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30 November 2021 Labour & Employment Watch


Unions object to 'suffocating' repo rate hike

Trade unions have voiced their unhappiness over the SA Reserve Bank raising the repo rate in its bid to curtail inflation, writes Legalbrief. They say this, added to high fuel prices, Covid-19, devastating rolling blackouts, job losses and salary cuts ... Read More

South Africa

Eskom lifestyle audits flag high-risk cases

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter said the lifestyle audit on 383 executives and senior managers and their partners highlighted 34 high-risk cases that were referred to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). IoL reports that briefing the Standing Committee on Public ... Read More

Unions reject Sibanye’s increased wage offer

Mineworkers have rejected a wage proposal by Sibanye-Stillwater that would have increased the gold miner’s wage bill at its gold operations by R1.4bn in 2023 and are contemplating embarking on a wage strike should the parties fail to reach ... Read More

Saccawu calls for consumer boycott of Massmart

The SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) is set to ramp up its indefinite strike at struggling retail giant Massmart by calling for a consumer boycott of the company’s 413 stores across the country from Monday. BusinessLIVE quotes ... Read More


SA workers not guaranteed 'right to disconnect'

Portuguese lawmakers recently approved measures to support employees’ right to disconnect from work as more people perform their jobs remotely. But, Business Tech reports that, looking at what the law says in SA, Gillian Lumb and Taryn York, employment law ... Read More

Workplace romances can be 'contractually' regulated

Romantic relationships at the workplace, although intrinsically private, can unfortunately often be associated with workplace disharmony, favouritism and sexual harassment, exposing the employer to increased risk. Legalbrief reports that Gael Barrable and Tanya Mulligan, partners in the employment, benefit, industrial ... Read More

Skills for board chair role now more complex

The role of board chair has been undergoing a steady evolution over the past few decades, write Parmi Natesan, CEO and Professor Prieur du Plessis, facilitator at the Institute of Directors SA, in a Business Day analysis. They write that ... Read More


Macho culture exacerbates men's health problems

Research has found that 39% of men will wait until a health problem becomes more severe before talking to a line manager or HR, reports Cover Magazine. Furthermore, 37% of employers said that one of the main issues when trying ... Read More


UK and SA lag in board gender diversity

Women make up less than a tenth of CEOs at listed companies in the UK, which is lagging behind other major global economies, reports Personnel Today. According to executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, which analysed the profiles of 1 ... Read More

Supreme Court likely to decide US vaccine mandates

Legal challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate are likely to end up in front of the Supreme Court, where a conservative majority seems ripe to limit the federal government’s ability to police workplaces in emergencies more broadly, reports Politico ... Read More

Bookstore's battle may upend Australian workplace

An independent bookstore in a Sydney suburb is the unlikely battleground for a union battle that could upend workplace relations in Australia, says a Sydney Morning Herald report. Better Read than Dead, a Sydney literary institution and a small business with ... Read More

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