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19 September 2018 Labour & Employment Watch


Cosatu gets its first female leader

For the first time in its history, Cosatu will have a female leader after Zingiswa Losi was nominated unopposed. The Citizen reports that the trade union federation’s four-day congress got under way on Monday, with delegates electing new leaders on ... Read More

South Africa

Nedlac to engage with SAHRC over affirmative action

The government is seeking to engage the SA Human Rights Commission after the Chapter Nine body reportedly found that the country’s affirmative action and employment equity policies were unconstitutional. Fin24 reports that in her opening address at the 23rd annual ... Read More

Current job market tougher than 10 years ago

A study conducted by MasterStart, an online learning solutions provider for academic institutions has found that 80% of SA’s workforce believe the current job market is tougher than it was 10 years ago and just more than 20% of workers ... Read More


Cosatu hobbled by dysfunctional affiliates

Labour federation Cosatu has continued to bleed members and cannot get a handle on major affiliated unions that have become embarrassingly dysfunctional, says a City Press analysis. A number of the federation’s affiliates are simply too small to sustain themselves ... Read More


Younger workers more aware of adverse impact of work

Six in 10 younger workers think their current working conditions have an adverse effect on their health and wellbeing, highlighting the need for employers to consider the benefits packages they offer younger staff. Personnel Today reports that a survey has ... Read More

Fatigue impacting on performance

A study looking at how fatigue impacts performance found that three in 10 workers have had an accident, made a serious mistake or felt exceptionally stressed as a result of tiredness. Personnel Today reports that the survey of 1 000 ... Read More


Young women still reluctant to report harassment

A quarter (24%) of young women would be reluctant to report sexual harassment at work for fear of losing their jobs. People Management reports that this is according to The Young Women’s Trust’s survey of 4 000 people aged between ... Read More

UK workers ethically flexible but quick to blow whistle

UK employees take a more lenient approach than the European average to questionable workplace behaviour but are more likely to blow the whistle if they are aware of misconduct. Personnel Today reports that the Institute of Business Ethics survey asked ... Read More


* Cell C employees say they are frustrated after learning that its executive directors saw their pay more than quadruple in 2017. They said: ‘During the bonus pay-out for 2017, we were advised the company could not honour payments of full ... Read More

* Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has, once again, had to issue a disclaimer on the financial statements of the Compensation Fund, which provides compensation for workers injured or made ill at work. The finances of the fund have been in a disarray ... Read More

* The Department of Labour is set to unveil training programmes aimed at creating jobs in the aviation, maritime commercial diving and agricultural sectors. The projects are being undertaken through a partnership agreement between the Dr John Langalibalele Dube Institute and ... Read More