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20 September 2019 Labour & Employment Watch


Unions baulk over ‘secret ballot’ warning

Most of SA’s unions and labour federations have reacted negatively to the statement by the office of the Registrar of Labour Relations, Advocate Lehlohonolo Daniel Molefe, that it was now illegal to embark on strike action before conducting a secret ... Read More

South Africa

Minister, unions square up over public sector staff

Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu is looking to reach a much-needed agreement with labour this week over the future of staff, as part of processes involved in the macro reconfiguration of the state. City Press reports that the ... Read More

Nxesi blames 'shady' employers for xenophobic attacks

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has apportioned some of the blame for the sporadic xenophobic attacks in the country to unscrupulous employers and despotic leaders. According to a Cape Times report, Nxesi said these employers pitted the local working ... Read More

Car sector wage deal hailed

Car sector employers have hailed the multiyear wage agreement reached with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), saying it creates stability and policy certainty in the embattled sector. Business Day reports that the parties signed a wage agreement ... Read More


Protecting the informal sector to create jobs

The publication of SA’s latest unemployment figures was accompanied by the usual wringing of hands and promises of job creation. But Mike Rogan, associate professor at Rhodes University, and Caroline Skinner, senior researcher at the African Centre for Cities, UCT ... Read More


Better to manage root causes of workplace stress

Stress and mental health at work are significant issues in most industries; the latest statistics in the UK suggest work-related stress is on the increase. HR Magazine reports that in the past year 595 000 workers across Britain reported experiencing ... Read More


50 000 GM workers strike in the US

General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union have restarted negotiations earlier after nearly 50 000 members went on strike against the US automaker. According to an International Business Times report, this is the first time in 12 years that ... Read More