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20 April 2018 Labour & Employment Watch


Saftu rejects minimum wage and threatens unrest

The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has threatened to make the country ‘ungovernable’ if government continues with its plans for a R3 500 minimum wage. Polity reports that Saftu has demanded what it calls a living wage and has ... Read More

South Africa

Molefe loses court bid to halt pension payback

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has to pay back the money given to him and won’t get his job back after the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) dismissed his application for leave to appeal with costs, this week, reports Business Day ... Read More

Social unrest impacting SA's platinum belt

The eastern limb of SA’s platinum belt has been hit by more than 400 incidents of social unrest impacting mining operations since the start of 2016. Eyewitness News reports that this is according to data compiled by Anglo American Platinum ... Read More

Eskom's funds appeal 'unjustifiable' – Cosatu

Cosatu has rejected Eskom’s appeal to the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to recover its costs in the provision of electricity, calling it ‘unaffordable, unreasonable and unjustifiable’, reports Engineering News. ‘We have no faith in Eskom. We completely reject ... Read More

Workplace Policy Watch

Longer process to pre-empt Minimum Wage Bill challenges

According to one Department of Labour media statement issued last week, National Assembly Labour Committee members will require more time than originally envisaged if they are to arrive at legislation mitigating the possibility of numerous ‘court hearings’. In another statement ... Read More


EU takes steps against workplace-related cancers

The European Commission is taking another important step to protect workers in the EU from workplace-related cancer as well as other health problems, says an International Workplace report. The Commission proposes to limit workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals, in ... Read More

UK employers lead in offering mental health support

A survey of 202 UK employers, conducted as part of Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends report, found that more than a third (36%) offered mental health counselling to their staff. This compared to 21% of organisations worldwide, reports Personnel ... Read More


UK companies keen to retain EU employment laws

Most British companies want to retain current EU rules – including those governing employment law – after Brexit, People Management reports a study from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found. Of 23 business sectors in the UK, 18 ... Read More

Survey finds most are satisfied with their jobs

One in four workers in the UK feel their job negatively affects their mental health, according to a new CIPD survey that seeks to accurately measure job quality and quantify the idea of ‘good work’ in the UK. People Management ... Read More

Poor company culture is costly

Employees quitting their jobs because of poor company culture costs the UK economy £23.6bn a year, HR Magazine reports research by breatheHR has revealed. The study found that a third (34%) of British employees have quit their jobs as ... Read More


* UK unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 1975 during the quarter to February 2018, as average wages overtook inflation for the first time in a year. But the data masks underlying problems with the UK workforce, including the growing ... Read More