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16 July 2019 Labour & Employment Watch


SA pins hopes on 4IR to grow economy

As mentioned in his recent State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Cyril Ramaphosa is pinning his hopes on harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to help boost SA’s economic prospects, writes Legalbrief. The President brought together public- and private-sector ... Read More

South Africa

More employers failing to pay salaries – Cosatu

There is a growing number of employers who are failing to pay worker salaries, both in the private and public sector. The Citizen reports that according to Cosatu, ‘The trend started almost two months ago in the security sector where ... Read More


Underground strike a 'powerful moment' — Numsa

The nine-day underground strike by workers at the Lanxess crome mine near Rustenburg in June, during which workers demanded that management immediately suspend and discipline an alleged perpetrator of sexual harassment, was 'astounding' given the victories in the fight for ... Read More


Obesity increases cancer risk

One in three (29%) UK adults faces an increased risk of developing bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver case because they are obese, according to Cancer Research UK. Personnel Today reports that while smoking is still the UK’s biggest preventable cause ... Read More

Asbestos exposure an ongoing risk for workers

Deaths from mesothelioma in the UK reached 2 523 in 2017, largely as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure before the risks were known. Personnel Today reports that this is according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that found ... Read More

Flexible workplaces improve mental well-being

Nearly 40% of people employed at flexible workplaces claim it has significantly improved their mental health. This is according to Wildgoose, which conducted a survey of workers aged 45 or under to ask their thoughts on flexible working. The results ... Read More


French execs face prison over bullying suicides

Former executives at France Télécom could face prison over organised workplace harassment that led to a spate of staff suicides a decade ago. The Guardian reports that French state prosecutors have urged judges to find the executives guilty of moral ... Read More

Indian women undergo womb removal to work

A vast majority of women in India, especially those from poor families, with no agency and no education, are forced to make choices that have long-term and irreversible impacts on their health and their lives. BBC News reports that in ... Read More

Gig employers' 'uncommon' tactic negates worker rights

The perennial issue in the gig economy is whether workers should be classified as employees. Bloomberg reports that at US company Getaround, the start-up is employing an uncommon legal tactic in the hope of defeating a class-action lawsuit before it ... Read More