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18 January 2021 Labour & Employment Watch


Unions slam 'sluggish' vaccine rollout plan

Government's vaccine rollout plan, largely kept under wraps until President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize this week finally laid out more details, has drawn criticism from unions over its scatter-gun approach. Legalbrief reports that unions and medical ... Read More

South Africa

Safety key as workers return

As some South Africans returned to work after the festive season break, the implementation of Covid-19 safety measures was high on the list of priorities for workers and employers, reports TimesLIVE. The Employment and Labour Department called on businesses to ... Read More

PSA seeks to overturn LAC ruling on salaries

The Public Servants Association (PSA) says it will approach the Constitutional Court to overturn a Labour Appeal Court ruling which found that the state did not have to give public service workers the third year of salary increases as agreed ... Read More

CWU won’t accept SABC’s retrenchment process

Following an announcement by the public broadcaster that it had wound up its retrenchment process, the Communications Workers Union says that in its view, the Section 189 process at the SABC has not been concluded. The Citizen reports that the ... Read More


‘She-cession’ has been real, but there is hope

It was one of the most widely telegraphed risks at the onset of the pandemic: women, who seemed to suffer less from the Covid-19 disease, would probably pay a steeper economic price than men. Bloomberg reports that the clues were ... Read More


Guidance on managing ‘long Covid’ released

New guidance has been published on managing the long-term health effects of Covid-19, or so-called ‘long Covid’. Personnel Today reports that the guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Royal College of General Practitioners and ... Read More

Employers must respond to wellbeing benefit changes

In the working world alone, Covid-19 has changed almost every aspect of lives, from interaction with others to what constitutes ‘the workplace’. Personnel Today reports that even though vaccines are now offering a path – a hope – out of ... Read More


European countries report jobless numbers

Germany’s Federal Labour Agency has reported that the number of jobless fell in the country by a seasonally adjusted 37 000 year-on-year in December, despite a tightening of lockdown restrictions, reports Personnel Today. Analysts had expected an increase in unemployment ... Read More

Four-day week could be affordable for most firms

A carefully designed four-day week could be introduced in the UK immediately and be affordable for most firms with more than 50 workers, a thinktank has said. The Guardian reports that a study by Autonomy – which is campaigning for ... Read More

Tailored approach needed for personality and age brackets

Personality and age play a large role in staff behaviour and mindset at work, according to research, prompting calls for employers to adopt a more tailored approach to wellbeing for certain personality types and age brackets. People Management reports that ... Read More

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