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30 July 2021 Labour & Employment Watch


Threshold reached for public sector wage offer

After intense negotiations which played out in the shadow of a deepening Covid-19 induced economic crisis and the recent rioting and looting that hit the major economic hubs of Gauteng and KZN, the government has managed to reach a wage ... Read More

South Africa

Unemployment crisis deepens in aftermath of unrest

SA’s unemployment crisis is expected to deepen in the aftermath of the recent looting and destruction, says a Mail & Guardian report. Thousands of employees in affected sectors face the prospect of unemployment or reduced income even while retailers and ... Read More

Mchunu says state not willing to borrow for pay hike

The government is unwilling to borrow more than R70bn to meet its obligations to increase its employees' demands for a pay hike. Public Service & Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has warned that the government would have to borrow to comply ... Read More

SAA unit still awaiting funding to pay salaries

The repair and maintenance unit at SAA is yet to receive the R1.66bn due to it from the government, leading to a stalling of its retrenchment processes and possible partial payment of employee salaries. BusinessLIVE reports that SAA Technical ... Read More


Impossible standards for working mothers

Working mothers are often expected to work like they don’t have children and raise children as if they don’t work. Legalbrief reports that, according to two new Washington University in St Louis studies, this impossible standard is at the root ... Read More

Work experience needed for unemployed youth

More than 1.5m South Africans with post-school qualifications are without work. Rajan Naidoo, MD of EduPower Skills Academy, says in a Skills Portal report that first-time work seekers remain unemployed or under-employed and most will end up taking jobs ... Read More

Advantages to getting hybrid workplace right

By all indications the future of work is hybrid. But getting hybrid right will be hard, writes Jim Keane, president and CEO of Steelcase Ince, in a Harvard Business Review report. Deciding who works from the office and how often ... Read More


US likely under-reporting heat related injuries

Research has found that US Government agencies are likely significantly undercounting the number of workplace injuries caused by extreme heat, reports The Guardian. Federal and state Labour Departments keep track of heat-related injuries, which include conditions like dehydration and heat ... Read More

Return-to-work uncertainty linked to poor mental health

LifeWorks’ June Mental Health Index report has revealed a negative mental-health score among Britons for the 15th consecutive month. According to Business Wire, the research found that while many organisations have begun preparing return-to-workplace strategies, a significant portion of Britons ... Read More

Long Covid – a possible workplace crisis

Long Covid may pose a workplace crisis, as new data offers a snapshot into how sufferers feel the impact on their working lives. Business Insider reports that those self-reporting symptoms of long Covid say they are working longer hours than ... Read More


Zimbabwe plans to outlaw strikes by health workers

The Zimbabwean Government wants to outlaw industrial action by health workers through amendments to the Health Services Act. TimesLIVE reports the Zimbabwean Government has gazetted new provisions under the Health Services Act whereby nurses and doctors cannot go on strike ... Read More

UK employers to be held liable for harassment

UK employers will be held liable if they fail to take all reasonable steps to prevent employees from experiencing sexual harassment at work, Personnel Today reports the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has said. The government has published its response to ... Read More

Women paid less than men in US academic medicine

Women continued to be paid less than men in academic medicine, with gender gaps in salary and representation most pronounced in cardiology and other procedural specialties. Medpage Today reports that this is according to a cross-sectional analysis by Dr Nosheen ... Read More

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