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29 September 2020 Labour & Employment Watch


Scramble to save SAA goes to the budgetary wire

The scramble to save SAA is on, reports Legalbrief – and the national carrier's employees and creditors have been asked to be patient as the Public Enterprises Department looks for a constructive solution to the challenges the airline faces ... Read More

South Africa

Union stalls Comair business rescue plan

Comair’s business rescue plan, adopted by a majority of shareholders and creditors on Friday 18 September, appears dead in the water with a big union opposing the proposals to ostensibly amend the terms and conditions of employment of its members ... Read More

Shedding light on July take-home pay decline

SA’s take-home pay took a sizable downswing in July 2020. This follows on from June 2020’s figures and, to some extent, mirrors the movements in the economy. However, other drivers, which contributed to this month’s movements, should be considered as ... Read More

Unions and government urged to buy local

Government departments and trade unions will have to buy local in terms of an economic recovery action plan agreed on at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), reports Business Day. The plan aims to drive infrastructure investment and ... Read More


Better deal for workers, including domestics

Until now, it has been difficult to explain to domestic workers why they could not claim from the state for injuries incurred at work. This is now set to change, as the Department of Employment & Labour recently published a ... Read More


Missed eye tests could put staff at risk

Missed eye tests during the lockdown and reduced optometrist capacity could mean serious eye conditions including glaucoma and macular generation may not be getting diagnosed. Personnel Today reports that this was the warning from Eye Health UK, which has estimated ... Read More

Home working may increase musculoskeletal problems

Poor home working set-ups could be causing thousands of workers discomfort, with four in five who began working remotely in lockdown developing some form of musculoskeletal pain, reports Personnel Today. UK charity Versus Arthritis called on firms to encourage their ... Read More


Home/office combination best option – survey

A global survey of employers has found that productivity, creativity and motivation are maximised when staff combine working from home with working in the office. Personnel Today reports that nearly half (46%) of 1 500 ‘senior office occupiers’ surveyed by ... Read More

More than half of European employers will let staff go

More than half (59%) of European employers are expecting to make staff redundant once government support comes to an end, according to research from employment and labour law practice Littler. HR Magazine reports that only 17% of respondents said they ... Read More

Zimbabwe’s teacher unions to resume strike

With public exams around the corner and a national lockdown that closed all schools for close to seven months, Zimbabwe’s education system was left in a shambles on Monday after all three teachers' unions said their members would resume their ... Read More