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13 April 2024 Labour & Employment Watch

Focus


Saving Sapo via retrenchments

As part of government's effort to create a lean, agile and cost effective entity, business rescue practitioners have risked union ire and begun a massive retrenchment process at the SA Post Office (Sapo), writes Legalbrief. Questions have been raised ... Read More

South Africa


'Ill-advised' Motsoaledi backtracks on visa rules

The Department of Home Affairs has been forced to withdraw its latest visa rules which came under heavy criticism on several fronts – not least because they promulgated the Second Amendment of the Immigration Regulations a day before the closing ... Read More

R23.8bn jobs partnership with private sector

In a pre-elections boost for the economy, Employment & Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced an allocation of R23bn to the UIF labour activation programme, notes Legalbrief. A BusinessLIVE report says the programme provides training for employment and entrepreneurship programmes and ... Read More

Historic five-year gold sector wage deal hailed

In a historic wage agreement that guarantees mining labour stability, JSE-listed miner Harmony Gold signed a multi-year, above-inflation pay deal giving mineworkers raises of as much as R1 500 in 2029. Harmony Gold and the NUM, Amcu, Numsa, Solidarity and ... Read More

Analysis


Let the CCMA function as it should

After wasting millions of rands on failed projects, since 2019, the Department of Employment & Labour (DEL) is desperately trying to restructure itself to put some emphasis on job creation. All this, when the one entity within the department that ... Read More

Health


Action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground fatalities

SA’s mining industry is investing R46m in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. Engineering News reports the FoG action plan is being implemented through the Minerals Council SA with the assistance of its Rock Engineering Technical Committee, and ... Read More

World


UK changes to halt silencing effect of NDAs

The UK Government plans to introduce legal changes to clarify that non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) cannot be legally enforced if they stop victims from reporting a crime, such as sexual harassment. The changes, announced on 28 March, will also ensure victims ... Read More

Soft skills growing in demand – new study

As technology rapidly changes, so does the shift for a variety of skill sets in the workplace. Social, emotional and communicative skills especially have grown in demand. Hiring managers have come to appreciate these soft skills as essential tools for ... Read More

Planned Nigerian telecoms strike suspended

The Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN) has suspended its planned strike. The union's general secretary, Okonu Abdullahi, said the suspension was a result of agreements reached with the subcontractors it had issues with. Vanguard ... Read More

Briefs


Gender pay gap increasing at Goldman Sachs

* The gender pay gap among UK staff at Goldman Sachs has reached 54% – its highest level since data was first gathered in 2017. The figures reflect the fact that women are not widely represented in the higher levels of ... Read More

Return to office policy brings strike action

* Employees at the Office for National Statistics in the UK have narrowly voted in favour of a strike over a return to office mandate. In November 2023, employees were told that they would need to spend 20% of the working ... Read More

BOOK REVIEW


EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS 4e

    EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS 4e By John Grogan Publisher: Juta Employment Rights is part of a quartet of volumes covering South African labour law. It examines employer-employee relations from employment commencement to termination, focusing on the legislative impact on managerial prerogative ... Read More

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