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18 October 2021 Labour & Employment Watch


Low strike turnout may signal Cosatu’s waning power

A major shutdown was expected last Thursday when Cosatu leaders and their affiliates announced a one-day strike in a bid to force the government and private sectors to stop the freezing of wages, retrenchments and the sale of state-owned companies ... Read More

South Africa

Striking Numsa workers to consider new wage proposal

Employers in the steel and engineering industry have upped their salary increase offer to striking workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in the hope of ending a damaging strike that’s entering its second week. Business ... Read More

Taxi group blames staff transport services for violence

More employers are providing transport for their staff, which is effectively eroding the customer base and causing a rift in the local taxi industry, the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) has noted. Reacting to allegations of extortion in the Western ... Read More

SA officially withdraws support of Mdwaba’s ILO bid

After days of an information blackout by government, BusinessLIVE reports that Cabinet has officially withdrawn its support for businessperson and labour guru Mthunzi Mdwaba’s bid to lead the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The AU said, in a document, it ‘ ... Read More


Incapacity as a defence for misconduct

A recent judgment (BS Pahlanga v Petro Oil Gas (C564/2019) [2021] (9 July 2021)) by the Labour Court addresses the role that incapacity can play when an employee is charged with misconduct, and whether an employer is required to ... Read More

Mandatory vaccination disputes may head to courts

SA employers may be able to terminate the employment of their unvaccinated staff on the grounds that the employee cannot contractually perform the requirements of their jobs, reports Fin24. It's likely that the first cases about the issue will ... Read More

Covid-19 a powerful incentive to invest in AI

As the coronavirus pandemic enveloped the world last year, businesses increasingly turned to automation in order to address rapidly changing conditions. Author Martin Ford writes in The Guardian that with the worst days of the pandemic hopefully now behind us ... Read More


Over half not wearing noise protective gear, study finds

A study from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that more than one-half of noise-exposed workers did not use hearing protection ‘always’ or ‘usually’ when exposed to hazardous occupational noise. According to an Occupational Health and ... Read More


California law prohibits NDAs in settlement agreements

In a sweeping expansion of existing law, California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that broadly prohibits non-disclosure clauses (NDAs) in settlement agreements involving workplace harassment or discrimination on any protected bases, not just sex. JD Supra reports that SB ... Read More

Drivers sue Uber over ‘racist’ facial recognition

Uber is being sued over its ‘racist’ facial recognition algorithm which is five times less likely to recognise darker-skin drivers, preventing them from signing on to work. According to a report in The Independent, the Independent Workers’ Union of Great ... Read More

Amazon announces more flexible remote work plan

Amazon no longer plans to bring corporate employees back to the office en masse in early January but will instead leave the decisions to individual team leaders at the director level, CEO Andy Jassy is quoted in Geek Wire as ... Read More

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