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19 August 2022 Labour & Employment Watch

Focus


Labour federations plan nationwide shutdown

SA’s two major labour federations are to show their dissatisfaction with the government’s ability to deal with rising inflation and the high levels of unemployment plaguing the country, separately announcing, national stay-aways, writes Legalbrief. But the South African Federation of ... Read More

South Africa


Marikana survivors a step nearer Ramaphosa hearing

The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has moved a step closer to hearing the claim against President Cyril Ramaphosa by the 349 surviving Marikana mine workers. The group of workers, some injured and later arrested for the murder of their own ... Read More

Working groups to facilitate social compact

Government, labour unions and business representatives agreed to form working groups that will aim to find agreement on a plan for reviving SA’s ailing economy, reports Fin24. Representatives of the National Economic Development and Labour Council have made the decision ... Read More

Judgment in retirement age case

The dismissal of employees who have reached and worked beyond the normal retirement age has been found to be fair, says Werksmans Attorneys in a Business Tech report. Jacques van Wyk, director and Andre van Heerden, senior associate at the ... Read More

Analysis


Jury still out on the metaverse workplace

It’s been nine months since Facebook renamed itself Meta and since then, the economy has been going through the pains of a slowdown with tech layoffs and the back-and-forth debate of whether we’re in a recession or not. But, none ... Read More

Environment will benefit from four-day week

Reducing the workweek to four days could have a climate benefit. This is according to advocates who say that in addition to improving the well-being of workers, slashing working hours may reduce carbon emissions. It’s what you might call a ... Read More

Health


Prepare for climate change, UK authorities warn

Employers must act now to ensure workplaces are ready for warmer weather in the future, HR Magazine reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced. After July’s record-breaking heatwave, which reached temperatures of more than 40°C, the HSE has ... Read More

World


Canadian worker wins sex discrimination case

Employers are encouraged to ensure they have policies in place that prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, and to ensure that their employees acknowledge they have read and understand such policies, write Rhonda B Levy and George ... Read More

Youth unemployment dropping, but not enough

The total global number of unemployed youths should fall to 73m in 2022, down by 2m from the year before. However, the UN's International Labour Organisation said, the figure is still 6m higher than the pre-pandemic level of 2019 ... Read More

Nedbank Zimbabwe announces retrenchments

Nedbank Zimbabwe Ltd has retrenched 23 workers, including 10 managers, with effect from 1 August, reports Pindula News. The bank’s spokesperson, Mary-anne Kwidini, said the compulsory retrenchment exercise is in line with changes in the company’s strategic focus. She said ... Read More

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