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25 February 2020 Labour & Employment Watch


Eskom prepares for voluntary retrenchments

With a proposed bail-out plan questioned and threatened by legal action, cash-strapped Eskom says it has put aside funds for voluntary retrenchments, writes Legalbrief. Trade union Solidarity has threatened legal action against a proposed plan to use the pensions of ... Read More

South Africa

Labour Department 'not taking aim' at Saftu

The Employment and Labour Department has said it is not using new strike ballot rules to take aim at Cosatu’s rival, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), reports the Mail & Gaurdian. In the wake of the labour ... Read More

Public sector unions baulk at pay freeze comments

Government is seeking to cut 30 000 state jobs and freeze pay increases for three years, according to Cosatu. That’s part of the state’s proposal to reduce its wage bill, which makes up 35.4% of national spending, reports Moneyweb ... Read More

Numsa and NUM butt heads at Rustenburg mine

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday voiced its concern that more than 100 of its members were allegedly ‘being held hostage’ underground at the Lanxess chrome mine in Rustenburg. Mining Weekly quotes NUM branch chair at the Lanxess ... Read More


GDP growth, not training, will solve jobs crisis

Martin Luther King went on a three-week retreat to Jamaica, where he finished writing his last book, which, according to Mark Engler, was one of King’s most sustained pieces of economic reflection – it articulated a Keynesian, demand-side critique of ... Read More


Employees taking their jobs on holiday with them

‘Leavism’ is the new ‘presenteeism’ as increasing numbers of employees take work on holiday to avoid being seen as lazy or shirkers by their bosses. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, the phenomenon has been identified by psychologist ... Read More

Poor health a major cause of low productivity

Poor health is a major cause of low productivity, People Management says a UK parliamentary report has found, calling for employers to do more to tackle poor employee wellbeing. The analysis of NHS data said high levels of chronic illness ... Read More


No pay for smoke breaks, Spanish court rules

A company that stopped paying its employees for smoking breaks has won its case in Spain's High Court. According to a BBC News report, energy company Galp says it was implementing Spanish law when it began deducting time spent ... Read More

'Outdated science' behind AI systems facial readings

Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that companies claim can ‘read’ facial expressions is based on outdated science and risks being unreliable and discriminatory. The Guardian reports that this is the warning from one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology ... Read More

Polish coal miners’ negotiating position weaker

Polish coal miners planning a protest in Warsaw this month may find it more difficult than ever to secure their pay hike demands, says a Mining Weekly report. The workers, whose strong negotiating position harks back to the Solidarity union’s ... Read More