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21 August 2018 Labour & Employment Watch


Cosatu warns government over job losses

Government has been given an ultimatum to stop discussing the fate of public servants unilaterally or risk losing Cosatu’s support at next year’s general election. Fin24 reports that Cosatu's national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla’s remarks come in the context of ... Read More

South Africa

Minister concerned over Gold Fields' retrenchment plan

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has voiced his concern over Gold Fields’ plan to retrench more than 1 500 employees at its troubled South Deep mine, reports The Citizen. The company said the retrenchments were its latest attempt to turn ... Read More

Jobs on the line at KZN construction firm

Another decades-old construction firm has been pushed to the brink of collapse: this time, engineering and building group Esor, which has applied for business rescue of its largest subsidiary, Esor Construction, reports Business Day. The company owes about R130m to ... Read More

Gautrain strike ends but financials remain contentious

The Gautrain strike has ended after two weeks‚ with operating company Bombela agreeing to give workers an 8% salary increase. ‘The company has agreed to give our members an 8% increase‚ backdated to July 15‚’ The Times quotes Federation of ... Read More


Managers must understand definition of sexual harassment

SA’s courts have given a clear indication of the seriousness with which they are viewing sexual harassment in the workplace. Audrey Johnson, a director in ENSafrica’s employment department is quoted in Business Tech as saying: ‘In light of the sharp ... Read More


After-hours work anxiety impacting on families

Employer expectations of work e-mail monitoring during non-work hours are detrimental to the health and well-being of not only employees but their family members as well. William Becker, a Virginia Tech associate professor of management in the Pamplin College of ... Read More

Increasing time taken off for mental ill-health

Business leaders say the number of staff taking time off for mental ill-health is on the increase. People Management reports that just under 30% of businesses surveyed by the British Chambers of Commerce and Aviva said they had seen an ... Read More


Employers at risk in 'always-on' work culture

Smartphones are encouraging employees to exceed the number of hours they are contracted to work, which in some cases could lead them into conflict with their employers. Personnel Today reports that a recent case in Ireland saw a business executive ... Read More

Support for over-50s workers must improve

More than half of over-50s in the UK feel unsupported at work although millions of employees are planning to work longer than they had previously expected. Personnel Today reports that this is according to a study that revealed that almost ... Read More


* Temporary teachers who assumed their duties at the start of June have seemingly gone unpaid due to the Education Department’s ‘heavy workload’. Ad-hoc teachers teaching at least four schools in Limpopo were affected. Read More

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