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18 June 2021 Labour & Employment Watch


Master plan to rescue 200 000-worker steel industry

There is good news for the steel manufacturing sector, which employs 200 000 people, with an agreement on a new master plan aimed at rescuing this strategic industry, writes Legalbrief. The Department of Trade, Industry & Competition has announced that ... Read More

South Africa

Ramaphosa to announce new focus on jobs for youth

Government will launch a range of additional measures on Youth Day to address youth unemployment, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his weekly newsletter on Monday. According to Ramaphosa, youth unemployment is his government's biggest concern, reports News24. Two weeks ... Read More

Facilitator's wage proposals anger unions

An independent facilitator last week proposed real cuts for local government workers, potentially giving the government’s vow to cap growth in its wage bill a shot in the arm, reports Business Day. Having initially agreed to the process, unions reacted ... Read More

‘Fed up’ Ingonyama employees poised to strike

Employees at the Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) staged a series of lunchtime pickets this week and are preparing to go on strike over alleged unfair labour practices at the ITB and its refusal to recognise the National Education, Health and ... Read More


Human skills in the 4IR space

The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) will continue to make some jobs redundant while triggering new jobs that haven’t yet been imagined. In an HR Pulse analysis, Insaaf Daniels, at RedPanda Software, says, however, when it comes to the types of ... Read More


Sick days quadrupled in UK in 2020

The average employee in the UK called in sick four times in 2020 – almost double the number of sick days taken in 2019 (2.6), Personnel Today reports a survey has found. Although 2020 saw employees working through the ... Read More

Hospital employees may not refuse vaccine – judge

A US federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 employees at Houston Methodist Hospital who were suing the hospital system over its Covid-19 vaccine requirement. According to a report on the NPR site, in a five-page ruling issued ... Read More

Drivers with shift work sleep disorder more likely to crash

People who work non-traditional work hours, such as 11pm to 7am, or the ‘graveyard’ shift, are more likely than people with traditional daytime work schedules to develop a chronic medical condition, shift work sleep disorder, Science Daily reports. According to ... Read More


Ikea France fined €1m for snooping on staff

A French court has ordered Ikea to pay a fine of €1m (£860 000) after the Swedish furniture chain was found guilty of spying on staff in France, reports the BBC. Ikea France was accused of using private detectives and ... Read More

UK lags rest of Europe in important business skills

The UK is lagging behind in important business skills compared with other European countries, reports Personnel Today. According to US online skills company Coursera, the UK is the lowest performing country in Europe for business skills, at 29% overall proficiency ... Read More

New UK watchdog to tackle modern slavery

The UK Government has set up a new body to tackle modern slavery, enforce minimum wage legislation and protect agency workers. HR Magazine reports that the new watchdog will protect the rights of UK workers and aims to dismantle corrupt ... Read More

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