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27 June 2017 Labour & Employment Watch


New Mining Charter causes consternation

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says government and the mining industry need to ‘go back to the drawing board’ to recraft the Mining Charter, following the recent gazetting of a third version that has caused deep consternation within the industry and ... Read More

South Africa

Solidarity and others declare metals industry dispute

Trade union Solidarity, along with other unions, have declared a dispute with employers in the metals and engineering industry over stalled wage negotiations that are currently under way at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), reports Engineering News ... Read More

Sibanye wins US agreement but SA mine stays closed

Dual-listed Sibanye has secured a two-year wage agreement with the United Steel Workers of America, International Union – the representative union at its newly acquired Stillwater Mining Company platinum group metals operations in Montana, in the US. Mining Weekly reports that ... Read More

Forensic assistants strike at Gauteng’s mortuaries

The strike by mortuary employees that began on 8 June in Johannesburg, subsequently spreading into various parts of Gauteng, has continued into its second week. The Citizen reports that desperate families now find themselves waiting anxiously for the backlog of ... Read More


The many things wrong with the Mining Charter

There are so many things wrong with the Mining Charter, it’s difficult to know where to start, writes James Lorimer, DA Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources in a Daily Maverick report. He says that there’s the way it ... Read More


Employees say work is bad for their health

Thomsons Online Benefits' Global Employee Benefits Watch 2017/18 report, which surveyed more than 2 000 office workers around the world, found that 51% of employees think work has a detrimental impact on their wellbeing, reports HR Magazine. The research ... Read More


Moving from paper-based health and safety policies

Relying on traditional paper-based health and safety policies, which can be easily lost or damaged, is one of the key reasons why employees are failing to comply with regulations. According to an International Workplace report, research from WorkMobile finds that ... Read More

Flexibility needed to deal with 'Sandwich Generation'

Most employers expect and plan for their employees to take maternity or paternity leave at some point during their career, and many also expect the occasional minor disruption when, for example, an employee’s child is unwell and needs caring ... Read More

Japan has most unengaged workforce

Professional services company JLL has surveyed more than 7 000 employees across 12 countries to discover that 40% of respondents felt ‘very engaged’ at work, while 48% felt ‘somewhat engaged’. Personnel Today reports that in the UK, 89% of workers ... Read More


* Fired SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been paid R1.7m by the public broadcaster while he was on suspension. This was revealed in a written parliamentary reply by Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo in response to a question posed by the ... Read More

* Municipal workers in Bloemfontein have returned to work after a month-long strike. Members of the SA Municipal Workers' Union were asking for salary increases and protesting against what they describe as illegal appointments, nepotism and victimisation. Read More

* The Department of Transport says the taxi strike in Midrand has been called off following an agreement between the SA National Taxi Association (Santaco) and SA Taxi Finance Holdings. Ishmael Mnisi said: ‘Santaco will brief its members on the agreement ... Read More