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27 November 2020 Labour & Employment Watch

Focus


Truck drivers' protests threaten regional economy

Threats to block freight trucks driven by foreign drivers from entering Durban’s harbour had implications for the entire SADC region, said KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala, who has roped in the national Departments of Labour, and Home Affairs to deal with ... Read More

South Africa


Cele warns EFF after threats against police officers

Police Minister General Bheki Cele has called on police officers to protect themselves following ‘reckless, irresponsible and dangerous statements’ made by EFF leader Julius Malema at the weekend. On Sunday, Malema, while addressing party supporters, complained that the police had ... Read More

Numsa appeal against Comair fails

The Labour Court has dismissed an appeal by the National Union of Mineworkers (Numsa) against local airline Comair and competing union Solidarity. Numsa wanted the court to declare that Comair and its business rescue practitioners acted in a procedurally unfair ... Read More

UIF could collapse if Ters drain continues

SA’s Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has warned that UIF could collapse if it is forced to again extend special benefits to workers who’ve lost income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, reports Moneyweb. The government initially committed ... Read More

Analysis


Challenge of empty offices as work shifts to remote

What to do with the glut of (half) vacant office buildings dotted across global business hubs? That’s a question increasingly occupying the minds of players in commercial real estate, writes Joan Muller, Financial Mail’s property writer. 'We barely had a ... Read More

SA risks falling behind on digital skills

Covid-19 has changed the way many businesses function. The world is moving towards being more digital, but the South African job market could be falling behind. Martin Pienaar, COO of Mindworx, a digital talent agency said SA needed to work ... Read More

Health


Obesity discrimination still ‘rife’

Obesity discrimination is still 'rife' in the workplace, a report has found, with overweight women in particular facing wage penalties and other barriers in their careers. People Management reports that the study, by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), found ... Read More

World


Germany adopts ‘historic’ boardroom quota for women

Germany’s coalition government will introduce a mandatory quota for the number of women working as senior management in the country’s listed companies, The Guardian reports. In a move hailed as a ‘historic’ step towards sexual equality in German boardrooms, the ... Read More

Women falling behind in the workplace

Workplace equality is suffering from the devastating impact of Covid-19, with women falling further behind men in their treatment by employers, People Management reports a charity has warned. In a report released to mark Equal Pay Day – the date ... Read More

Pandemic top worry for workers from home

Worries about Covid-19 are affecting wellbeing as employees work from home, but loneliness and having to juggle domestic responsibilities with work are also having an impact. Personnel Today reports that this is according to research from the University of Exeter ... Read More