demanding, nearly one in 10 said their job was very stressful. To address the ... Read More

Interest in 'healthy' buildings increasing

Improving lighting, ventilation and heat in office buildings can boost workers’ performance and productivity and can even help them sleep better at night – which is why developers, architects and businesses are becoming increasingly interested in ‘healthy’ buildings. According to Joseph ... Read More


Not many permanent gig economy workers

Most people working in the gig economy in the UK are doing so to top up earnings from a permanent job elsewhere, according to a large-scale CIPD survey that suggests the impact of new online work platforms has been relatively ... Read More

Women lack managerial support to reach the top

The lack of senior females in the executive pipeline could be linked to how they are line-managed, particularly at the mid-career stage, People Management reports that new research suggests. Men were much more likely to get advice from managers on ... Read More

Young mothers experiencing discrimination

Almost four in 10 (39%) young mothers in the UK have been questioned in job interviews about how being a mother would affect their ability to work, People Management reports that a new survey has revealed. The research from the ... Read More


* A three-week-long strike costing R2m a day has had dire consequences for workers: mass dismissal. Hardboard manufacturer‚ Evowood (formerly Masonite)‚ confirmed it has dismissed 434 workers at its Estcourt mill. Read More

* The Department of Labour’s commission of inquiry into the Grayston Drive bridge collapse, which was scheduled to resume at the end of the month, has been postponed again. The inquiry was postponed due to ‘technical challenges’ affecting the proceedings ... Read More