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23 May 2019 Labour & Employment Watch

Focus


Registrar 'cracking the whip' over compliance

It seems that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) – which was last month threatened with de-registration – is not the only union the labour registrar has in its sights in its crackdown on compliance issues, writes Legalbrief ... Read More

South Africa


Amcu's appeal against Lonmin/Sibanye merger dismissed

The Competition Appeal Court of SA (CACSA) has gave the green light for JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater’s proposed takeover of LSE- and JSE-listed Lonmin, dismissing an appeal filed by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), reports Mining Weekly ... Read More

Future will see higher productivity but fewer workers

The workplace of the future will see employees more educated and working fewer hours but at higher productivity levels. The Times reports that’s the view of economist Mike Schussler of Economists SA who said the retirement age would also be ... Read More

Fedusa head sacked over AYO share scandal

Former Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George has denied personally benefiting from AYO Technology shares, saying there was a ‘deliberate misrepresentation’ of his position in facilitating the acquisition of shares in the controversial company. According to ... Read More

Analysis


Latest labour stats no consolation for NMW proponents

The first evidence of the 'brave new world of a much-improved national minimum wage (NMW)', through Stats SA's Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter of 2019, provides no consolation for proponents of the new policy. Brian Kantor ... Read More

Health


Workers need more protection against air pollution

Ambient air pollution should be treated as an occupational health hazard and outdoor workers should receive better protections. Personnel Today reports that this is according to the British Safety Council (BSC) which said the government and regulatory bodies such as ... Read More

Workplace interventions can improve sleep patterns

Simple workplace interventions, like educating employees about the importance of sleep and providing behavioural sleep strategies, may produce beneficial results. This is according to a review that showed that in most studies, employer-sponsored efforts to encourage improved sleep hygiene and ... Read More

Outdoor workers need UV protection

Employers of outdoor workers have been urged to provide staff with high-protection sun cream, after a survey revealed a third did not use sun protection on the job at all during the record-breaking UK summer of 2018. Personnel Today reports ... Read More

World


Women bring economic benefits to the workplace

The benefits of women in the workplace are even greater than originally thought, according to a study by the International Monetary Fund. Skills Portal reports that if countries with low gender equality improved their equality ratings, they could see their ... Read More

UK ahead of the curve on whistleblowing systems

Switzerland and UK were the leading countries in Europe with systems in place for whistleblowing. Although 35% of UK businesses have no system in place for whistleblowing, a comparison with other economically similar nations in Europe shows that the UK ... Read More